European Cultural Foundation (ECF)
ECF’s grants programme stimulates transnational cultural collaboration, artistic expression and the mobility of artists and other cultural players. The grants programme is devised as a two-way flow that empowers both the cultural scene and the ECF. ECF supports all kinds of artistic and cultural expression: music, visual arts, theatre, dance, film, documentary, multimedia, photography, design, fashion and cultural-capacity building.

Different grant schemes support projects in the following countries
Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, The Netherlands, Norway, Palestinian Territories, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

1. Collaboration grants
Collaboration grants fund transnational, cross-sectoral activities by independent cultural and artistic organisations working together or with independent organisations from other sectors. The main applicant needs to be a cultural organisation based in Europe (EU Europe and EU Neighbourhood region), while partner applicants can work in sectors outside the cultural field.
ECF regards the ideal ‘collaboration’ as one that brings a renewed understanding of Europe to people of all backgrounds, and inspires them to regard the world’s future as a shared enterprise. We particularly admire efforts that are daring, different and challenge the status quo. The average award funded is €15,000 with the maximum being €30,000.

Application deadline
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2. Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture
Independent cultural organisations, networks, foundations and/or associations are currently being invited to submit ideas for ‘Western Balkans Collaboration Projects in Culture and Arts’. Applications must be made in collaboration with a minimum of two partners from two of the Western Balkan countries listed above. Additional partnerships with organisations from other European and Mediterranean countries are welcome. However, the applicant and at least one other implementing partner must be from the Western Balkans.

Projects should specifically contribute to the following
• Broadened accessibility of and participation in quality, innovative, engaging culture programmes
• Increased collaboration and long-term partnerships between independent cultural organisations in the region
• Increased inter-sectoral collaboration
• Increased capacities of independent cultural actors

Further information

Application guideline

3. STEP Beyond Travel grants
fund up-and-coming artists and cultural workers - with a priority to individuals up to 35 years and/or in the first 10 years of their career - to travel between EU and countries bordering the EU. STEP - Beyond Travel Grants is providing between €250 and €700.

European Cultural Foundation (ECF)
Jan van Goyenkade 5
1075 Amsterdam
+31 20 5733868
+31 20 6752231