To Start the Process

All the information needed to start the process.

European Cultural Foundation : 

The European Cultural Foundation is the only non-national and pan-European cultural foundation. It aims to promote cultural and educational activities of a multinational nature and of a European nature and is particularly committed to the defense of freedom of expression, the social dimension of culture and the creativity of young people. It also coordinates research and innovation actions in the field of public policies and is involved in the development of European cultural policies through lobbying activities.

Programs :

  • Step Beyond Mobility Grant : mobility between the European Union and neighboring countries for emerging artists and professionals in the cultural and artistic sector developing a transnational project.
  • Connected Action for the Commons : innovation programme consisting of the Idea component (meeting/training on the production of innovative ideas dealing with European issues) and the “Research and Development Grant” component for ideas selected as a result of the Idea Camp.
  • Tandem  – Exchange programme between managers in the cultural sector : supports long-term cooperation between two cultural professionals in Europe.

More information :

Jan van Goyenkade 5
1075 HN Amsterdam / The Netherlands
+31 (0)20 573 38 68

Evens Foundation : 

The Evens Foundation is a non-profit foundation based in Antwerp, Belgium, with offices in Paris and Warsaw. It defends the idea of an Europe based on cultural and social diversity. As such, it develops and supports projects that promote the harmonious coexistence of European citizens while respecting the integrity and diversity of each individual. It supports projects in the fields of peace education, European citizenship and the media and also awards prizes in the fields of peace education, media education, European journalism, arts and science.

More information : 

Bureau Paris
7, rue Charles V 75004 Paris
+33 1 44 54 83 90

Erste Foundation : 

The ERSTE Foundation promotes the idea of a Europe united in the diversity of its cultures and identities by supporting actions in Central and Eastern European countries in three areas: European integration, culture and social development. In addition to its own projects which it initiates and develops, the foundation offers grants for innovative projects related to the problems of the geographical areas of Eastern and Central Europe, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development of societies and support for young talent. The foundation also grants scholarships for researchers, journalists, translators and awards prizes in the fields of social integration and contemporary culture.

More information : 

Allianz Cultural Foundation : 

The Allianz Foundation supports young European artists and academics in the field of culture and education. It encourages projects contributing to European integration, intercultural dialogue and the development of a European identity. It promotes artistic, cultural and educational projects and pays particular attention to projects involving young people, allowing long-term collaboration between artists and partners. In addition, the Foundation provides special support for projects in Central and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean region.

More information : 

Allianz Kulturstiftung
Pariser Platz 6 – 10117 Berlin / Germany
00 49 30/2091 5731-30 

Anna Lindh Foundation : 

Co-financed by 42 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Commission, the Anna Lindh Foundation aims to bring together people on both sides of the Mediterranean to promote dialogue between cultures and respect for diversity. It aims to promote dialogue between cultures, knowledge, mutual respect and exchanges between people of the region.

As such, it awards grants each year to civil society organizations developing innovative projects jointly involving civil society organizations and networks in the South and North of the Mediterranean. To this end, calls for proposals are issued each year in the field of democracy, development and intercultural dialogue.

The Foundation also awards prizes (Mediterranean journalism, Euro-Med dialogue, literary competition, plural + video festival), organizes the “Seas of Words” literary competition for young authors and the “Farah El Bahr” intercultural festival.

More information : 

Anna Lindh Foundation
P.O. Box 732 El Mansheia – Alexandria 21111- Egypt
(+20) 3 4820 342 

Roberto Cimetta Fund :

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is an international association supporting artistic and cultural exchanges and professional mobility within the Mediterranean region. To this end, the Fund is developing two main types of programs : 

  • The mobility program : offers travel awards whose criteria vary according to the funding partnerships that the fund establishes with other donors.
  • The structuring programme : offers structuring support grants of up to €3,000 for artists and cultural operators based in the Arab world. The objective of this fund is to enable projects to be anchored in territories, to promote their sustainability and networking.

More information : 

Fonds Roberto Cimetta
c/o ONDA – 13 bis rue Henri Monnier – 75009 Paris
00 +33 1 45 26 33 74 

The European Incubators : 

The European Incubators for Young Artists develop mobility, distribution and co-production programs with more than 240 creation and distribution centers in 35 countries in Europe and abroad. Their ambition is to professionalize young artists and their emergence on the international professional art scene. The objectives of the incubators are to :

  • promote the mobility of artists from multiple cultures and backgrounds on the European and international scene.
  • to reveal the talents of young creators and support them in a professional career on a European and international scale,
  • to make the steps taken by this young generation clear through cultural events with a European dimension,
  • strengthen synergies with new partner states in a strategy of opening up to the world.

They implement : 

  • mobility, dissemination, training and co-production programs that enable young artists to create projects in another country that are in line with the human, social and economic contexts in which they operate,

  • actions developed within the framework of various partnerships: cultural programming, event organization, co-productions, publishing, training,

  • pilot projects in other continents.

More information : 

Les Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes
5 rue François Debergue – 93100 Montreuil-Sous-Bois
+33 (0)1 55 86 08 80


Thematic Networks : 

Culture Action Europe : 

Culture Action Europe is THE cultural platform in Europe that represents cultural organizations, operators and artists from the EU 28 at European level. This network aims to be the defender of the cultural sector in the European Union and to this end, it disseminates to its members the essential information on European cultural legislation. It provides a space for exchange and the development of common positions. Culture Action Europe brings together more than 105 organizations representing more than 10,000 organizations active in more than 14 different disciplines.


Culture Action Europe 

European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) : 

ECTN is the only pan-European network for the development and promotion of cultural tourism. ECTN aims to bring together and promote transnational and inter-regional cooperation between European professionals in the tourism sector and cultural industries. To this end, the network develops spaces for the exchange of information, good practices and experiences (conferences, exchange and experience platforms), training opportunities, tools and innovative approaches. It also works to build common responses with the institutions of the European Union and other international organizations.


European Cultural Tourism Network 

European Network On Cultural Management and Policy : 

Composed of 134 members operating in 43 countries, the ENCATC network brings together academic institutions, arts and culture professionals, artists and training centers specialized in cultural management and cultural policies in Europe. The network promotes the sharing of knowledge, professional practices, methods, comparative research and identifies training needs in the cultural management sector in Europe. ENCATC brings together training institutions, researchers and professionals around conferences and round tables, encourages the mobility of its members through scholarships, participates in numerous publications and academic research, awards prizes for research in cultural policy and provides its expertise to policy-makers as an official partner of UNESCO and an observer of the Council of Europe’s Culture Committee.



European Network of Cultural Centers (ENCC) : 

The ENCC network brings together 14 national networks from 12 countries and associate members representing more than 3000 cultural centers in Europe. ENCC aims to support and facilitate the action and cooperation of its members at all levels, from local to international, and to defend the interest of cultural centers in political decision-making institutions. The network participates, among other things, in the production of knowledge and the identification of needs relating to cultural centers, in stimulating intersectoral cooperation and in supporting informal education practices by creating spaces for exchanges and the promotion of good practices between professionals (academic travel, conferences, staff exchanges, etc.).



European Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) :

Created in 2006, the EUNIC network brings together European national institutes from 28 countries responsible for promoting their culture abroad (Goethe Institutes, French Institutes, etc.). EUNIC aims to promote European values and contribute to cultural diversity and mutual understanding of cultures within and outside the European Union through cooperation projects between its members. Its expertise and scope make it a regular partner in cultural cooperation projects at the international level and an advocate of the importance of culture in international relations with the European Union and political decision-makers.



European Network of Cultural Meeting Centers : 

Created in 1983, the European Network of Cultural Meeting Centers brings together more than forty members from 20 countries in Europe and around the world. It aims to promote a contemporary vision of heritage and creation while contributing to the promotion of diversity and cultural pluralism. The network organizes professional meetings, coordinates and promotes joint cooperation and pooling projects and carries out documentation, studies and monitoring work on European cultural policies, particularly those relating to heritage and the challenges of tourism and cultural industries.


European Network of Cultural Meeting Centers 

Trans Europe Halles (TEH) : 

Founded in 1983, Trans Europe Halles is a European network of independent cultural centers that brings together 59 multidisciplinary centers located in industrial, commercial and military wastelands and 20 associated organizations from all over Europe. The network aims to promote cooperation between its members and artistic collaborations supporting contemporary creation in all its forms, emerging artists and innovative social and cultural practices through numerous activities (meetings, exchanges of artists, staff, representations within European decision-making bodies, etc.). TEH offers a platform to support stimulating exchanges of ideas and start-up initiatives as well as a resource, advice and training center focusing on the rehabilitation of European industrial heritage into cultural spaces.


Trans Europe Halles 

Geographical Networks :

ARS Baltica : 

Ars Baltica is a network supporting cultural cooperation in the Baltic Sea region that promotes cultural life in this geographical area and defends the importance of arts and culture in political decision-making bodies. Ars Baltica is a platform for exchanges and information gathering on the cultural sector in the broad sense and a space for meetings, networking and knowledge exchange promoting intercultural and multilateral cooperation. Its action supports artistic projects and exchanges focusing on the Baltic area and collaborations with other European cultural networks.


Ars Baltica 

Balkankult Foundation : 

The Balkankult Foundation is an organization that supports cultural projects in the Balkans through partnerships with organizations present in the area and the development of cross-border projects, information networks and databases. Its action aims to establish lasting relations between the countries of the Balkan region and other European countries by creating an environment conducive to cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. In particular, the Foundation supports the mobility of artists, the organization of meetings and study seminars, artistic creation and production and cooperation.


Balkankult Foundation 

Disciplinary Networks : 

Apollonia : 

Created in 1998, Apollonia is a European platform that aims to promote artistic exchanges and cooperation in the field of visual arts. It brings together artists, curators, art critics, galleries, museums and cultural institutions and pays particular attention to structures and artists from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Baltic States and the South Caucasus. Apollonia offers support to its members for the organization of events for a wide public (travelling exhibitions, artistic residencies, round tables…) and also accompanies artists (in particular emerging artists from Europe’s peripheral regions) in their mobility in Europe, their search for partners and the setting up of their projects.



European Festivals Association (EFA) :

Founded in 1952, EFA brings together more than a hundred festivals (music, dance, theatre, multidisciplinary) from forty countries around the world. Its purpose is to promote the ideals and importance of festivals through joint publicity and by any appropriate means to maintain and develop the artistic quality of festivals and their important role in international markets for cultural cooperation. It encourages co-production and cooperation between its members through the organization of conferences and round tables, develops training, participates in the exchange of information and good practices and lobbies the European Union through the European House of Culture.


Europe Festivals Association  

European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations (CEATL) : 

Created in 1993, the European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations brings together 35 associations from 29 European countries (more than 10,000 individual authors). It aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and good practices between its members and to improve through its actions the status and working conditions of literary translators at European level. It plays an active role in defending the legal, social and economic interests of translators in a European context, in particular through its lobbying activities with the European Union.


European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations 

Circostrada : 

Founded by Hors les Murs in 2003, Circostrada is a platform for information, research and professional exchanges aimed at developing and structuring the circus and street arts sectors in Europe and elsewhere. With more than 70 members, the network contributes to the emergence of transnational projects, to a better understanding of the problems of these sectors and to building a sustainable future for them by empowering their stakeholders through resource production, observation and research (studies, symposia, etc.), professional exchanges (round tables, forums), advocacy (dialogue with local and European institutions), “capacity-building” and information sharing.



