The European programme supporting the cultural and audio-visual sectors aims to safeguard, develop and promote European cultural diversity and to strengthen the competitiveness of the European cultural and creative sectors.

It is divided into three strands:

  • Culture to support cooperation projects, literary translation, platforms and networks
  • MEDIA to support distribution and online distribution, media literacy, training, festivals, cinema network, co-production funds, audience development, video games
  • Cross-sectoral including the Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility managed by the European Investment Fund (EIF) to facilitate access to loans for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the cultural and creative sectors

Beneficiaries: all cultural and creative organisations including theatre and dance companies, museums, libraries, orchestras, film producers…

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EU Budget

€1.46 billion for 2014-2020

Financial support is awarded through calls for proposals published annually.

Project example

Limerick City & County Council have used this fund as a means by which to grow a culture of sustainable outdoor arts activity that will in turn build career opportunities for creative talent and develop new audiences. The European Outdoor Art Academy – School of Spectacle is a partnership of creative practitioners who are bringing their expertise to seven small culturally-focussed cities and providing ‘training through production’ schools in outdoor arts for local creative talent, followed by participation in small-scale public performance spectacle events. This has provided local practitioners with core skills in outdoor arts management and specialist skills in a selection of complimentary specialist subjects – costume; storytelling; puppetry; 3D; movement; fire techniques; aerial performance; as well as production, sound and lighting – with some possibility to progress into traineeships. For Limerick, the intention is to develop and sustain ambitious, high quality and exciting outdoor arts activities and events grounded in local community involvement as a legacy project arising from the 2020 European Capital of Culture (ECoC) bid.

Contacts in Ireland

Culture and cross-sectoral strands

Katie Lowry (01 6180248)/ Audrey Keane (01 6180256)

Creative Europe Desk Ireland, Culture Office, The Arts Council, 70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

MEDIA and cross-sectoral strands

Orla Clancy (01 6791856)
Creative Europe Desk Ireland – MEDIA Office, 14-16 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2.


Eibhlín Ní Mhunghaile (091 770728)
Creative Europe Desk Ireland – MEDIA Office Galway, Cluain Mhuire, Monivea Road, Galway.

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