Marie Le Sourd - On the Move (2017): IETM Fund Finder 2017. Following the 2015 edition of the Fund-Finder IETM published an updated version with new links and examples. It provides information and tips about different online information platforms and funding programmes for initiatives of international or European scope in a format and language that are easily accessible for practitioners and professionals from the cultural and arts sector.

Rasoul Nejadmehr (2017): Research for CULT Committee - EU funding for cultural work with refugees: current practice and lessons learned. This in-depth analysis is an overview of publically funded cultural projects with refugees as target group. These projects are analysed in the light of two interconnected challenges in contemporary Europe, the challenge of good governance of cultural diversity and refugees’ aspiration to a good life in Europe. It asks the fundamental question of what it is to live a good life together in Europe today and how cultural interventions can contribute to this aspiration.

Rosanna Lewis & Polly Martin (2017): Research for CULT Committee - EU funding for cultural work with refugees: towards the next programme generation provides an analysis of current EU programmes 2014-2020 that support cultural work with refugees in Europe in the field (DG Education and Culture and DG Migration and Home Affairs), along with case studies of EU-funded projects. It offers feedback from these projects, recommendations on the future programme generation, and suggests actions for the CULT Committee and its Members in order to inform and influence the future EU programme generation beyond 2020.

European Commission (2017 - last updated August): Mapping of Cultural Heritage actions in European Union policies, programmes and activities. This mapping, prepared by the European Commission, provides an overview of EU policy actions and legislations and funding opportunities and programmes. It is divided into 14 chapters that focus on different parts of EU legislations related to cultural heritage. In each chapter specific policies are explained briefly and funding programmes and opportunities are introduced (except for the chapters on Education, cohesion policy, competition and citizenship which focus on one programme and are thus not divided). The mapping is a useful handbook for those interested in European funding and legislation. It provides a very well structured collection of brief and comprehensible summaries of different policies, legislations and (funding) programmes relevant for the European cultural and heritage sector.



European Commission (prepared by Isabelle de Voldere and Kleitia Zeqo) (2017): Crowdfunding - Reshaping the crowd’s engagement in culture. The role of crowdfunding has increased in the European cultural and creative sector (CCS) over the past years. Digitisation, the financial crisis and a growing interest in engaging with the public have poplularised crowdfunding as a method of fundraising and community building for the CCS. This study maps and analyses how crowdfunding is currently being used for the benefit of cultural and creative activities, and evaluates to what extent barriers hamper the further integration of crowdfunding in the financing mix and broader practice of CCS actors. Looking into different crowdfunding models, it examines the benefits of such campaigns beyond the financial realm and explores the value of partnerships between different actors. Based on the analysis, the study puts forward recommendations to policy makers on what is needed for crowdfunding to further develop as a multi-purpose tool for CCS practices.

The study is accompanied by a website – – that has been developed as a European information hub on everything related to crowdfunding for culture. The website contains among others:

  • map of all crowdfunding platforms across Europe (including comparative information on the crowdfunding models being used, costs of use, etc.) that have a specific focus on the Cultural and Creative Sectors;
  • a repository of case studies that have been developed in the context of this study; and
  • an inventory of interesting events, news, tools and studies that relate to crowdfunding for the CCS.

The 2015 IETM (International network for contemporary performing arts) publication - coordinated by On the Move - provides a detailed overview of public and private funding opportunities for the arts and culture in Europe and beyond: The Fund-Finder contains a comprehensive list of funding programmes at national, regional and local level and describes how artistic and cultural projects can fit with the objectives of several EU funding programmes other than Creative Europe.

Erasmus+ Funding Guide

Erasmus+ Funding Guide - (2014) A tool that provides thorough knowledge of the Erasmus+ Programme, valid as of January 1 2014.

European Commission (launched 2017): Project Database for the Creative Europe Programme. The European Commission's database contains descriptions of all projects funded under the Creative Europe - Culture sub-programme and some of the projects financed under the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme, including contact information for the organisations involved.
It also contains results for projects that have ended, including links to websites.
The database serves to enable others to learn from other institutions, share results and be inspired.

EU Commission: Survey on access to finance for cultural and creative sectors

EU Commission: Survey on access to finance for cultural and creative sectors - (2013).

Published: 2012. The objective of this Policy Handbook is to better sensitize local, regional and national authorities as well as the cultural community of the potential of cultural and creative industries in boosting regional and local development. The Handbook intends to help them in formulating local, regional and national strategies for cultural and creative industries. It also aims to serve as a tool for the planning and implementation of a strategic use of the EU support programmes, including the Structural Funds, to foster the potential of culture for local, regional, national development and the spill-over effects on the wider economy.

Report on the cultural sector's use of Structural Funds by EEN

Published: 2012. The European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) has worked on four papers analysing how the cultural and creative sectors could foster local and regional development in Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain. The report includes an overview of available information on how the Structural Funds have been used with regard to the cultural sector and an identification of priorities for investment in culture in 2014-2020 among others. Reports on other EU members States are in preparation