Europa Cinemas : 

With more than 3197 screens in 42 countries, the Europa Cinemas network, created in 1992, is the first international network of cinemas with a predominantly European programming. Its objective is to provide operational and financial support to cinemas that undertake to program a significant number of non-national European films and to set up animation and promotion actions for Young Audiences. Its actions include the organization of innovation conferences and workshops, the awarding of prizes, labelling and support for operators’ initiatives aimed at young people. It also supports the exploitation and distribution in Asia, Latin America and the southern Mediterranean.


Europa Cinemas

Informal European Theatre Meeting (IETM) : 

IETM is a network of more than 500 organizations and individual members from around the world working in the performing arts sector (festivals, companies, producers, theatres, research and resource centers, universities, and institutions). It aims to stimulate the quality and development of contemporary performing arts and the climate in which they evolve by initiating and facilitating professional networking, the exchange of information and good practices, communication and the transfer of know-how. IETM’s activity takes the form of a series of annual meetings that take place each year in different cities at the invitation of one of the network members. In addition, IETM regularly participates as an expert in government bodies and international seminars and symposia.



In Situ : 

Managed by Lieux publics – a national center for creation in public spaces based in Marseille (FR), the In Situ network, created in 2003, brings together organizers who work for artistic creation in the public space. For the period 2014-2017, the network is launching IN SITU Platform, which brings together 18 members from 13 European countries and 30 street arts festivals with more than 1 million visitors. This platform aims to bring together emerging artists from all over Europe, promote the emergence and new artistic forms in the public space, foster the mobility of artists and professionals to strengthen intercultural understanding and develop audiences.


In Situ 

Pearle* Live Performance Europe : 

Pearle* is the European League of Employers’ Associations in the Performing Arts which represents more than 4,000 employers in Europe. It works to establish a stable environment for the performing arts by supporting the sustainable development and promotion of the performing arts in Europe. It is a forum for exchanging information and sharing experiences (management, technical skills, etc.), producing resources and collecting information on sector issues relating to Europe. In addition to representing performing arts employers in the context of social dialogue with the European Union, Pearle* is also regularly consulted by other organizations whose activities may have an impact on the performing arts sector in Europe.


Pearle* Live Perfomance Europe 

Digital Art Network :

Initiated by the Centre des Arts d’Enghien-les-Bains in 2007, the Digital Arts Network brings together research, production, dissemination and training structures working in the fields of digital creation and synergies between the arts, sciences and industries. Composed of more than thirty members from nine countries in Europe and around the world, it promotes interdisciplinary and transnational exchanges (co-productions, cross residencies, joint dissemination), the pooling of resources and know-how between sectors (monitoring, publications, training) and participates in strengthening international cooperation (support for the mobility of artists).

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Digital Art Network 

Res Artis : 

Res Artis is a global network of artistic residency programs and art centers with more than 490 members in more than 70 countries. It defends the idea that residencies and artistic mobility play a vital role in the contemporary arts community and in the development of creativity. Its action aims to open up spaces for exchanges and information for its members (online resource center, conferences, etc.), to strengthen and develop residency and artist exchange programs (identification of calls for residencies, assistance and support for emerging residencies, etc.) and to represent its members’ interests to political decision-making institutions, foundations and other networks.


Res Artis 

Creative Cities Network : 

Created in 2004 by UNESCO, the Creative Cities Network aims to promote cooperation with and between cities that place creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their local development plans, from the economic, social and urban point of view as well as the development of citizens’ daily lives. The network has 116 members from 54 different countries and specializes in 7 creative fields: crafts and popular arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music and digital arts. Its members meet regularly to share practices, knowledge and partnerships to support creativity within their network.


Creative Cities Network  

Réséo : 

Founded more than 15 years ago, Réséo is a European network for opera and dance education as well as awareness raising (more than 70 members from over 20 countries). It offers its members tools for working and sharing experiences (conferences, training, publications, virtual workspaces) and promotes cooperation projects aiming to renew the artistic forms of opera and dance. More broadly, this network participates in the defense of the lyrical outreach and audience development through its lobbying of the European institutions.



Small Sizes : 

Small Sizes is a European network for the dissemination of the performing arts to young children (0-6 years old). It offers spaces for meetings, exchanges of expertise and information on the performing arts for young children and works to develop cooperation and research projects (in particular on training and educational programs for educators and artists, producers and artists).


Small Size 

TransArtis : 

TransArtis is a platform for sharing experiences on residency programs that aims to stimulate the international mobility of artists. It identifies calls for projects and links to other mobility and residence platforms, and offers a mapping of residences. TransArtis also develops a program of workshops and training courses and carries out monitoring and publication activities.




This mobility grant supports the travel of artists and professionals in the cultural sector wishing to engage, alone or in a group, in a transnational development project between the Member States of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association and neighboring countries. Mobility should be seen as a starting point for the development of deeper cooperation and partnerships in the future.


In particular, support is provided for mobility aimed at first participation in a professional network meeting, first trip to the destination country, the establishment of a transnational partnership for a future project, involvement in the local cultural and artistic scene followed by knowledge sharing with peers at local or international level and, exceptionally, participation in skills development courses. Mobility to strengthen links between the European Union and its direct neighbors is also particularly supported.

Note : Mobility between two Member States of the European Union or members of the European Free Trade Association is not financed under this scholarship, nor is mobility between countries in the MED area.

Who is it intended for ? 

Artists, cultural operators, cultural journalists, translators and researchers in the cultural fields. Priority is given to individuals aged 35 years or less and/or within the first ten years of their career.

Funding : 

The scholarships vary according to the destination between 250 and 700 euros. Payment of the scholarship is made after the trip and presentation of all supporting documents. The assistance provided concerns the payment of transport, visa and, in some cases, accommodation costs.

Practicalities : 

Applications are received year-round and are made online by individuals themselves at least 60 days before the departure date. Allow 1 month between the request and the answer. The trip must take place after the opening date of the applications. Direct access to the MOBILITY REQUEST PROCEDURE.

Each request must present a precise itinerary (travel in a single country) and a schedule of activities that identifies at least one partner involved in the mobility project or a host partner in the destination country.

For the same project, it is possible to apply for up to 3 mobility grants (if group application). A person may not apply for more than one scholarship per year.

Geographical Area of Mobility : 

  • Member countries of the European Union and the Free Trade Association (no scholarship for mobility between these countries).
  • Balkans : Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia.
  • Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.
  • South Caucasus : Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia. 
  • Turkey.
  • MED : Algeria, Egypt, Irsarel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia (no scholarship for mobility between these countries). 

Contact Points and Information : 

European Cultural Foundation
Jan van Goyenkade 5 1075 HN Amsterdam Pays-Bas
+31 (0) 20 573 38 68 

Useful Links : 

European Cultural Foundation Website

STEP Mobility Grant Guide

Good Practices :

Three examples of mobility supported by the STEP Beyond scholarship



On the Move is THE network dedicated to mobility in the arts and culture sector. This remarkable toolkit is aimed at artists and professionals in the cultural and artistic sector and provides information on a wide range of mobility programmes and calls for proposals in Europe and around the world, as well as resources on legal and social aspects of mobility and on existing grants. Recently, On the Move has been offering training and meeting services to share the expertise of its members.


On the Move 

The Roberto Cimetta Fund provides travel grants to artists and cultural professionals living or working in the Middle East, North Africa or Europe who wish to network and cooperate with professionals from foreign countries.

The purpose of the trip must be : 

  • The preparation of a professional level project.
  • Participation in a research or creative residency. 
  • The presence at a meeting of artists or professionals for the purpose of networking. 
  • Artistic improvement (internships, master classes…), professional training (exchanges, study periods or participation as a speaker or trainer).
  • Attendance at debates, conferences, seminars. 

In addition, mobility must be part of a long-term approach. In particular, the beneficiaries of the program must contribute to their return to the cultural development of their own country or region, and transmit their achievements to their artistic and professional environment.

Funding : 

The scholarships include the payment of actual travel and visa costs incurred. The payment of the scholarship is made retrospectively, on presentation of supporting documents.

Practicalities : 

  • Applications are made online, during the opening periods of the calls for applications (see the website). Calls for applications may present specific eligibility criteria according to their objectives and funding lines.
  • The application must be individual, written and sent by the applicant himself and must be related to an artistic discipline or cultural action.
  • The trip must take place after the opening date of the applications.
  • The Roberto Cimetta Fund awards a maximum of 3 travel grants per project.

Contact Points and Information : 

Fonds Roberto Cimetta
C/O Onda
13 bis rue Henri Monnier 75009 Paris
01 45 26 33 74

Useful Links : 

Cimetta fund’s website

Good Practices : 

Examples of previously funded mobility


Independent Organizations : 

Artfactories / Autresparts : 

The organization Artfactories / Autreparts is a common platform for thinking, research and action, transmission and solidarity for the development of art centers that organize their practices and experiments around the relationship between arts, territories and populations.



Culture Action Europe : 

Culture Action Europe is THE cultural platform in Europe that ensures representation at the European level and organizes its practices and experiments around new relationships between arts, territories and populations. The site develops a platform of resource tools that promote the inter-knowledge and cooperation of places involved in civic artistic approaches. It contains valuable information (publications, funding opportunities, etc.) and feature articles on current events in the cultural sector.


Culture Action Europe  

Culture 360 :

Culture360 is the portal for cultural cooperation between Europe and Asia. The site contains a wealth of information on cultural news, funding opportunities and mobility grants. It also publishes a magazine with in-depth articles and digital tools promoting networking and develops a more specific section dedicated to independent cinema in both continents.



CultureLink : 

Culturelink is a federation of networks working for research and cooperation in the field of cultural development. Through its website and its actions (research, publications, seminars, conferences, etc.), Culturelink is developing an international information and analysis system on policies and initiatives for development cooperation.



International Database of Cultural Policies : 

World CP is an international database of country profiles that focus on describing their cultural policies. In the long term, this database will have the capacity to monitor and analyze major trends in cultural policies on a global scale. The International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA) has been appointed by the European Council and the ERICARTS Institute to develop this international version of the “Compendium” (European version: in order to provide a tool for policy makers, researchers and citizens at large.


International Database of Cultural Policies 

Lab For Culture : 

Lab for Culture is an information and resource platform on cultural cooperation for and throughout the enlarged Europe (more than 50 participating countries) which aims in particular to encourage networking through the use of new technologies. The site provides studies and feature articles on the issue of cultural cooperation, relays artistic and political news and funding opportunities, promotes good practices and offers online cooperation and debate tools (blog, forum…). Contacts (artists, organizations, networks) and newsletters are also available in 6 languages.


Lab For Culture 

Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa : 

OCPA is an international pan-African non-governmental organization that aims to monitor the evolution of culture and cultural policies in the region and to encourage their development and integration into human development strategies through awareness-raising, information, research, training, networking, coordination and cooperation at the regional and international levels. The site includes an online database on the cultural policies of African countries, and a database of cultural institutions and specialists involved in the field of culture and cultural development.



