International Aid, Development & Cooperation

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The EU combines different types of support to countries in need through its International Cooperation and Development programme.

It provides funding in the form of grants to support projects and organisations furthering its development objectives. It also offers public contracts and provides budget and sector support. 

Call for proposals in this programme cover many topics, including: 

  • reducing global poverty; 

  • ensuring sustainable development; 

  • promoting democracy, peace and security. 

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More info on the International Cooperation and Development programme in available on its website and also check the emergency programme from DG Echo

Current Funding

EuropeAid: ACP-EU programme ‘Towards a viable cultural industry’ - Support for ACP audiovisual coproduction

The ACP-EU programme is designed to increase the revenue of creative industries in ACP countries by fostering recognition of their work, encouraging it to be valued and improving its accessibility both locally and internationally. Deadline: 31 May 2021, 16:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

The EU-ACP Programme is based on an innovative mechanism of supporting the audio-visual coproduction in the ACP countries.

Grants are awarded to existing co-production funds, on top of the grants that they normally award to their beneficiaries through their own calls for proposals. This decentralised approach facilitates the operators in the access to joint financing (basic support and a top-up), and also the circulation of ACP production in the national and international markets.

The first results of this new mechanism of support to the ACP audio-visual co-production sector, in 2020, are very encouraging.


The global objective of this call for proposals is to promote the economic and social development of the ACP countries through the emergence of the audio-visual sector, which is a driver of democratisation and human development, through:

  1. Increase of the revenues of the creative sector;
  2. Creation of employment linked to the sector
  3. Improved access to culture and contribution to a better recognition and valorisation of the artists and the cultural goods and services.

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:

  1. Improving the conditions for the creation and production of audio-visual works in ACP countries, by increasing funding for co-production and opening it up to co-production from those countries;
  2. Better preparation of ACP stakeholders in the audio-visual sector, in particular via capacity building and monitoring of funded projects;
  3. Allowing such works increased access to and circulation in national, regional and international markets through co-production with Europe;
  4. Increased access to financing mechanisms for productions from ACP countries.

Support will provide funding for audio-visual co-productions in addition to co-financing from existing European funds or funds from other partner countries, designed to support the audio-visual sector.

Financial support to third parties will be awarded through existing mechanisms designed to support the audio-visual sector.

Financial Allocation

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 4 150 000.

This call will select and subsidize existing funds supporting the audiovisual sector, whose main activity will then be to launch calls for grants to project owners in the field. They will also support field operators with capacity building activities.

The €4,150,000 envelope will be added to the funding that these selected funds usually grant on the ground via their calls for proposals. This decentralized approach facilitates operators’ access to joint financing (traditional support from co-production funds, supplemented by a “bonus” from the ACP-EU Culture Programme).

This cascade financing system will cover the co-production of film and audiovisual works, including the post-production phase. All lengths, formats and genres will be accepted: short films, feature films, TV series, web content and mini-series, fiction, animation, documentary, virtual reality, 3D and video games, etc.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants shall act as a consortium of at least two organizations, with equal or majority ACP representation. Consortia may apply for a minimum of € 1 037 500 or a maximum of € 2 075 000, representing a maximum percentage of 80% of the total eligible costs of the action.

Application Details

All criteria and available funds can be found on the dedicated page.