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The European Cultural Foundation supports projects that follow three main principles: empowering people through art and culture, connecting sources of knowledge, and linking cultural policy and practice.
Are you eligible to apply?
If you are an artist or a cultural worker under the age of 35 from a European or neighbouring country, then yes. The ECF supports all kinds of artistic and cultural expression: music, visual arts, theatre, dance, film, documentary, multimedia, photography, design, fashion and cultural-capacity building. If you are still not sure, try out ECF’s eligibility wizard to find out whether you should apply!
There are no fixed deadlines for the STEP beyond programme, so you can submit your application throughout the whole year. Usually the selection process takes up to one month, but it can take longer during holiday periods.
STEP stands for “Supporting Travel for European Partnerships”. The STEP Beyond Travel Grants have supported the movement of hundreds of people across European borders. In addition to STEP Beyond, ECF also have two other grants;
Collaboration grants is for cultural organisations outside the cultural sector that are working together on artistic and cultural projects across different countries of wider Europe.
Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture supports collaborative artistic and cultural projects conceived by organisations within, or cooperating with, the countries of the Western Balkans.