On the Move : 

On the Move is THE network dedicated to mobility in the arts and culture sector. This remarkable toolkit is designed for artists and professionals in the cultural and artistic sector and provides information on a wide range of mobility programs and calls for proposals in Europe and around the world, as well as resources on legal and social aspects of mobility and on existing grants. Recently, On the Move has been offering training and meeting services to share the expertise of its members.


On the Move 

The direct european network in Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes : 

The Europe Direct information network is a network of local centers set up by the European Union, located in all EU countries to answer citizens’ questions.

Europe Direct Aquitaine : 

125, cours Alsace et Lorraine 33000 BORDEAUX
05 56 56 00 49 

Pistes solidaires
1, rue Richelieu 64000 Pau
09 81 09 69 83 

Europe Direct Limousin : 

Maison de l’Europe – Europe-Direct Limousin
51 Avenue Georges Dumas – F-87000 Limoges
05 55 32 47 63 

Europe Direct Poitou-Charentes : 

Centre d’information Europe Direct Charente
Centre Information Jeunesse Angoulême, 4 place du Champs de Mars, F–16000 Angoulême
+33 5

Centre d’information Europe Direct Vienne-Poitiers
Centre Régional Information Jeunesse Poitou-Charentes, 64 rue Gambetta, F-86000 Poitiers
+33 5 16 39 10 32





The information needed to start understranding cooperation. 

The European Union’s framework program for the period 2014-2020, Creative Europe is dedicated to the cultural and creative sector. It aims to support the changes in these sectors in response to the disruptions brought by globalization and digital technology and has the following objectives :

  • To promote and safeguard cultural and linguistic diversity in Europe. 
  • Strengthen the competitiveness of the cultural and creative sector in the context of the 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
  • Promote and facilitate the mobility of cultural actors and audiences across Europe.  
  • Strengthen the financial capacity of the sector’s players and the invention of new business models.

The program pays particular attention to proposals that promote change in sectors such as the renewal of professional approaches.

Creative Europe is divided into two sub-programs :

  • The “Culture” sub-program dedicated to cultural and creative organizations.
  • The “Media”sub-program dedicated to the audiovisual sector.

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency is in charge of managing the two sub-programs “Culture” and “Media” on behalf of the European Commission.

At national level, Creative Europe Offices provide information, advice and technical assistance (preparation of files), dissemination of documentation and networking of professionals.

The countries eligible for the program to apply are : 

  • The 28 Eu Countries Members. 
  • Accession and candidates countries. 
  • The EFTA countries which are parties to the EEA Agreement. 
  • The Swiss Confederation. 
  • Countries covered by the European Neighborhood Policy under the terms of bilateral framework agreements with the EU.

A list of eligible countries is kept up to date on the European Commission’s website here

The Culture sub-program : 

The “Culture” sub-program of Creative Europe supports cultural and creative organizations to operate at transnational level, in particular by promoting the circulation of works and the mobility of cultural actors.

5 subprogram priorities : 

  • Promote the transnational circulation of cultural works and products and creative actors: exchanges of practices, creation and production, professional skills, access to new markets, networking, audience development, intercultural dialogue…
  • Foster the development and expansion of cultural audiences, particularly young people and people far from the cultural offer: training and skills creation, creation or co-production project with audience development strategy, interactions with communities and local audiences…
  • Strengthen the capacities of the cultural sector through :
    • training and education, 
    • the invention of new business models,
    • the use of digital technologies. 

This sub-program operates with calls for the projects. 

There are 4 types of calls projects :

1 – Cooperation projects : 

  • Implementation of transnational cultural activities (exhibitions, festivals…).

  • Development of access to culture for new audiences.

  • Strengthening the capacity of cultural actors.

Modalities : 2 types of possible projects with a maximum duration of 48 months :

  • “Small scale projects” involving 1 project manager and at least 2 partners from 3 participating countries. Funding: maximum €200,000 – maximum 60% of the overall eligible budget.
  • “Large-scale projects” involving 1 project manager and at least 5 partners from 6 participating countries. Funding: maximum €2,000,000 – maximum 50% of eligible costs.

2 – Literary Translation : 

Translation and promotion of the circulation of works of fiction to promote te linguistic diversity of the literary offer. 

Modalities : 2 types of projects possible :

  • Translation and promotion of 3 to 10 works over two years. Funding : maximum €100,000 up to 5% of the overall eligible budget. 
  • Translation and promotion of 5 to 10 works per year over three years. Funding : maximum €100,000 euros per year up to 5% of the overall eligible budget. 

3 – European Platform : 

Foster emerging talent, encourage their mobility, contribute to the European visibility of artists and develop European label or brand strategies. 

Modalities : platform consisting of a lead partner and 10 partners from 10 different participating countries, including at least 5 EU Member States or the European Free Trade Association.

Maximum project duration : 48 months. Present, during the first 12 months, at least 30% of emerging artists.

Funding : €500,000 per year maximum for 3 years – up to 80% co-financing.  

4 – Network support : 

Strengthen the capacity to operate at transnational level and adapt to change through the structuring of the sector, the acquisition of skills, the implementation of the general objectives of the program. 

Terms and conditions : Network consisting of at least 15 organizations from 10 different countries, including at least 5 members organizations from 5 different eligible countries outside the accession countries.

Duration of the project : 3 years. 

Funding : maximum €250,000 per year for three years – maximum 80% co-financing. 

A section is also dedicated to specific projects such as the European Capitals and European Cultural Awards.

Get to know more about calls for open projects

The evaluation procedure : 

Phase 1 :

Evaluation according to the eligibility, exclusion and selection criteria and ranking of eligible applications according to their score.

Phase 2 : 

Evaluation of the projects with the highest scores according to the award criteria by experts appointed by the Agency following a call for expressions of interest. First individual evaluation by each expert, then in a consensus committee supervised by a member of the Agency and/or the Commission and/or other experts who did not evaluate the projects.

Phase 3 :

An evaluation committee, composed of Commission and Agency staff, submits selection proposals to the authorizing officer following the reports and opinions of the experts.

Phase 4 :

The financing decision is taken by the authorizing officer of the Agency or the Commission.

Contact points and information :

National contact points: Europe Creative Offices in France

Relay Culture Europe / Martha Gutierrez

132, rue du Faubourg Saint Denis – 75010 Paris – France

01 53 40 95 10

Strasbourg branch – Culture / Anne Poidevin

1 parc de l’Étoile – F-67076 Strasbourg Cedex

03 88 60 95 25  

The Representative Office of the New Aquitaine Region in Brussels

Stéphane Peyhorgue / + 32 (0)2 318 52 67

Useful Links : 

Website : The Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture 

Website : National Europe Creative Office for the Culture sub-program 

To go further : 

European Commission website, Culture section

Candidate’s guide (how to apply?)

Good Practices : 

Consult the database of selected projects (ongoing or completed)

Focus on the “Small Size : Performing Arts for Early Yeas” Project : 

Creative Europe 2014-2020 : Cooperation project – large scale

Europe Creative Grant : €1,995,000

Coordinator : La Baracca (Italy)

Partners : 16 including the Municipality of Limoges and the O’Navio Theatre in Limoges

Duration : 4 years

Already supported by the former European Culture Program 2009-2014, this cooperation project aims to develop the dissemination of the performing arts to young children (0-6 years old) through a network of 17 theatres and cultural centers from 15 countries in which genuine professional competence in this field has been developed. The support of Europe Creative will make it possible to enhance the value of the network’s work, to pursue joint actions (early childhood festivals, workshops for very young audiences, training and research) and to further structure the network and its conference activities, publications, documentation and promotion.

The website of the project here

Focus on the “UE Traduction GAIA 2015” project : 

Creative Europe 2014-2020 : Literary translation

Europe Creative Grant : €100,000 

Coordinator : Gaia Editions (Montfort en Chalosse)

Duration : September 2015- August 2017

This project aims to support high-quality literary publishing open to a wide audience and promoting French readers’ knowledge of and contact with European literature in all its diversity. As such, it will support the publication of three Norwegian novels and two Baltic authors that will lead to the exploration of the Balkans.

The website of the project here

The Media sub-program : 

The MEDIA sub-program specifically concerns the film, audiovisual and video game industry and supports European professionals in the development, distribution and promotion of their projects, particularly beyond their country of origin. It helps to launch projects with a European dimension, stimulates the exploitation of new technologies and promotes the creation of trans-European networks and training.

This sub-program operates with calls for projects. 

The actions supported : 

Independent production : 

Film Distribution : 

  • Selective Support : link
  • Automatic Support : link.
  • International Sales Agents according to their commercial activity over 4 years : link
  • Online distribution : link

Audience and promotion : 

Supporting audience development : film education, support for the screening of non-national European films on distribution platforms, promotional activities, etc. Link : here

Support film festivals : initiatives promoting the diversity of European audiovisual works (festivals, promotional events), film education activities… Link : here

Promote the networking of cinemas : screening of non-national European films, educational activities to raise awareness among young people, new business models and distribution methods, European exhibitor networks, introduction of digital cinema among exhibitors… Link : here

Training and networks : 

Developing market access : improving the European dimension and visibility of professionals from countries with low production capacity, increasing the number of European co-productions and promoting the diversification of talent and funding sources. Link : here

Training : training measures for skills development, skills support, knowledge sharing including the integration of digital technologies. Link : here.

International co-production fund : promote international co-productions and strengthen the distribution and distribution of audiovisual works. Link : here

Get to know more : Open Calls for Projects

Contact points and information : 

Europe Creative Offices in France

Relay Culture Europe – MEDIA section / Margaux Lacoste

132, rue du Faubourg Saint Denis – 75010 Paris – France

01 82 73 16 79


Strasbourg branch – MEDIA section / Aurélie Réveillaud

1, parc de l’Etoile, F-67076 Strasbourg

03 68 98 72 93

Representation Office of the Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes Region in Brussels

Stéphane Peyhorgue / + 32 (0)2 318 52 67

Useful Links : 

Program reference site : the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture.

MEDIA – EACEA : here

Cineuropa : here

To go further :

Subscribe to the weekly e-MEDIA newsletter : here

Consult “MEDIA Film Database” : the database of films supported by the Media sub-program : here

Focus on the project “Asian side of the doc – connecting with the asian factual market” :  

Europe Creative – Media Subprogram “Market Access”

Duration : 1 year – 2015/2016

Europe Creative Grant : €140,000

Coordinator : Docs Services (La Rochelle)

Asian Side of the Doc is the first international professional event specializing in documentaries in Asia, combining both a co-production forum and a sales market that opens up many opportunities for Europeans (partnerships, search for distributors and financiers, etc.). The objective of the Europe Creative grant is to support and continue to advance this event, so that it will eventually reach the size of the Sunny Side in France, i.e. more than 2000 professionals from 50 to 60 countries, with a 3000m2 exhibition hall for around 100 exhibitors and so that it will become a verifiable gateway to the Asian market for European documentary actors.

The official website : here

Erasmus + is the program to support actions in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. It is part of the 2020 STRATEGY FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING, which aims to ensure that education, lifelong learning and mobility become a reality, to improve the quality and effectiveness of our education and training systems, to promote equality, social cohesion and active citizenship and to encourage creativity and innovation at all levels of education and training.

