Funding in Europe

Funding in Europe


Key Resources

Regional Grants

     Europe wide

     Central and Eastern European Countries


     Nordic and Baltic Countries

Bi- and Multilateral Funding

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     United Kingdom

Key Resources 

IETM Fund Finder

This IETM publication - coordinated by On the Move, launched in July 2015 - provides a detailed and easy-to-read overview of public and private funding opportunities for the arts and culture in Europe and beyond (cross-sectoral and cross-national). In this part, you will find a section on (at least partially) paid residencies with a focus on multi-disciplinary forms of art practice with direct links to the performing arts sector (p.12). The guide continues with information about European funding programmes that can include cultural projects.

Please note that, apart for the section on residency, this guide is not focused on individual applicants. Check the eligibility criteria carefully.

Mobility funding guides

On The Move cultural mobility funding guides take you through funding opportunities for cultural mobility to / from / across Europe. Most of these guides were updated in 2014 with the support of the Asia-Europe Foundation and cover countries of the European Union, as well as Norway, Switzerland and the Russian Federation. Some of the guides have been updated in 2015.

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Regional grants

Europe wide

STEP Beyond Travel Grants

STEP Beyond Travel grants (European Cultural Foundation) fund artists and cultural workers - with a priority to individuals up to 35 years and/or in the first 10 years of their career - to travel between EU and countries bordering the EU (ongoing deadline).

Eligibility: individual artists or cultural workers based in Europe or its neighbourhood. You will find a detailled description here.  

Central & Eastern European countries

CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence

The CEI Fellowship is a fellowship aimed at encouraging cross-border cooperation and promotion in the field of literature for young writers young writers (below 35) from European countries (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine). 3-month residency provided each year since 2006. Check the website for the new deadlines.

Eligibility: Writers under 35 years of age from non-EU CEI countries (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine).

EEPAP Residency Small Grants Programme

East Europeon Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) Small Grants Programme is designed to support the innovation, creativity and professional development of individual artists, curators, academics, artistic groups and organizations working in the contemporary dance, theatre and wider performing arts field in 18 EEPAP countries. The artistic projects may include the development, completion, production or presentation of new work or additional funding of existing ongoing artistic residence programmes or productions.

Eligibility: individual artists and art organizations working within contemporary dance, theatre and wider performing arts field in the EEPAP countries. See full list here.

The International Visegrad Fund

The International Visegrad Fund allows artists from the V4 countries, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, to apply for several residency grants. Check their website for the latest deadlines as well as the eligibility per grants programme.

Eligibility: individual artists or artist collectives from the V4 countries.  

Nordic and Baltic countries

Nordic Culture Point

Nordic Culture Point > Mobility Funding: The module offers funding for all the fields / sectors of art and culture in the Nordic and the Baltic countries: to professional artists working in all art forms and genres, to authors, translators, curators, producers, cultural editors and researchers etc. It also offers a programme for residency organisations itself. Deadlines throughout the year.

Eligibiltiy: depending on the programme you would like to apply for. 


The Roberto Cimetta Fund

The Roberto Cimetta Fund focusses on operators and artists in the Mediterranean. The fund offers small travel grants to individuals, which cover 75% of the travel and visa expenses necessary for participating in meetings of a professional cultural network. Check the eligibility criteria per call.

Eligibility: individual artists living and working in the Euro-Mediterranean region

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Bi- and Multilateral Funding

Canon Foundation in Europe

Annually, the Canon Foundation in Europe grants up to 15 Fellowships to highly qualified European and Japanese researchers. European Fellows are expected to pursue a period of research in Japan whereas Japanese Fellows are expected to do their research in Europe. Canon Foundation Fellowships are for a minimum period of three months up to maximum of one year. The annual deadline for applications is 15 September.

Eligibility: permanent citizens of Japan or Europe (including Israel, Turkey, Balkan and Baltic countries). 

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink is an international arts service organization. Their programs encourage and support exchange of artists and cultural managers between the United States and Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Two artist/arts manager grants are available.

Eligibility: artists, cultural managers and non-profit arts organizations from the U.S. or from the eligible countries listed here.

The Netherland-America Foundation

The Netherland-American Foundation (NAF) strives to enhance awareness and support of cultural exchange in both the United States and the Netherlands. The Foundation supports cultural events and projects in the two countries.

Eligibility: individual artists who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or the Netherlands. 

