Last checked: 08/09/2022

EU funding programmes

EU funding for tourism

The EU tourism funding guide gives an overview of the programmes included in the new EU budget to support the tourism sector. Get access to the appropriate resources that best fit your needs:

The EU has several different funding programmes that you may be able to apply for, depending on the nature of your business or project. There are two different types:  direct funding and indirect funding.

Direct funding

The allocation of direct funding capital is managed by the European Institutions. There are two types of funding available: grants and contracts. You can apply for grants and contracts managed by the European Commission on the Funding and Tenders portal.


Grants are given to specific projects that relate to EU policies, usually following a public announcement known as a call for proposals.

Who is eligible?

You may apply for a grant if you run a business or a related organisation (business associations, business support providers, consultants, etc.) that runs projects that further the interests of the EU, or if you contribute to the implementation of an EU programme or policy.


Contracts are issued by EU institutions to buy services, goods or works that they need for their operations – such as studies, training, conference organisation or IT equipment.

Indirect funding

Indirect funding is managed by national and regional authorities and comprises nearly 80% of the EU budget, mainly through 5 big funds that come under the umbrella of the European Structural and Investment Funds.

The funds are:

Apply for funding

To access EU grants, you should apply via the relevant regional or national authorities (known as managing authorities) in the member state where you are registered.

The Ministry of Agriculture in your country is responsible for funding for the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

To apply for funding for the European Maritime Fisheries Fund, you should contact the national contact points.

Read more about how EU funding works.

Need help or advice?

Get in touch with specialised assistance services

Do you have questions on operating a business cross-border, for example exporting or expanding to another EU country? If so, the Enterprise Europe Network can give you free advice.

You can also use the assistance service finder to find the right help for you.

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