The general objectifs of the ERASMUS + Programme :  

  • Strengthening an European citizenship 
  • Promote the acquisition and use of skills. 
  • Develop language skills. 
  • Create synergies between the sectors of formal training, vocational training, non-formal education and the world of work. 

As such the program supports actions in 5 target sectors : school and higher education, youth, vocational education and training and adult education.

Operating Procedures : 

The program operates with calls for projects. An annual work program defines the priorities and types of eligible actions.

Countries eligible for the program : 

The 28 Member States of the European Union as well as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey are eligible for all actions. In addition, some actions are open to other partner countries (see the guidelines for each call for projects).

Three key actions : 

Key action 1 : Individuality mobility for learning purposes : 

Mobility of learners and staff for work experience or apprenticeship in another country : 

  • In the field of vocational training: young people (2 weeks to 12 months), staff (2 days to 2 months).
  • In the field of school education : staff (2 days – 2 months).
  • In the field of higher education : students (3-12 months for studies, 2-12 months for an internship).
  • In the field of adult education (duration between 2 days and 2 months).
  • For the Youth Actors (2 days to 2 months). 
  • For youth : a youth exchange (1-3 weeks) or EVS (2-12 months). 

To find out about all the open “mobility” calls for projects, consult the platform for supporting project leaders : here

Website : Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses : here

Key action 2 : Cooperation on innovation and exchange of good practices : 

Transnational strategic partnerships: cooperation between organizations active in the field of education, vocational training, higher education, adult and youth education in order to develop initiatives, foster innovation, exchange of experience and know-how.

Modalities : projects of 2 -3 years / minimum of 3 organizations from 3 different countries (except for the school and youth sector, 2 organizations from 2 different countries) Opening to third countries if justified.

To find out about all the open “Strategic Partnerships” calls for projects, link : here.  

Knowledge alliances between higher education institutions and enterprises, which aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, employability, knowledge exchange or multidisciplinary teaching and learning, link : here

Modalities : projects of 2 -3 years / minimum of 3 organizations from 3 different countries.

Sectoral alliances for skills that support the design and delivery of common vocational training programs and education and training methodologies between vocational training and professional sectors, link : here

Modalities : 2-3 year project.

Capacity building projects in higher education and in the youth field, links : here and here.  

Modalities : 2-3 year project / minimum : 3 higher education institutions from 3 different European countries and 2 institutions from the partner country or countries. 

Key action 3 : Support for policy reform : 

  • Cooperation with civil society in the field of youth : link here and education and training : link here
  • Website : Erasmus Charter for Higher Education : here
  • Prospective initiatives : European political experiments and prospective cooperation projects : link : here
  • Structured dialogue in the youth field : link : here

Specific Actions : 

1 – Jean Monnet Initiatives : 

Support for teaching and research in the field of European studies and the promotion of dialogue between academia and policy makers through support for : 

  • Higher education : academic modules : here, centres of excellence : here
  • The political debate with the academic world through European networks of higher education and projects (link: here) in favor of innovation (link: here), opportunities for fertilization and dissemination of information on the EU. 
  • Associations and institutions active in the field of European studies and their dissemination to a wide audience, link : here

2 – Support for cooperation in the field of sport : 

  • Collaborative sports partnerships whose objective is to promote the integrity of sport, support innovative approaches in the field of governance, social inclusion and equal opportunities, link : here
  • European non-profit sports events (preliminary training, opening ceremony, competition…): link : here

For more information, consult the Eramus + Programme guide : here

Program Management : 

The management of the program is shared between : 

  • Decentralized actions, managed by the national agencies :
    • all operations of Key Action 1 except mobility for learning purposes and joint loan and diploma mechanisms,
    • all strategic partnerships of Key Action 2. 
  • Centralized actions, managed by the EACEA executive agency :
    • Student mobility in the context of joint degrees.
    • Knowledge alliances, sectoral alliances, capacity building in third countries, IT platforms.
    • All the operations of Key Action 3 “Support for public policies”. 
    • Website of the EACEA : here

For decentralized actions, there are two national Erasmus + agencies in France depending on the fields of action :

  • Erasmus+ France Agency – Education Formation : contact person for project leaders and instructor service for all operations concerning the fields of Education and Training. Website : here
  • Erasmus+ Youth and Sport Agency : contact point for project leaders and instructor service for all operations concerning the fields of Youth and Sport. Website : here

Contact points and information : 

The National Agencies for Erasmus + 

The National Agencies for Erasmus +

Erasmus+ Agency France – Education, Training
24-25 quai des Chartrons 33080, Bordeaux CEDEX
0033 (0) 5 56 00 94 00

Erasmus + Agency – Youth, Sport
95, avenue de France – CEDEX 13 75650, Paris
01 70 98 93 69

Projects in the field of sport :
Nolwenn Souquières
Elisabeth Cunha

Erasmus+ correspondents at the Regional Directorate for Youth, Sport and Social Cohesion

Limoges site / Alain Gueraud
05 55 45 24 57

Bordeaux site / Catherine Denadai
05 56 69 38 57

Poitiers site / Marielle Stines
05 49 18 10 22

Useful Links : 

Website : EACEA Executive Agency : here

Website : Erasmus+ Youth and Sport National Agency : here

Website : Erasmus+ Education and Training National Agency : here

To get the Erasmus Program Guide+ : here

Website : Penelope+, support platform for Erasmus project leaders+ in France : here

To go further : 

Subscribe to the newsletter of the program called “Le Flash Erasmus+” : here

Get to know the “Statistics for all” a resource site on Lifelong Learning that brings together mapping, statistics and a database of projects funded by the European Commission : here

Get to know Epale, a community of adult learning actors in Europe (news, blogs, ressources, events…) : here

Search for Partners : 

Website : OTLAS : a tool for finding partners in the youth field : here.

Website : other research areas for the fields of youth and sport : here

Good Practices : 

Website : the blog of the project leaders : Erasmus+ Youth and Sport (examples of projects supported, news from the leaders…) : here

Website : Examples of Erasmus+ of Education, training supported projects : here

Focus on the “Cow Boys and Girls” project : 

Key action 2 : “Strategic partnership – school education”
Coordinator : Cenon Town Hall
Partners : 7 partners including Palmer Rock, EPLC, Collège Jean Zay and Laba

Schoolchildren from Cenon and high school students from Paredes de Coura (Portugal) organize, during a school year, a cultural event in its entirety. The way for them to acquire new skills: knowing how to orient themselves in the city and its institutions, familiarizing themselves with professional languages, discovering regulations, taking decisions for the common good…

Websites : Palmer Rock : here and Project blog : here



COSME is the European Union’s programme for the competitiveness of companies and SMEs. It aims to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of EU businesses and to encourage an entrepreneurial culture and the promotion of SME creation and growth.

For actors in the cultural, tourism and recreational sectors, this programme is particularly interesting for :

  • Actions dedicated to the tourism sector, 
  • The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program. 

Cosme is divided into 4 sections and specific objectives : 

  • Facilitating SMEs’ access to finance,
  • Developing market access,
  • Improving the business environment : this strand supports actions to improve the framework conditions for the competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises, in particular SMEs. As such, specific actions are aimed at the tourism sector, considered as an area with high growth potential.
  • Encouraging entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs : This component finances actions aimed at developing entrepreneurial skills and entrepreneurship training. These actions are aimed primarily at potential entrepreneurs, new entrepreneurs, young people, women entrepreneurs and target groups such as the elderly and migrants. Social entrepreneurship is also included in these actions. It is within this framework that the Erasmus exchange program for young entrepreneurs is part of. 

Each year, an annual work program (linked here) is defined by the European Union. This program sets out the priorities for the year and the various forms of financial support (calls for projects, calls for tenders, framework contract, ad hoc grant, etc.). 

Who can participate in the program ? 

The program is open to all types of structures (companies, associations, individuals, etc.). Entities established in the following countries may participate in the COSME program: 

  • The 28 EU Members States,
  • The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries members of the European Economic Area (EEA) : Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein; and other European countries where agreements and procedures allow.
  • Acceding countries, candidate countries (Iceland, Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey) and potential candidates (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo), in accordance with the agreements established with the EU.
  • Countries under the European Neighborhood Policy, subject to the conclusion of agreements concerning the participation of these countries in EU programs.

Specific actions for the tourism sector :

The “Improving the business environment” component implements sectoral actions aimed at improving the competitiveness and sustainability of tourism in Europe. The 2016 Annual Work Program sets out the following objectives and support measures : 

  • Diversify and increase the tourism offer by selecting new European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) (call for tenders) : This selection is organized annually at national level within the framework of a thematic competition. To stay informed of the 2016 selection, visit the official EDEN website : here, the European Destinations of Excellence.  
  • Create conditions for a favorable and competitive environment for tourism businesses
    • by supporting information and awareness-raising activities and the organization of or participation in dedicated events (framework contract).
    • by improving socio-economic knowledge of the sector through a Flash Eurobarometer study (framework contract), cooperation with the OECD (ad hoc scholarship) and management and contribution to the “virtual tourism observatory” (framework contract).
  • Improve the visibility of Europe as a tourist destination by supporting tourism compagnies in finding partner companies abroad in the target markets.  

For more information, consult the calls for projects on the EASME agency’s website : here

Contact points and information : 

Contact points of the Entreprise Europe Network : 

The Enterprise Europe Network supports companies and SMEs in accessing European funding mechanisms (information, preparation of applications). He assists companies in the search for partners and project engineering.

Aquitaine Développement Innovation
Rémi Vignes / European Project Manager and Collaborative Financing
05 56 15 11 85

Véronique Desbleds / Head of Europe and Collaborative Financing
05 56 15 11 66

Aquitaine Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry
+33 5 56 11 28 13

Representation Office of the Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes Region in Brussels : 

Stéphane Peyhorgue

State aid, SGEI, Energy/Climate, Environment, Circular economy

Languages: French, English, Spanish.

Tel: + 32 (0)2 318 52 67

Useful Links : 

Website : EASME Agency : managing authority of the program : here

Website : European Commission – COSME Program : here

Website : The portal for program participants : here

Website : site of the Entreprise Europe Network South-Western Network : here

To go further : 

Website : European Commission’s Virtual Observatory of Tourism : here

Search for a partner : 

Website : search my CORDIS database and create your profile : here

Good practices : 

Website : list of projects supported by the COSME program : here

Focus on the “Surfing the Atlantic Area” project : 

Duration : 18 months – June 2015/November 2016

Partners : 8 from 5 countries 

This project is based on the observation that there is a strong demand in Europe for nature tourism. The main objective of Surfing the Atlantic Area is to define, promote and promote the marketing of a new sustainable and transnational tourism product based on surfing, SURFINGEUROPE. This product covers 5 countries (Portugal, Spain, Ireland, France, United Kingdom) and establishes a true European surfing route by presenting very attractive sites by their beach and waves present throughout the year. This European logic is unique and makes it possible to gain visibility through a joint communication strategy on a European scale that responds to the philosophy of this sport.

Erasmus for young entrepreneurs : 

It is a cross-border exchange program between novice and experienced entrepreneurs, aimed in particular at new entrepreneurs, young people and women. It aims to acquire or exchange entrepreneurial knowledge and ideas in order to launch or develop your business.

