European Fundraising Opportunities

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.  

Project Management: 

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 

Synopsis Project: training – Project Management

Links to additional resources
Project Management: 12 Terms You Should Know – YouTube video
Project Management Methodology – developed by the European Commission

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). 

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Activity: Explore the presentation on cultural policies and follow the links below

Synopsis Project: training – Cultural Policies

Other Links 
A new European Agenda for Culture
Mapping cultural heritage actions

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

Direct Funding
Indirect Funding 

 All the programmes funded by the EU budget fall under one of three types  of implementation mode, i) Direct management:  ii) Indirect management and iii) Shared management. Find out more  

 To get funding for a project, the applicant needs to identify a relevant call for proposals/project and carefully follow the specific guidelines onhow to apply– each call is unique. The project will compete for funding with those submitted by other applicants for that call. 

Synopsis Project: training – EU Funding Opportunities

Activity: Explore the links and extra resources on European funding that follow
Erasmus+ Programme Guide
Funding & tenders (
European Structural and Investment Funds – Regional Policy
Online Manual –  Funding Tenders Opportunities
How to find and apply for funding

Cultural Heritage Funding Programs >>