Online Guide to EU Funding Supports the Cultural Sector

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 30 November 2021

CulturEU is a portal that explains EU funding opportunities for businesses in the cultural and creative sectors. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these sectors have been hit hard by restrictions. Since the onset of the pandemic, the Commission has taken numerous measures to address the consequences of the coronavirus crisis on the creative and cultural sectors

The CulturEU site includes a total of 75 funding opportunities from 21 different EU programmes, including Creative Europe and Horizon Europe, to structural funds and InvestEU. If you are a cluster or SME in the cultural sector, this tool can help you to find relevant funding opportunities. 

Key sectors covered are architecture, music, audio-visual, books and publishing and performing arts. Businesses can filter relevant funding opportunities according to their needs, sector and organisation. 

Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said: “Artistic freedom, creativity and cultural diversity are emblematic of our European way of life. Europe is a cultural powerhouse that needs its creative and cultural sectors to thrive. Alongside Next Generation EU, we are launching today a new online tool to enable our artists, creators and culture professionals to easily navigate and choose the most relevant support schemes at the EU level. Together we can achieve a sustainable recovery for the creative and cultural sectors across Europe.” 

Adding to this, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel said:  “Cultural and creative sectors have the unique power to improve lives, create community bonds, generate jobs and growth and to inspire other sectors of activities. It was high time to accompany cultural actors in their search for European funds and to gather in one single guide all the funding opportunities the EU offer them. This unprecedented mapping allows all cultural actors to find the best European funding for them among 75 opportunities in just three clicks. I trust that this guide will further contribute to making our funds more accessible to all cultural organisations and help them on their way to a sustainable recovery.” 

Other actions taken at the EU level since the start of the pandemic include: 

  • Launching the platform Creatives Unite for artists, performers and other cultural and creative professionals to share information 

The CulturEU portal can be found here. 

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