In particular, it provides the opportunity to develop a network of professional relationships, access new markets and establish international partnerships while learning new business practices in Europe and being helped to launch your own business.

Operating procedures : 

The total duration of the exchange is between 1 and 6 months and is partially covered by the European Commission. The program applies to all economic sectors without exception, including the cultural, tourism and recreational sectors.

The new contractor must

  • be at the beginning of your career,
  • come from a micro-entreprise / SME with less than three years of existence, 
  • have built a viable business plan, have quality training and experience, 
  • be able to cover costs not covered by the European Commission. 

The host contract must

  • be an experienced entrepreneur or an employee who is a member of a company’s board of directors,
  • meet the criteria of good conduct defined by the European Commission. 

The management of the program is handled by EASME. Locally, contact points called “Intermediary Organizations” have been identified by the European Commission to support project leaders from the submission of applications to the effective implementation of the project. They are in charge of recruiting and connecting entrepreneurs.

Financing : 

The financial support recommended by the European Union varies between €530 and €1100 depending on the host country.
The assistance will only cover functional costs (travel, accommodation) and all expenses must be justified. The total financial assistance allocated per entrepreneur may not exceed €6600.

Who can participate ?

EU Member States, Liechtenstein, Norway, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro and Turkey, Albania, Serbia and Israel.

Contact points and information : 

Erasmus Young Entrepreneurs contact point in Aquitaine : 

CCI Limousin 4 Allée Duke Ellington
87000 Limoges
Frédérique Savignat / 05 55 71 71 39 46

All the other contact points in France : here

Useful Links : 

Website : EASME Agency : program manager : here

Website : Erasmus Young Entrepreneurs program : here

Website : European Commission website – COSME program : here

Website of the European Network Entreprise Network South-West : here

Website : the portal for program participants : here

Good practices : 

Consult some exchange experiences within the framework of the Erasmus Young Entrepreneurs program : here

Focus on an Erasmus exchange of young entrepreneurs around the craft industry : 

New entrepreneur : Marta Pokojowczyk (Poland) – start-up
Host Entrepreneur : Helena Loermans (Portugal) – company with 15 years of activity
Sector of activity : Craft industry, articles for artistic works and accessories
Exchange period : 5 months

Both working in the field of crafts, Helena and Marta, two entrepreneurs carried out an exchange on the subject of hand sewing in both its theoretical and practical aspects. For five months, Marta, recently graduated from the Beaux-Arts, was introduced to the techniques of sewing on linen and hemp. The exchange gave rise to experimental work on ways to link sewing and painting from these materials in the perspective of Marta’s entrepreneurial project. For Helena, Marta’s entrepreneurial project allows her to promote her own activity and knowledge on her company’s website through the presentation of the young entrepreneur’s work.

Website : the exchange experience sheet : here

The Europe for Citizens’ programme aims to bring the European Union closer to its citizens by supporting initiatives for a European memory and civic participation at European level.

The main objectives of the program : 

  • Contribute to an understanding of the EU, its history and diversity. 
  • Promoting European citizenship and improving the conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level.
  • Raise awareness of memory work, history and shared values.

This program is aimed at non-profit organizations or local or regional public authorities, depending on the types of actions supported (see details of the calls for projects).

It is open to the 28 Member States of the European Union and to acceding, candidate and potential candidate countries as well as to EFTA countries which are parties to the EEA Agreement and have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commission.

Based on annual priorities, calls for projects are published each year (one to two calls per year) : here

The programme is divided in two parts : 

Strand 1 : Europe Remembrance : 

The objective is to raise awareness of the work of remembrance, history and common values as well as the Union’s objective through support for activities that encourage reflection on cultural diversity and common European values.

For the period 2016-2020, the program gives priority to the following themes: the commemoration of events that have changed the course of recent European history, civil society and civil participation under totalitarian regimes, ostracism and loss of citizenship under totalitarian regimes, democratic transition and accession to the European Union.

Maximum eligible grant for a project : €100,000 / maximum project duration of 18 months.

Strand 2 : Democratic engagement and civic preparation : 

The objective is to encourage democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level through support : 

  • Town twinning : Projects bringing together a large number of citizens of officially or unofficially twinned towns around predefined themes of European interest linked to the Union’s political agenda (see annual and multiannual priorities). 
    • Terms and conditions : maximum eligible grant for a project : €25,000 / maximum meeting duration : 21 days.
  • City networks : Multilateral projects implemented through partnerships and transnational networks, addressing issues of common interest and aiming to develop sustainable thematic cooperation.
    • Terms and conditions : maximum eligible grant for a project : €150,00 / maximum duration : 24 months / involve municipalities from at least 4 eligibles countries, including at least 1 EU member. 

The program also provided operating grants to non-profit organizations generally serving one or other of the above actions strands. Link : here.  

Fore more information on the program, see the 2014-2020 Europe for citizens guide : here

Contact points and information : 

National contact point Europe for citizens (to preferred) : 

CIDEM (Association civisme et démocratie)
167 Bd de la Villette – F – 75010 Paris
Christine Maretheu / 01 80 05 18 94

Managing Authority : 

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency is responsible for the implementation of all the actions of the program. At the national level, CIEDEM (civics and democracy association) is the program’s contact point, responsible for informing and supporting potential project leaders. Link : here

Unit C1 Europe for Citizens
Avenue du Bourget, 1 (BOUR 01/04A) – B-1049 Brussels – Belgium
Part 1 – European Memory :

Component 2 – Democratic engagement and civic participation : (twinning & city networks) (civil society projects)

Functional mailbox for operating grants :

Useful Links : 

Website : the Executive Agency’s reference site “Education, Audiovisual and Culture” : here

Website : the national website of the Europe for citizens program : here

Search for partners : 

Website : consult the CIDEM partner search platform : here

Good practices : 

Website : consult some examples of supported projects : here

Focus on the “Human Memory” project : 

Beneficiary : Compagnie Mata-Malam
Europe for Citizens Programme 2009-2014

From the show “May your will be celebrated…. “, written from the writings of Etty Hillesum, a young Dutch Jewish woman who was deported and died in Auschwitz, the Gironde company Mata-Malam set out to ask a large group of citizens in Europe about opening and closing the door to each other. Around this play, performed in France and Germany, the company developed writing and voice workshops with young people and intergenerational groups to discuss the issues of democracy and civic responsibility. These filmed meetings as well as a series of interviews with specialists and psychoanalysts made it possible to create the documentary film “De mémoire d’Homme” on the question of memory, the enigma of the human mind, the beginnings of psychoanalysis, God and totalitarian mechanisms.

Website : consult the website of the company Mata-Malam : here

Focus on “European Meetings for a cultural and historical transmission between generations” : 

Beneficiary : The Committee for Twinning and European Relations of Bagnols sur Ceze
Partners : 7 partners

As part of the annual meetings of the network of twinned cities, the twinning committee was able to build a three-day tour of visits and exchanges around the period 1914-1918 and the issue of intergenerational transmission. A play on local heritage performed by high school students as well as numerous visits based on local traditions (traditional games, wine-growing) presented the history and cultural heritage of a region. Then a whole day was devoted to Europe through the organization of a conference on the construction of the European Union and the history of twinning.

Website : consult the project sheet on the national website Europe for Citizens : here

Strategy 2020

To face the crisis and respond to the major challenges it faces, the European Union is adopting a new strategy in 2010, STRATEGY 2020, which sets three main priorities for the period 2014-2020. Link : here

  • Intelligent growth through a focus on innovation, research and education. 
  • Sustainable growth through a focus on innovation, research and education. 
  • Inclusive growth for employment, social integration and better social, economic and territorial cohesion. 

All European policies must contribute to these three priorities and the resulting  five objectives in the fields of employment, research and development, climate change and sustainable energy, education and the fight against poverty and social exclusion.

Local Development

Get to know the local development. 

To implement the 2020 strategy effectively, the European Union has delegated the management of part of its policies and the funds allocated to them to its 28 Member States.

These appropriations, grouped under the name “European Structural and Investment Funds (ESFI)”, relate to three policies :

  • social, economic and territorial cohesion policy, financed in France to the tune of €15.5 billion by the “structural funds”: the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • rural development policy, financed in France to the tune of €11.4 billion by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
  • maritime affairs and fisheries policy (which we will not deal with here).

A common strategic framework : 11 thematic objectives and 3 transversal objectives. 

Over the period period 2014-2020, the ESF, ERDF and EAFRD structural funds are part of a strategic framework defined by the European Union and composed of 11 thematic objectives (TOs), which are themselves translated into investment priorities for each fund :

  • OT1 : Strengthen research, technological development and innovation.
  • OT 2 : Improve access, use and quality of information and communication technologies.
  • OT 3 : Improve the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, the agricultural sector and the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
  • OT 4 : Support the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors.
  • OT 5 : Promote adaptation to climate change and risk prevention and management.
  • OT 6 : Protect the environment and promote efficiency in the use of resources.
  • OT 7 : Promote sustainable transport and eliminate bottlenecks in key network infrastructure.
  • OT 8 : Promote employment and professional mobility.
  • OT 9 : Promoting social inclusion and fighting poverty.
  • OT 10 : Invest in education, improve professional skills and continuous training.
  • OT 11 : Improve the institutional capacity and effectiveness of public administration. 

Three transversal objectives are added to these 11 thematic objectives and must be considered in a transversal way in the implementation of each fund : 

  • The promotion of equality between women and men. 
  • Equal opportunities and non-discrimination. 
  • Sustainable development. 

A thematic concentration : 

The strategic framework is common to all European Structural and Investment Funds. However, each fund is required to concentrate a significant amount of its budget envelope on a limited number of thematic objectives according to the principle of “thematic concentration”, for greater efficiency. Therefore :

  • The ERDF concentrates its intervention on Objectives 1 to 4, although it is responsible for all the themes. 
  • The ESF is mainly responsible for Objectives 8 to 11.
  • The EAFRD translates the 11 objectives into 6 rural development priorities. 

Note : European funds are not intended to finance a project at 100%, but are co-financed. In addition the majority of financing is provided in the form of repayments, which in most cases means that the project leader must be able to pre-finance his project with sufficient cash.  

French priorities : 

A partnership agreement signed between France and the European Union and drafted in close collaboration between the State and the regions, identifies the priorities on which to focus the intervention of European structural and investment funds in France.

Website : for more information on the Structural and Investment Funds in France, visit the Europe in France website : here


The ERDF’s Territorial Cooperation Programs : 

The ERDF is the only fund supporting programs implemented under the European Territorial Cooperation Objective (TC). Links here and here. It funds three types of cooperation : 

  • cross-border cooperation, 
  • transnational cooperation, 
  • interregional cooperation. 

Interregional Cooperation : 

The interregional cooperation programme between Europe :

The INTERREG-EUROPE program is an interregional cooperation program, i.e. cooperation between countries without a common border. It concerns all 28 Member States, Norway and Switzerland and allows regions to cooperate in a network at European level.

Its objective is to improve the effectiveness of regional development policies, in particular the Structural Funds and investment policies for growth and employment, by promoting the capitalization of exchanges of experience and knowledge between local and regional actors and the dissemination and appropriation of good practices throughout Europe.

