Media and the Arts

Please note that programme details for the 2021-2027 framework are forthcoming and the information below relates to programmes from the 2014-2020 framework; however, there may currently be open funding calls for this programme.

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Creative Europe is the European Commission's framework programme for support to the culture and audio-visual sectors. 


It funds: 

  • Culture sector initiatives, such as those promoting cross-border cooperation, platforms, networking, and literary translation. 

  • Audio-visual sector initiatives, such as those promoting the development, distribution, or access to audio-visual works. 

  • Cross sectoral opportunities  

  • Youth and the arts. 


Creative Europe’s stated aims are to: 


  • Help the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation; 

  • Enable the sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion; 

  • Give Europe's culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences. 


Want to find out more? 

You can read more on the Irish Creative Europe website and contact the national Creative Europe Desk

Current Funding

Preparatory Action: Bottom-up Policy Development for Culture & Well-being in the EU

The European Commission adopted the Annual work programme for the implementation of Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions in the areas of education, youth, sport and culture on 4 March 2020.

The preparatory action ‘Bottom-up Policy Development for Culture & Well-being in the EU’ will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and success stories in the EU, related to the role of culture for well-being and health.

Deadline: 14 May 2021 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

Application Link

Programme Overview

The action shall allow mapping of the most relevant existing practices in this regard, including those that are financed by European programmes, and building up the capacity of local actors to effectively benefit from culture as a means to increase well-being and health, with a special focus on mental health. The action will also carry out small-scale pilot work on the ground on ways of cooperating across sectors in order to enhance the well-being of individuals and communities.

The preparatory action should in the first place establish and explore synergies with existing policies and programmes as well as with past, ongoing and planned actions – in particular those at EU level, but also local, regional and national (or macro-regional) initiatives. Synergies should be sought with (but not limited to) funding streams and projects/initiatives such as:

  • Creative Europe
  • Horizon 2020
  • Erasmus+
  • European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), including Interreg, URBACT and Urban Innovative Actions
  • Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
  • Peer-learning projects financed by the Creative Europe programme: Cultural Heritage in Action, Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities, European Creative Hubs Network
  • Cultural and Creative Sectors & Local Development (joint OECD-European Commission policy project )
  • Structured dialogue of the European Commission with the civil society (so-called Voices of Culture)

The action should also take stock of relevant reports issued by the Open Method of Coordination expert groups set up by the Work Plans for Culture 2011-2014, 2015- 2018 and 2019-2022, focusing on the topics of accessibility of culture, role of culture for cohesion and inclusion and other potentially relevant issues. The recommendations from selected reports of these groups should be taken into account in conceptualizing the project methodology, structure and themes.

Eligibility & Programme Detail

Budget Available

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects under this call for proposals

is estimated at 500 000 EUR. The European Commission expects to fund one single proposal. The financial contribution from the European Commission cannot exceed 80% of the total eligible costs. The amounts mentioned in the present document are subject to the release of the necessary appropriations by the budgetary authority. The Commission reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available.

Eligible Activities

The following types of activities are eligible under this call for proposals:

  • actions aimed at involving a wide range of stakeholders to facilitate cross-sectoral cooperation with culture and other areas, in particular the healthcare, social care, science and technology, education and rural and regional development
  • study visits, meetings and workshops
  • peer-learning, training and skills development activities
  • actions aiming at the creation and improvement of networks, exchanges of good practices, guidelines, manuals
  • studies, analyses, mapping projects and other research activities
  • conferences, seminars and other awareness, dissemination and communication activities.

Implementation Period

The indicative duration of the action is 18 months. It is expected that the action start in the second semester of 2021.

Eligible Applicants

In order to be eligible, proposals must be submitted by applicants meeting the following criteria:

1) be a public or private organisation with legal personality (natural persons are not eligible to apply for a grant under this call)

2) be a single entity -or a consortium of at least two legal entities led by a coordinator with demonstrated experience in working on the topics of cultural participation and/or culture and well-being and/or cooperation between culture and other sectors (at least two out of the three topics should be covered)

3) have their registered legal office in one of the Member States of the European Union.

For British applicants:

Please be aware that following the entry into force of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement on 1 February 2020 and in particular Articles 127(6), 137 and 138, the references to natural or legal persons residing or established in a Member State of the European Union are to be understood as including natural or legal persons residing or established in the United Kingdom. UK residents and entities are therefore eligible to participate under this call.

Supporting documents

In order to assess the applicants' eligibility, the following supporting documents are requested:

  • Private entity: extract from the official journal, copy of articles of association, extract of trade or association register, certificate of liability to VAT (if, as in certain countries, the trade register number and VAT number are identical, only one of these documents is required);
  • Public entity: copy of the resolution, decision or other official document establishing the public-law entity;
Application Details Full details are available on the European Commission website: Application Link