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


Insert PPT 4.1 – Project Management 

Some 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

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Regarding 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). 

Insert PPT 4.2 – EU Cultural Policies 

Additional materials to review
A new European Agenda for Culture
Mapping Cultural Heritage Actions across EU policies  

EU Funding Programmes 

The EU has several different Funding Programmes which are relevant for cultural heritage organisations to apply forThose 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

 Toget 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. 

Insert PPT 4.3 – Funding Programmes 

Activity: Explore the extra resources that follow 

More resources on European funding
Erasmus+ Programme Guide
Funding & tenders (
European Structural and Investment Funds – Regional Policy
Online Manual –  Funding Tenders Opportunities
How to find and apply for funding

European Cultural Heritage Programs >>