This part of the fundraising module will provide a complete overview of what exactly a project is, why it might be useful as a further funding opportunity and how programmes funded by the EU budget work.
The aim of this general overview is to provide the basis to properly understand which are the most suitable EU Programmes, and the related funding opportunities, for the cultural heritage field.
In order to take the first steps in European project planning and gain confidence, it is necessary to ask yourself some questions.:
- What is a project?
- Why we do projects?
- What is Project Management?
Activity: Look at the presentation introducing projects and project management
EU Cultural Policies
EU cultural policies, among others, are largely shaped by the six priorities identified by the European Commission for the fifth-year period 2019-2024: education, innovation, economic growth, social cohesion, and the strengthening of international cultural relations.
These pillars are further developed in the multi-annual Work Plan adopted by the Council of the EU.
Each policy priority is linked to specific actions that can be consulted in the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022.
Concerning funding programs more closely linked to culture and education, these are managed by the EACEA. (the Executive Agency of the European Commission responsible for the management of funds in the areas of education, culture, audiovisual, sport, citizenship and volunteering).
Activity: Explore the presentation on cultural policies and follow the links below
EU Funding Programmes
The EU has several different Funding Programmes which are relevant for cultural heritage organisations to apply for.
Those Programmes are managed with different implementation modes, depending on the nature of the funding and on the nature of the business or project:
All the programmes funded by the EU budget fall under one of three types of implementation modes:
To get funding for a project, the applicant needs to identify a relevant call for proposals/project and carefully follow the specific guidelines on how to apply – each call is unique. The project will compete for funding with those submitted by other applicants for that call.
Activity: Explore the links and extra resources that follow
Links and resources on European funding
Erasmus+ Programme Guide
Funding & tenders (europa.eu)
European Structural and Investment Funds – Regional Policy
Online Manual – Funding Tenders Opportunities
How to find and apply for funding