This program is aimed at public authorities (local, regional, national, etc.), institutions governed by public law and private non-profit organizations.

The Priority Axes : 

Axis 1  – Strengthen research, technological development and innovation : 

  • Improve research and innovation infrastructures and development capacity in research and innovation, promote competence centers of particular European interest.
  • Promote R&I investments and develop links and synergies between companies, research and innovation centers, higher education…

Axis 2 – Improving the competitiveness of SMEs : 

  • Support the ability of SMEs to engage in regional, national and international markets, as well as their capacity for innovation.

Axis 3 – Support the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors : 

  • Promote low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and relevant reduction measures

Axis 4 – Protect the environment and encourage the sustainable use of resources : 

  • Conserve, protect, promote and develop the natural and cultural heritage.
  • Support the industrial transition to a resource-efficient economy, promote green growth, eco-innovation and efficient environmental management in the public and private sectors.

Important to know : cultural and tourism sector: to be addressed from an economic point of view (cultural industries, tourism) or from an environmental point of view (sustainable tourism, preservation of cultural heritage).

Note : Regional policies dedicated to tourism as an economic sector can be addressed in Objective 1.2 dedicated to innovation policies or in Objective 2.1 dedicated to the competitiveness of SMEs. Regional policies in the cultural field can be addressed in Objective 4.1 on cultural and natural heritage policies.

Websites : consult the INTERREG-EUROPE operation program (in EN) here and the program manual (in EN) here

Financing : 

The co-financing rate can be up to 85% (for public bodies) and 75% (private bodies). The average amount allocated per project is between €1 and €2 million.

Selection procedure : 

The Interreg Europe Program Monitoring Committee is the central decision-making body of the program, which meets approximately twice a year. Its mission is to ensure the effectiveness and quality of the implementation of the program. It is the body that decides whether or not to finance a project on the basis of a consensus decision. It is composed of representatives from all countries eligible for the program.

Website : see the list of members : here

The Managing Authority is the body responsible for the implementation of the program. It is he who signs the contracts with the selected project leaders. For the Interreg Europe program, the managing authority is the Nord-Pas de Calais region.

Special Operating Procedures : 

  • The program operates with calls for projects, each call giving rise to the writing of a reference document setting out specific criteria and conditions for that call.
  • The duration of the project is between 3 and 5 years.
  • The project involves at least three countries represented, including at least two from the European Union.

For experience exchange projects, the process is divided in two phases

  • phase 1 : exchange of experiences and practices and preparation of an action plan based on the lessons learned.
  • phase 2 : implementation of the action plan to improve the effectiveness of public policy instruments.

Contact points and information : 

National contact points : 

Zone Nord de la France / Caroline Gauthier
03 74 27 40 56

Southern France (including Aquitaine, Limousin, Poitou-Charentes)
Patrica DI BIASE / 04 91 57 57 56 06

Regional contact points : 

Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes Regional Council
Bordeaux site / European and International Affairs Poles
Directorate of Decentralized Cooperation and Interregional Projects
Jean-Michel Arrivé / 05 57 57 57 82 09

Joint Program Secretary : 

Les Arcuriales – Entrance D, 5th floor
45 rue de Tournai / 59000 Lille – FRANCE
+33 328 144 100
Website : here

Managing Authority : 

Nord-Pas de Calais Region / Europe Directorate – INTERREG Programs
151 avenue du Président Hoover 59555 Lille
Website :here

Useful Links : 

Website : official website of the program : here

Website : agenda of INTERREG Europe events (seminars, information days, annual meetings…) : here

Website : publications under the INTERREG-EUROPE program : here

Search for partners : 

Website : platform of the INTERREG-EUROPE : here

Website : registration to the INTERREG-EUROPE community : here

LinkedIn : join the INTERREG-EUROPE group : here

Good practices : 

Website : consult the database of past INTERREG-EUROPE projects : here

Focus on the “Reverse” project supported under the 2007-2013 Program : 

Duration of the project : 2 years
Amount of grant : €1,935,848 out of a total eligible budget of €2,477,946
Beneficiary : Conseil Régional d’Aquitaine

Through cooperation, the REVERSE project aimed to improve the effectiveness of regional public policies for the protection and enhancement of biodiversity. After sharing their good practices in biodiversity management and natural and cultural heritage conservation during visits and seminars, the participants developed a guide of good practices and an action plan that enabled their work to be disseminated to the regional authorities in charge of public policies.

Website : here

Cross-border cooperation : 

The cross-border cooperation program between Spain – France – Andorra (POCTEFA) : 

POCTEFA co-finances cross-border cooperation projects designed and managed by actors located in a vast area including the entire Iberian Peninsula and the great southwest of France. It finances actions in the fields of innovation, environment, accessibility, new information technologies and urban development.
For the Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes region, this program only concerns the department of Pyrénées Atlantiques.

The priority axes : 

Axis 1 : Boosting innovation and competitiveness : 26.32% : 

  • Strengthen cooperation on R+D+I,
  • Foster the development of innovative technologies in the field of natural ressources, 
  • Promote joint actions for the development of international companies. 

Axis 2 : Promoting adaptation to climate change and risk prevention and management : 15.04% : 

  • Improving the adaptation of territories to climate change, 
  • Improve the capacity to anticipate and respond to specific risks and natural disaster management. 

Axis 3 : Promote the protection, development and sustainable use of local ressources : 25,38% : 

  • Enhance the natural and cultural heritage (also intangible, cf. UNESCO) through joint approaches to sustainable development: management and enhancement networks, rehabilitation or creation of reception facilities, awareness-raising and education programs, innovative actions, joint tourism strategy (structuring the offer, improving facilities and organization, creation and promotion of cultural and tourist products, reception).
  • Protect and improve the quality of transboundary ecosystems. 

Axis 4 : Promote the mobility of goods and people : 13.16% : 

  • Improve the supply of sustainable cross-border transport to facilitate the movement and cross-border mobility of people and goods.

Axis 5 : Strengthening skills and inclusion within the territories : 14.10% : 

  • Promote the endogenous potential, the development of training systems and the skills of people in the cross-border territory in order to improve access to employment: mutual knowledge of the labor market, cooperation for training, cross-border employment.
  • Improving access to services: strategy to improve access to public cultural and recreational services, information, awareness and dissemination of recreational and cultural services, shared management of infrastructure and cultural/leisure services…

Website : consult the INTERREG V A Spain-France-Andorra Program (POCTEFA) 2014-2020 : here

Financing : 

Financing up to 65% of the total budget presented per project. A minimum of 10% self-financing is required for each beneficiary. The minimum total cost of expenses for a project is 80 K€. Eligible projects may not receive funding from other Community programs and their duration may not exceed three years.

Project Selection Procedure : 

The program works on calls for projects. A program monitoring committee decides on the appropriate type of call for projects based on the progress of the program. The calls for projects may be organized in 1 or 2 phases.

After passing the administrative review, the projects deemed admissible will be the subject of a technical appraisal to be carried out by the Joint Secretariat.

A programming committee is responsible for the selection of operations. Its composition and the functioning of the programming committee are defined in internal regulations. The Committee shall draw up a consensus opinion on the projects to be selected.
The managing authority ultimately decides on the projects selected.

Note: It is necessary to involve at least one partner from two of the three countries concerned (excluding cross-border organizations).

Contact points and information : 

Managing Authority : 

In Spain

Consorcio of the Pyrenees Working Community
Joint Secretariat of the Managing Authority
INTERREG V A Spain-France-Andorra Programme (POCTEFA) 2014-2020
Edificio IPE building
Avenida Nuestra Señora de la Victoria, 8
+34 974 36 31 00

In France

Prefecture of the Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées Region
General Secretariat for Regional Affairs – European and International Affairs Mission
1, Place Saint Etienne 31038 TOULOUSE Cedex 9
+33 5 34 45 33 34
Contacts :
Christel Genon – European and decentralized cooperation researcher
Fabien Pichon – Chargé de mission European and international affairs

Territorial Program Coordinators – West

Department of Pyrénées Atlantiques – Bayonne Delegation
Development Department – Cross-border Service
4, allée des plane trees BP 431
64 104 BAYONNE Cedex (France)
+33 5 59 46 51 31
Eva Lamothe
Christine Saraiva

Useful links : 

Website : official website of the POCTEFA program : here

Website : guide for project leaders : here

Search for partners : 

ERDF funds – programming 2007-2013
Beneficiary : Centre Chorégraphique National Malandain Ballet Biarritz
Amount of the grant : €199,282 out of a total estimated cost of €306,587

The project finances the structuring of BALLET T, a cross-border choreographic center, in order to strengthen the professional development of choreographic creation in the Euroregion while raising public awareness by creating common information and communication tools. To this end, promotional activities and professional support for artists are organized during joint festivals, but also a public awareness program (lectures, choreographic workshops, rehearsals open to the public, open classes, meetings with artists, screenings…). Finally, a shared information campaign provides better visibility and circulation of audiences throughout the territory.

Website : consult the project presentation on the POCTEFA website and on Malandain ballet : here

Focus on the “HITO – Creative Tourism in the Pyrenees” project : 

ERDF funds – programming 2007-2013
Beneficiary : European incubators for young artists
Amount of the grant : €522,764 out of a total estimated cost of €804,253

Based on cooperation between local actors in Aragon, Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées, HITO aims to support the actors involved in a new approach to the enhancement of the Pyrenean heritage, by implementing a cross-border network of artists’ residencies, the starting point for artistic discovery tours. A cooperation platform and a label are set up as well as artistic paths of in situ discovery. Around the project are also actions of skills transfer (seminars, workshops…) and communication in order to motivate a wide audience.

Website : see the project sheet in the catalogue of supported projects : here

Transnational Cooperation : 

The Sudoe transnational cooperation program : 

The South West European SOUTHERN program supports cooperation between regions in four Member States: Spain, France, Portugal and Gibraltar. Its objective is to consolidate territorial cooperation to solve problems common to the regions of South-West Europe in the fields of SME competitiveness, research and innovation, the fight against climate change, the low-carbon economy, and the environment and resource efficiency.

In France, the eligible regions are Aquitaine, Auvergne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Midi-Pyrénées and Poitou-Charentes.

The priority axes : 

Axis 1 : Promoting innovation capacities for smart and sustainable growth : 37% : 

Tourism and creative industries sector identified as priorities.

  • Strengthen the synergistic and networked functioning of R&D at transnational level in specific sectors of SUDOE based on intelligent specialization: cooperation platform, European Innovation Partnership, technology transfer and innovation management model…
  • Develop the dissemination of applied research in relation to key generic technologies (KCTs): value chains, multi-CCT actions and projects, dissemination…

Axis 2 – Stimulating the competitiveness and internationalization of SMEs in South-West Europe : 14% : 

  • Capacity development for the improvement of the business environment in the SUDOE region.
  • Improvement and increase of the internationalization opportunities of SMEs. 

Axis 3 : Prevent and manage risks more effectively : 12% : 

  • Improve energy efficiency policies in public buildings and housing through networking and joint experimentation.

Axis 4 : Protect the environment and promote resource efficiency : 20% : 

  •  Improve methods of managing the common natural and cultural heritage through networking and joint experimentation: sustainable development and environmental impact, knowledge of the common heritage, creation and promotion of tourism products based on this heritage…
  • Strengthen the cooperation of managers of natural areas in the SUDOE through the development and implementation of joint methods.