Trust for Mutual Understanding

The Trust for Mutual Understanding awards grants to American nonprofit organizations to support the international travel component of cultural and environmental exchanges conducted in partnership with institutions and individuals in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. While the Initial Inquiry may be made by an individual or institution in any of the countries in which TMU is active, the Final Proposal must be submitted by an American nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, as TMU does not make grants directly to institutions or individuals abroad. Check past grantees to know if your project can fit in TMU programs.

Eligibility: American nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations active in partnership with institutions and individuals from the countries listed here

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Flanders department of cultuur, jeugd, sport & media

The Flanders department of cultuur, jeugd, sport & media provides project grants for both individuals and art organisations. So this may imply artists, designers (planners, architects ...), arts organisations, galleries, mediators, management offices, etc. Check out the extensive funding finder here.

Eligibility: artists must not necessarily have the Belgian nationality; however, there must be some involvement in the art scene within the Flemish Community.

Wallonie - Bruxelles International

Wallonie - Bruxelles International (WBI) offers grants to visual artists to partially cover a residency period abroad. The artists should be working professionally for 2 to 3 years at least.

Eligibility: visual artists living in Wallonie or Brussels. 


Danish Arts Foundation

The prime aim of the Danish Arts Foundation is to promote the arts in Denmark and Danish art abroad. It offers grants for all sorts of project within multiple disciplines. Check the website for a full overview of its programmes.

Eligibility: both national and international artists, but projects should always be connected to Denmark or Danish art abroad. 

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Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) promotes Finnish art on an international level. It is an expert agency under the Ministry of Education and Culture. Together with its arts councils and boards Taike awards grants to professional artists and subsidies to communities in the field of the arts.

Eligibility: Finnish artists or artists' groups for the grants and subsidies for legal or registrered communities. 


AVEK the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture supports creative documentaries, short fiction, animated films and media-art based productions. It participates in international co-productions with Finnish producers as minor partners. Co-productions must have either a noticeable connection to Finland or have serious artistic involvement from Finland.  In co-productions the Finnish co-production company applies the funding from AVEK. The money has to be used for Finnish artistic involvement.

Eligibility: film and documentary producers, who are Finnish citizens or it should concern productions  with a strong Finnish connection. 

Frame Contemporary Art Finland

Each year, Frame Contemporary Art Finland distributes funds from the Finnish Ministry of Culture and Education to promote Finnish contemporary arts internationally. It offers grants to support new initiatives and strengthen existing connections.

Eligibility: Finnish or Finland-based artists.

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The Institut Français

The Institut Français offers several grants for residencies and mobility. The calls are mostly divided by diciplines. See here a video about the Institut Français residency programmes.

Eligibility: French artists


Deutschen Übersetzerfonds

The Deutschen Übersetzerfonds offers stipends for translators, who translate foreign publications into German. It offers six programmes. Application deadline is twice a year.

Eligibility: German translators. 


The ifa offerts two relevant grant programmes. The ifa Artists' Contact programme promotes the international cooperation of German and foreign persons engaged in the cultural sector. Work stays as well as work tours from developing and emerging countries to Germany are supported if the realisation is in the interest of foreign cultural policy. German artists can also receive subsidies for their travelling expenses while networking and seeking opportunities in developing and emerging countries. Each year, application deadlines are on the 31st of January and the 15th of August.

The ifa Rave Scholarships support further practical training for young curators, restorers, museum technicians and cultural managers from countries in transition and developing countries, who hitherto had no opportunity yet to work in Germany for an extended period of time. Each year, the application date is on the 15th of May.

Eligibility: German as well as international artists and cultural managers, depending on the programme concerned.

Touring Artists Funding Database

Touring Artists Funding Database 

 includes some 300 programs of public agencies, foundations, associations, businesses, etc. in Germany that promote the international mobility of artists. Additionally, it includes several European and international programs. Two directions of mobility have been considered: programs for which artists and organizers residing in Germany may apply who want to work abroad temporarily; programs in Germany open to international applicants 

Eligibility: German as well as international artists, depending on the programme concerned. 

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IAC’s Mobility Grants

The Icelandic Art Center assists Icelandic or Iceland based visual artists in working or presenting their art abroad with mobility grants. Mobility grants are for travel, accommodation and/or maintenance abroad

Eligibility: artists who have Icelandic citizenship or who have been residents in Iceland for at least five years.


Cultural Export Fund

The Cultural Export Fund Travel Grants programme primarily aims to support the mobility of artists and cultural operators to explore, to develop skills, to build networks, and to engage in international collaborations.

