Calls for proposals

Areas to be supported

Actions under the sub-programme Creative European Culture:

  • "European-level cooperation projects" means transnational cooperation projects in which cultural and creative organisations from different countries undertake sector-specific or cross-sectoral activities.
  • Literary translation projects – translation of literature and promotion of translated works.
  • Support forEuropean networks – activities organised by European networks bringing together cultural and creative organisations from different countries.
  • "European platforms" means the activities of European-oriented organisations fostering the development of emerging talents, transnational mobility of cultural actors and creators and the dissemination of works with a wide-ranging and lasting impact on the cultural and creative sectors.


In the call for proposals for cooperation projects, a new category will be added – medium-sized projects. The co-financing rates offered by Creative Europe will also become more favourable.

Support will be given to collaborative projects that contribute to the following objectives:

  1. European co-creation of works and strengthening the cross-border mobility of works and professionals.
  2. Enhance the capacity of the European cultural and creative sectors by:
    - Cultivating new talent.
    - Create innovations and new practices.
    - Promotion of the field.
    - Creating jobs and growth.

In addition, priority will be given to projects addressing at least one of the following priorities:

  • Audience: increase access to and participation in culture; increased audience engagement; both physically and digitally.
  • Social inclusion: increase social inclusion in/through culture; especially for people with disabilities, minorities and people belonging to socially excluded groups; as well as intercultural dialogue.
  • Environment: contribute to the inclusion of the European Green Deal and the New European Bauhaus by encouraging the European cultural and creative sectors to create, use and disseminate more environmentally friendly practices and to raise awareness of sustainable development through their cultural activities
  • New technologies: supporting the uptake of new technologies in the field to increase competitiveness during and after the COVID crisis.
  • International dimension: Capacity building of the European cultural and creative sectors, including at grassroots level and in micro-organisations, to be active on the international stage.
  • Annual sector-specific priorities to support capacity building in the field. For example, training, networking or support for entering markets. Sector-specific priorities for 2021:
Book sector: strengthen the capacity of professionals in the book sector to sell translations or rights in order to increase the circulation of European literary works, especially those written in lesser-used languages, in Europe and beyond.
Music sector : Building on the experience of 2018-2020 and taking into account the effects of the pandemic, the aim is to strengthen the capacity of music professionals in the following:
(1) the creation, promotion, distribution and monetisation of music to help the sector to implement new digital, legal and technical trends, in particular as a result of market innovations and new business models,
2) Cross-border distribution of European music and music exports outside the EU.
Architecture: Strengthen the capacity of European architects to:
1) communication and co-creation during the planning, planning and construction phases with citizens and relevant stakeholders
2) Integrating the European Green Deal and in particular the New European Bauhaus principles into practice
3) the internationalisation of careers in Europe and beyond.
Cultural heritage sector: to strengthen the capacity of cultural heritage professionals in:
(1) involving citizens in the interpretation, communication and promotion of cultural heritage in order to develop relationships with audiences and stakeholders, taking into account evolving technological and digital methods of delivering content and archived outputs and lessons learned from being stuck due to COVID-19;
(2) digitisation of cultural heritage material, landmarks and historic buildings, including the use of 3D and artificial intelligence technologies;
(3) Risk management of cultural heritage with a focus on prevention of and preparedness for natural and non-natural hazards, including climate change adaptation and mitigation in line with the principles of the European Green Deal.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be legal entities.
  • Must be established and officially registered in a country participating in the Creative Europe programme.
  • Natural persons are not eligible, with the exception of self-employed persons (i.e. self-employed if the enterprise does not have a separate legal entity from a sole proprietorship).
  • The lead partner must have been operating legally for at least 2 years by the deadline for submitting applications.

mobility through the i-Portunus program

i-Portunus supports the mobility of artists, creators and cultural professionals between all countries participating in the Creative Europe programme. The second pilot project was selected and co-funded by the Creative Europe programme and a consortium led by the Goethe Institute together with the French Institute and Izoljatzia. The second phase will run from the end of 2020 to the end of 2021.

i-Portunus builds on the experience gained in the first phase and focuses its attention on other areas of international cultural cooperation in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the different sectors and their different mobility needs, as defined by On the move based on their experience.

i-Portunus 2020-21 will organise five open competitions to support the international mobility of artists, creators and cultural professionals in the fields of music, literature, architecture and cultural heritage. These open competitions are open for two months and open on three different dates: 9 December 2020 (translation of music and literature), 15 January 2021 (architecture), 15 February 2021 (music and cultural heritage).

Mobility should focus on residencies aimed at international cooperation, professional development and production. In each sector, i-Portunus focuses on specific needs.

i-Portunus has a budget of EUR 500,000.00, which will be distributed over the next five calls for proposals. The financial contribution shall be paid to applicants in a fixed amount to cover the cost of transport and the daily subsistence allowance, depending on the country of destination.

Publishing field

Support measures in the field of publishing have been fully reviewed and are now compatible with the sector-specific approach.

The translation of books is encouraged by 2-year contracts and 3-year framework contracts.

As a novelty, publishers will be given the opportunity to form consortia among themselves so that even smaller publishers can complete the number of books needed to receive support. Advertising of books is also important in the projects, and bookstores can also be involved in this. This approach supports the entire ecosystem of the publishing industry.

Platforms and networks

Platforms and networks have proven to be success stories of the Creative Europe programme and have made a major contribution to the development of participants' knowledge and skills.

Only two calls for proposals are planned for the networks during the funding period, the first of which, a round of 3-year grant agreements, should be announced quickly in order to avoid disruptions in their activities. A second call for applications is planned to be announced in 2023. It offers 4-year grant agreements until the end of the programme's funding period.

The first call for applications for platforms offering 4-year grant agreements will be announced in the first half of 2021. In 2024, a second call will be launched, offering three-year grant agreements until the end of the programme.