Website : consult the SUDOE guide for project development and management and presentation of the program’s intervention logic : here and here

Financing : 

Co-financing rate up to 75% of the total project budget (except in the case of state aid).

Project selection procedure : 

This program works on calls for projects. Consult the provisional timetable for these calls : here. Examination of the application files is carried out in several stages and is carried out by the joint secretariat and the national authorities of each SUDOE Member State.  

Phase 1 of the call for projects : 

  1. The Joint Secretariat analyses all project applications received according to the eligibility criteria defined by the program. 
  2. The file is co-initiated by the national authorities and the joint secretariat. Each file receives a score from 0 to 5. Only the best applications are submitted to the programming committee for an opinion.
  3. The Programming Committee, composed of representatives of each Member State on the program, the certifying authority, the managing authority and the European Commission (in an advisory capacity), delivers a first opinion.

Phase 2 : 

At the end of the second phase of the call for projects, the application files will be re-examined according to the same process followed during the first phase. The programming committee will again be asked to give its opinion on the applications. The Managing Authority takes the final financing decision.

Contact points and information : 

French national authorities : 

Prefecture of the Midi-Pyrénées Region
Fabien Pichon / 05 34 45 45 33 55

Midi-Pyrénées Regional Council
Philippe Peries / 05 61 39 39 67 21

Managing Authority : 

Comunidad Autónoma de Cantabria
Dirección General de Economía y Asuntos Europeos
Plaza del Príncipe 4, 2ª planta
39003 Santander
Juan Llanes Cavia / +34 942 31 84 20

Conjoint Secretary (Santander) :

Comunidad Autónoma de Cantabria
Dirección General de Economía y Asuntos Europeos
Plaza del Príncipe 4, 2ª planta
39003 Santander
+34 942 23 84 28

Note : It is also possible to fill out an assistance form to obtain specific information about your project : here

Useful Links :

Website : the official website of the program : here

Subscribe to the newsletter : Sudoe Newsletter : here

Search for partners : 

Consult the existing ideas : here, or propose your project idea : here

Participate in the days , working groups and seminars organizes by the SUDOE program : here

Good practices : 

Consult the list of programs supported under the 2007-2013 program : here and under the 2014-2020 program. 

Focus on the “Smart Heritage Buildings” project : 

Funds concerned : ERDF
Beneficiary :  Fundación Santa María la Real Centro de Estudios del Románico
Partners : 5 including the NOBATEK Technology Resource Centre in France
Amount of the grant: €642,717.98 out of a total eligible cost of €856,957.31
Duration : from 11/01/2012 to 12/31/2014

The SHBUILDINGS project proposes a change in the conservation of historic buildings, promoting preventive conservation, focusing on economic efficiency, energy optimization and sustainability. To achieve this, the project aims to produce integrated technological tools, based on sensors, the Internet of Things and cloud computing. After a phase of studies on the different types of buildings and historic districts, the project participates in the development of intelligent prediction, evaluation and management tools and the implementation of use management and preventive conservation modules hosted in a Cloud computing application.

Website : consult the project sheet on the official SUDOE website : here

Focus on the “Arquivia” project : 

Funds concerned : ERDF
Beneficiary : Agencia de Desarrollo del Bidasoa, S.A.
Partners : three partners in Spain and Portugal
Amount of the grant : €540,000.00 out of a total eligible cost of €720,000
Duration : from 07/01/2009 to 12/31/2011

The ARQUIVIA project aims to stimulate the local and regional development of the SUDOE region by developing a stable innovation structure for a new transnational tourist and cultural offer based on the medieval cultural heritage. The project thus aims to establish a new brand through the consolidation of a system of transnational cooperation around a series of Associations of Networks of Medieval Cities and Towns in the participating countries and a network of transnational cooperation between institutions, companies and citizens (Poles of Tourism Innovation).

Website : consult the ARQUIVIA project sheet : here and here

The Atlantic area transnational cooperation program : 

The Atlantic Area Programme supports cooperation activities between 38 Atlantic regions from 5 Member States: France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The general objective is to promote the sustainable and balanced development of this area and its maritime heritage by implementing solutions to meet regional challenges and improve the quality of life in the territories. As such, the program supports initiatives in the fields of innovation, resource efficiency, environmental protection and the promotion of natural and cultural assets. Many cultural projects are funded by this program.

Aquitaine and Poitou-Charentes are eligible.

The priority axes : 

Axis 1 : Stimulating innovation and competitiveness : 34% : 

Tourisme and creative industries sector identified as priorities : 

  • Strengthen innovation capacities through cooperation to foster competitiveness, 
  • Support the transfer of innovation results to facilitate the emergence of new products, services and processes. 

Axis 2 : Promote ressource efficiency : 21% :

  • Promote renewable energies and energy efficiency. 
  • Promote Green Growth, eco-innovation and environmental efficiency. 

Axis 3 : Strengthen risk management systems : 11% : 

  • Strengthen risk management system. 

Axis 4 : Promote biodiversity and natural and cultural assets : 28% : 

  • Improve the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services,
  • Enhance natural and cultural assets to stimulate economic development: territorial development and marketing, preservation, events and activities, cultural tourism and cultural industries, enhancement of cultural creation in other sectors, development of tourist sectors and products, management and exchange of know-how…

Website : consult the Atlantic Area Operational Program 2014-2020 : here

Financing : 

The co-financing rate of a project may be up to 75% of the total budget for all four priority axes. 

Website : get to know more about the topic : here

Selection procedure : 

Projects are selected on the basis of calls for projects : here

After the submission of applications on the Collaborative Communication Platform (CCP), they will be verified for eligibility by the Joint Technical Secretariat, as well as evaluated according to the selection criteria set out in the Operational Program and the Applicant Manual.

The Monitoring Committee, composed of representatives of the five Member States, the regions, the program authorities and advisory representatives of Community and national bodies as well as organized civil society, deliberates on the selection of project applications, taking into account the eligibility and selection reports produced by the Joint Technical Secretariat in collaboration with the National Correspondents of each Member State.

Contact points and information : 

National correspondent in France :

Prefecture of the Pays de la Loire region
Bertrand Tourillon
Head of the European Funds Control Office
General Secretariat for Regional Affairs
6, quai Ceineray BP 33515 44035 Nantes Cedex 1
+33 (0)2 40 08 64 38

Institutional partners of the Program :

Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes Regional Council
Bordeaux site / European Cooperation Unit / Multilateral relations
Sheila Zecovic / 05 57 57 57 80 27

Managing authorities : 

Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte (CCDR-N)
Rua Rainha D. Estefânia, 251
4150-034 Porto Portugal Portugal
+351 226 086 300

Joint Secretary (SC) : 

Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte (CCDR-N)
Rua Rainha D. Estefânia, 251
4150-034 Porto, Portugal
+351 226 086 300

Useful Links : 

Website : the official website of the program : here

Website : the website of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities, territorial cooperation network : here

Website : Atlantic Arc Commission website, the interest group of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions : here.  

To go further : 

Website : consult the other strategic documents of the Atlantic Area Program : here

Search for partners : 

Website : consult the “Project Ideas” inventory : here

Website : consult the partners’ exchange : here

Good practices : 

Website : consult all the projects supported under the Atlantic Area Program 2007-2013 : here

Website : consult all the projects supported under the 2014-2020 Atlantic Area Program : here. 

Focus on the “Ecosal Atlantis” project : 

Funds concerned : ERDF
Amount of the grant : €1,988,820 out of a total budget of €3,059,724.
Beneficiary : S.X. para o Turismo from Xunta de Galicia.
Partners : 12 partners including the Communauté de Communes de l’Île d’Oléron

The ECOSAL ATLANTIS project aimed to develop sustainable and integrated tourism based on the cultural and natural heritage of the traditional salt growing areas of the Atlantic coast and centered around three key areas: heritage, territorial development and eco-tourism. The cooperation of its participants had four objectives: to establish guidelines for the management of this type of heritage, to promote salt works through the networking of actors and the promotion of transnational actions, to support actions to restore traditional salt works habitats and to contribute to a better understanding of these areas through the production of information and awareness actions around this unique heritage and its enhancement.

Website : consult the project website : here


The European Agricultural fund for rural development (EAFRD) : 

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the second pillar of the common agricultural policy, supports rural development by contributing to the development of territories and a better balance in the agricultural sector, more climate-friendly, more competitive and innovative.

Its objectives are to improve the competitiveness of the agricultural sector, ensure the sustainable management of natural resources and climate protection, and ensure the balanced development of rural economies and communities. In this sense, it primarily concerns cultural projects developed in rural areas.

Program architecture : 6 priorities and 9 measures : 

The European Union has identified six economic, environmental and social priorities at European level for rural development over the period 2014-2020 : 

  1. Encourage the transfer of knowledge and innovation.
  2. Improve the competitiveness of all types of agriculture and strengthen the viability of agricultural holdings.
  3. Promote food chain organization and risk management in the agricultural sector.
  4. Restore, preserve and strengthen ecosystems dependent on agriculture and forestry.
  5. Promote resource use and support the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy in the agriculture, food and forestry sectors.
  6. Promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.

To implement these priorities, the European Union has established 19 measures, which themselves include operational sub-measures. In France, the State and the regional councils have agreed on a National Orientation Framework. On the basis of their territorial diagnosis, each Region, which is the managing authority for the EAFRD, establishes priorities for action and selects a number of operational measures and sub-measures that respond to these priorities in a Regional Rural Development Program.

To learn more about the architecture of the program, consult the EAFRD fact sheet, produced by Europe in France and the website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry .

The management bodies of regional development programs (RDPS) : 

A single monitoring committee for the six ESF/ERDF Operational Programs and the Rural Development Programs of the EAFRD of the Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes region is organized annually. Chaired by the President of the Aquitaine Limousin-Poitou-Charentes Regional Council, it monitors the progress of the implementation of appropriations and approves any changes to programs or program complements.

Inter-fund facilitation committees made up of the program’s privileged partners meet every quarter. They are forums for debate on the progress of programs in all components of their management (financial, administrative, evaluation, communication, etc.)

Three dematerialized Regional Programming Committees (RPCs) are responsible for giving an opinion on the dossiers to be selected for ESF, ERDF and EAFRD funds (bimonthly and simultaneous meeting, possibility of a monthly meeting for the EAFRD depending on needs). These regional programming committees are co-chaired by the Regional Prefect and the President of the Regional Council and involve the Departmental Prefects, the Presidents of the General Councils, the representative of the program’s paying authority (often the Regional Paymaster General) and the departments responsible for implementing the various program measures.

The leading approach :

Within the program, measure 19 is devoted to the LEADER approach: “Linking Rural Economy Development Action”. This measure aims to encourage local actors in the implementation of original, high-quality integrated sustainable development strategies aimed at testing new forms of development.

Each Region selects, upon application, a certain number of existing organized territories, the LAGs “Local Action Groups”, which are allocated a specific budget envelope from EAFRD funds. Each LAG develops a local development strategy based on the specific needs of its territory and sets out a detailed action plan and specific objectives to be achieved. It selects the operations to be financed there. It becomes the delegated management authority for the financing of projects on its territory in this capacity.