Eligibility: individuals who are Maltese citizens or permanent residents;  a group of artists in which one person takes the lead who is a Maltese citizen or is a permanent resident.

 the Netherlands

Fonds Kwadraat

Visual artists and designers can apply for a loan free of interest at Fonds Kwadraat, for all kind of purposes, a residency among other things. You can repay the loan in the course of three years.

Eligibility: individual artists or designers with Dutch citizenship or who are permanent residents for the duration of the loan. 

Mondriaan Fund

The Mondriaan Fund offers residency programmes as well as funding for residencies with the aim the stimulate the practices of artists and cultural managers.

Eligibility: individual artists with Dutch citizenship or who are in the possession of a residence permit. 


Voordekunst is a crowdfunding platform for the creative field. You can start your own campaign for your creative project. The Voordekunst team will advise and help you with setting up your crowdfunding project.

Eligibility: both individuals and organisations can initiate their campaign. 

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Adam Mickiewicz Institute

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute offers the "Polish Culture Around the World" programme, which is addressed to artists of all fields of art and creative industries, people involved in the dissemination and promotion of polish culture. It aims to support individual participation in events abroad ( in exhibitions, concerts, festivals, tours, music contests) through co-financing the costs of accommodation and transport to the venue of the event. To apply for a grant artists must submit an application. Applications are evaluated during the program committee meetings, which are held once a month.

Eligibility: individual artists with Polish citizenship


Fundação Oriente

The Fundação Oriente awards short term scholarships to applicants from Far Eastern countries, who wish to attend courses, undergo training periods or field trips in Portugal. Scholarships are also awarded for the same purposes to Portuguese citizens undertaking similar work in Far Eastern countries. Preference will be given to applicants working in the following areas: Plastic Arts, History, Art History, Design, Photography, Architecture, Museum Science and Conservation and Restoration and Anthropology 


Romanian Cultural Institute

The Romanian Cultural Institute, a public body founded in 2003, is tasked with raising the profile of Romanian culture around the world. In order to achieve this, it spreads information and spearheads cultural projects involving Romanian artists and writers. It offers several grants and scholarships for artists, translators and (young) scholars. 

Eligibility: individual artists, both national and international depending on the programme. 

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Cultural Fellowships in Russia

Since 2008, the Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia), together with the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center and with the support of the Committee of External Relations of St. Petersburg, has been running the programme Cultural Fellowships in Russia. The aim of the program is to promote cultural cooperation between Russia and other countries. Those eligible for the programme are foreign specialists in the field of culture, education, and humanities who are currently working on creative projects related to Russian culture and history.

Eligibility: international artists and cultural managers working on projects related to Russian culture and history. 



AC/E is an agency that orchestrates public support for the promotion of culture, both in Spain and overseas. Its aims include promoting Spain’s rich and plural artistic legacy and fostering the internationalisation of its most contemporary creative and culture sector. The agency's Programme of Residencies offers grants for a few selected residencies. The Mobility Programme is aimed at providing incentives to foreign cultural organisations and institutions – both public and private – to encourage them to feature Spanish artists and culture professionals and creators in overseas programmes in order to enhance the international visibility as well as mobility.

Eligibility: Spanish citizens or permanent residents for the residency programme; international artists or organisations for the mobility programme. 


The AECID offers several grants for individuals. It lists the open calls on its website, mainly in Spanish.

Eligibility: mainly individual artists with Spanish citizenship or EU-citizens with a residence permit. 

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Swedish Arts Grants Committee

The Swedish Arts Grants Committee awards a number of different grants and allowances to individual artists within the areas of visual arts and design, music, theatre, dance and film. We support artists´ travels, projects and artistic work in general. Through the Iapsis programme it also offers a few grants for a selection of national and international residencies.

Eligibility: the applicant's main artistic practice must be in Sweden or he or she must be a permanent resident of Sweden. However, foreign visual artists and designers may be invited for a residency at Iapsis.

United Kingdom

International Opportunities Fund supports Wales based professional arts practitioners and organisations to undertake international visits aimed at the development of international work and the presentation and delivery of artistic work outside the UK.

The British council offers funding opportunities for UK design professionals, particularly to those who wish to develop their research and skills overseas.

The Henry Moore Foundation aims at advancing the education of the public by the promotion of public's appreciation of the fine arts and in particular the works of Henry Moore. The Foundation supports a wide range of projects and activities in the visual arts through its donations programme. Among areas covered are student bursaries, fellowships for artists and grants to art institutions, galleries and museums.

UK for specific disciplines, travel (2016: makers, crafts, designers)


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