To apply for Leader funding from an LAG, the lead partner must ensure that the project is in line with the LAG’s local development strategy and submit a project sheet directly to the LAG facilitator.

For more information, visit the Leader France website – association of LAGs in France.

Website : Leader France : here

The rural development programme in Aquitaine :

  • Support for farms located in areas with natural handicaps,
  • Installation and transfer of operations,
  • Preservation of the environment and encouragement of agro-ecology,
  • Competitiveness and adaptation of agricultural holdings and enterprises,
  • Basic services to the population and rural tourism,
  • The environmental and economic development of the forest resource.

Twelve measures of the rural regulation will be mobilized to meet the various needs identified at regional level.

Among these measures, actors in the cultural, tourism and leisure sector are particularly likely to respond to the operations of measure 7 “Basic services” which is one of the five most important of the program (8% of the budget).

This measure includes the following sub-measures : 

  • 7.1 : Support for the establishment and updating of development plans for municipalities and villages in rural areas and their basic services, as well as protection and management plans related to Natura 2000 sites and other areas of high natural value.
  • 7.4 : Support for investment in the establishment, improvement or development of basic services at local level for the rural population, including cultural and recreational activities, and related infrastructure.
  • 7.5 : Support for public investment in recreational infrastructure, tourist information and small-scale tourist infrastructure.
  • 7.6 : Assistance for studies and investments related to the maintenance, restoration and rehabilitation of the cultural and natural heritage of villages, rural landscapes and sites of high natural value, including socio-economic aspects, as well as environmental awareness actions.

Website : consult the 2014-2020 Rural development programs in Nouvelle-Aquitaine : here

Leading approach : 

The priorities : 

  • The territorialization of the economy, in particular: the circular, local, social and solidarity economy.
  • The territorial attractiveness and vitality of the social link, in particular: service, culture, heritage.
  • The dissemination of digital services and uses based on digital territorial strategies.
  • The energy and ecological transition of the territories and in particular the natural and environmental heritage.

The financing :

  • The intervention rate is a maximum of 53% of total public aid.
  • The project must have 20% self-financing.

The project leader must make a cash advance: the payment of Leader grants comes when the project is completed and the project leader has received all the compensation (other public grants).

List of GALAS 2015-2020 Aquitaine : 

  • Country of the Great Bergeracois
  • Pays de l’Isle in Périgord
  • Black Perigord Country
  • Country Périgord vert
  • Country of the Heart Between Two Seas
  • Pays du Bassin d’Arcachon and Val de L’Eyre
  • Pays du Haut Entre Deux Mers / Territoire Sud Gironde
  • Territorial centre of the Great
  • Libourne region
  • Country Adour Landes Océanes
  • Country Landes Nature Silver Coast
  • Syndicat Mixte de la Haute Lande
  • Country Adour Chalosse Tursan
    Agenais region
  • Country Val de Garonne Guyenne Gascogne
  • Country of the Lot Valley
  • Pays d’Albret – Porte de Gascogne
  • Country of Lacq Orthez Béarn des Gaves
  • Leader Basque Mountain
  • Oloron and Haut Béarn region
  • Medoc Countries
  • Pays de la Haute Gironde

Contact points and information : 

Several contact points are possible for project leaders. 

Managing Authority : 

Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes Regional Council
Bordeaux site / Agriculture and Sustainable Development Division Tourism
Service Europe EAFRD / Rural Measurement Unit and Leader
Julien GAURY, Unit Manager
05 57 57 86 85

Aquitaine Countries and Districts : 

87 quai de Queyries 33100 Bordeaux

Useful Links : 

Website : the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region : Europe in Aquitaine : here

Nouvelle-Aquitaine countries and districts, regional ressource center on territorial development : here

Good practices : 

Website : consult examples of projects supported by the Leader approach over 2007-2013 : here. 

Website : consult the list of projects supported by the EAFRD program in France (attention : this list also includes aid under the EAGF, European Agricultural Guarantee Fund). 

Focus on the project “Make your cinema, intermunicipal festival of youth cinema in the heart of the country between two seas” : 

Program : Leader Program 2007-2013 

This project made it possible to organize an intermunicipal film festival for young audiences by pooling the skills of different structures from the fields of children, culture and education. Several issues were at the heart of the project: offering quality film production to children, opening up a space for exchanges and family encounters, enhancing local heritage by offering the viewer an original projection setting.

Website : consult the project experience sheet : here

The Rural Development program in Limousin : 

The intervention logic of the program in Limousin is based on supporting the development and maintenance of viable and sustainable economic activities in the region in order to preserve a rich and diversified natural heritage, the main attraction of the Limousin region.

Regional priorities : 

  • Preserve quality landscapes and natural environments in mountain areas and disadvantaged areas by supporting agriculture and forestry.
  • Make rural areas more attractive by developing basic services and enhancing the territory’s natural and cultural potential.
  • Develop the competitiveness of agricultural, forestry and agri-food businesses.
  • Controlling greenhouse gases and adapting to climate change.

Website : consult the Limousin Rural Development program on 2014-2020 : here

Leading approach : 

  • increased throughput : support for the development of local digital infrastructures and the development of uses.
  • the development of culture, sports, heritage and tourism (activities and facilities).
  • the territorial innovation approach on the main themes of territorial policies: the ageing well sector, the social and solidarity economy, the green economy, adaptation to climate change (notably methanization projects), territorial food strategies, the maintenance and reception of populations and activities, territorial approach to employment and training, time policy, gender equality.

List of GAL : 

  • GAL Pays de Tulle-Vézère-Monédières
  • GAL Pays de Haute Corrèze – Ventadour
  • GAL Pays de la Vallée de la Dordogne Corrézienne
  • GAL Sud-Ouest Creuse Leader (S.O.C.L.e)
  • GAL Pays de Guéret
  • GAL Pays de Combraille en Marche
  • GAL Chestnut Limousin
  • GAL Pays du Haut Limousin
  • GAL Pays de l’Aurence, de l’Occitane et des Monts d’Ambazac
  • GAL Mountains and Dams

Contact points and information : 

Managing Authority :

Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes Regional Council
Limoges site / Europe International Cooperation Delegation
Managing Authority Service
Marie Darlet POSTE / EAFRD Referee

For specific questions relating to the domain of Territorial Development : 

Spatial Planning Pole
Simonnet Marine / EAFRD Referee

For specific questions related to the economic sector : 

Economy Division
Julia Manaquin / EAFRD Referee

You can also contact the Leader Project Manager of the Local Action Group in your area. 

Useful Links : 

Website : consult the website of the Limousin Region : strategic documents of territorial policy : here

Website : Europe in Limousin : lists of projects that can be supported : here

Good practices : 

Website : consult the list of projects supported bu the EAFRD program in France (attention : this list also includes aid under the EAGF, European Agricultural Guarantee Fund): here

Focus on the “Territories and adapted tourism” project : 

Amount of the LEADER grant 2007-2013 : €5537 out of a total budget of €12585
Owner : Federation Chataigneraie Limousine

The objectives of this project were to raise awareness among tourism and leisure stakeholders of the issue of accessibility and to strengthen the territorial approach around a tourism offer adapted to all. This project resulted in the creation of a toolbox and the organization of an eductour to raise awareness among stakeholders. An inventory was also carried out to locate and inform the public about the accessible offer. Finally, two adapted tourist products were created and tested.

Website : consult the project experience sheet : here

The Poitou-Charentes rural development program :

The priority axes :  

  • Develop sustainable agriculture and forestry that is economical in terms of inputs and respects natural resources and resources.
  • Guarantee a diversified primary sector that is economically and environmentally competitive and provides jobs, in particular by maintaining livestock farming.
  • Ensure the installation and renewal of generations in agriculture.
  • Enhance local and quality production to strengthen the link between producers and consumers and support the development of a modern, innovative and territorially based agri-food industry.
  • Encourage innovation, training and knowledge transfer.
  • Maintain a resilient dynamic economy in rural areas and an adapted supply of basic services.

14 measures are open under the Poitou-Charentes rural development program. 

Website : visit the Europe en Poitou-Charentes website : here

Among these measures, actors in the cultural, tourism and leisure sector are likely to respond to the operations of measure 7 “Basic services”, whose priority is given to : 

  • 7.1 : Support for the establishment and updating of development plans for municipalities and villages in rural areas and their basic services, as well as protection and management plans for Natura 2000 sites and other areas of high natural value.
  • 7.3 : Support for broadband infrastructure, including its establishment, improvement and development, passive broadband infrastructure and the provision of broadband access and e-government solutions. 
  • 7.4 : Support for investment in the establishment, improvement or development of basic services at local level for the rural population, including cultural and recreational activities, and related infrastructure.
  • 7.5 : Support for public investment in recreational infrastructure, tourist information and small-scale tourist infrastructure.
  • 7.6 : Assistance for studies and investments related to the maintenance, restoration and rehabilitation of the cultural and natural heritage of villages, rural landscapes and sites of high natural value, including socio-economic aspects, as well as environmental awareness actions: the rehabilitation or restoration of built elements.

Website : consult the Poitou-Charentes Regional Development Program 2014-2020 : here

Leading approach : 

19 local action groups for the period 201-2020 : 

  • GAL Ruffécois
  • GAL Charente Limousine
  • Anglophone LAG
  • GAL South Charente
  • GAL Royan Atlantique
  • GAL Rochefort Océan
  • GAL Saintonge Romane
  • GAL Haute Saintonge
  • GAL Vals de Saintonge
  • GAL d’Aunis
  • GAL Marennes Oléron
  • GAL Nord Deux-Sèvres
  • GAL Gâtine
  • GAL Mellois
  • GAL Châtelleraudais
  • GAL Haut Poitou and Clain
  • GAL Six Valleys
  • GAL Civraien
  • GAL South East Vienna

Website : consult the distribution of funding : here

Contact points and information : 

Depending on their theme, EAFRD files are examined by the Departmental Directorates of the Territories, the DRAAF or the DREAL. The Region will not examine requests for EAFRD assistance, but will rely on the services of the State. However, the EAFRD service in the region can direct you to the right contact person and answer your questions about the program.

Managing Authority : 

Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes Regional Council
European Regional Fund Poitou-Charentes / EAFRD Service
Aurélie Bertrand, Head of Department
05 17 84 30 23

Isabelle Georges, Leader Project Manager
05 17 84 30 23

Information on the Leader program for LAG facilitators : here

Useful Links : 

Website : Europe in Poitou-Charentes : here

Good practices : 

Website : consult the list of projects supported bu the EAFRD program in France (attention : this list also includes aid under the EAGF, European Agricultural Guarantee Fund) : here.  

Focus on the @rchipelago project in the Rochefortais country : 

Program : Leader Programme 2007-2013

This project aimed to network actors through a network of digital public spaces to ensure a coordinated offer of learning and use of ICTs in the region. It has given rise to the creation of a framework structure that supports and creates projects related to information and communication technologies on the scale of the Pays Rochefortais territory, with the mission of making equipment available to the public, introducing the remote public to computer practices and exchanging experiences, transferring knowledge, through the network of volunteers of the @rchipel association.

Website : consult the experience sheet produced as part of the Poitou-Charentes rural network : here

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