Funding in Europe

Funding in Europe

Key Resources

Mobility funding guides

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

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 a 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.

Regional grants

Europe wide

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. 

Nordic / Baltic countries

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. Deadlines throughout the year.

Central & Eastern European countries

The International Visegrad Fund allows artists from Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia to apply for several grants. Check their website for the latest deadlines.

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.

BalkanKult supports the mobility of artists, practitioners, ideas and works in order to build bridges between cultures and help the creation of new experiences and understanding.


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.

Bi- and Multilateral Funding

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: check website for details.


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.

Canon Foundation in Europe

Every year, the Canon Foundation in Europe awards up to 15 research fellowships. These supports are intended for young European and Japanese researchers (under 40), highly qualified in any discipline. The Canon fellowships are awarded to carry out research in Japan for Europeans, and in Europe for Japaneses, for periods of minimum three months and maximum one year. The Canon Foundation also offers awards to European and Japanese outstanding scholars or leading members of private or public organizations.

Per country



If you are an artist from developing countries and go for a residency in Denmark, you can apply for a grant at the Arts Fund:


Frame: The Finnish Art Academy Foundation/FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange awards grants for the exhibition of contemporary fine art abroad.

AVEK offers grants for cultural exports to support the preparation of joint productions and the international marketing of Finnish productions.

The Finnish Cultural Foundation annually awards four grants for four to five months of work while in residence at Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf in Germany.

Arts Promotion Centre Finland promotes the arts on both the national and international levels. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland is an expert agency under the Ministry of Education and Culture. It has a programme of arts residency abroad - see here


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.


Touring Artists förderdatenbank: (focus residency in Germany or international going to Germany)

IFA promotes the international cooperation of German and foreign persons engaged in the cultural sector with its Artists' Contacts. It supports working stays and tours of artists, curators, art educators, art theoreticians, architects and designers from developing and emerging countries to Germany, and German artists to these countries.

Another programme from IFA is the Rave Scholarships. They support further practical training for young curators, restorers, museum technicians and cultural managers from countries in transition and developing countries. Rave Scholarships website on IFA

translators: (specific grants for certain translators’ house, maybe good to bring in touch NL-DE funders ?)


Center for Icelandic Art (CIA) is the platform for Icelandic Visual Art activities, which promotes the Iceland Art by connecting the local Visual Art Community with the International Arts.


cultural export fund,

Netherlands diverse grants for residencies (prêts sans frais, visual arts)
nl crowdfunding:


Polish Cultural Institute: Polish artists who want to do a residency abroad can approach the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York (for USA).

Portugal (échange avec Asie)


Romanian Cultural Institute

The Foreign Researchers Grants Programme : The program is dedicated to academic improvement, namely to PhD. students who prepare their final papers or young researchers preparing working upon their papers/articles.
Grants for foreign cultural journalists : The aim of this program is promoting the Romanian cultural phenomenon in the foreign media.
The Translators Scholarships Programme : This programme proposes as a primary goal training as well as promoting language translators already specializing in Romanian literature that come from diverse linguistic spaces.

Romanian Cultural Institute grants and scholarships.


scholars and curators in St Petersburg,
For the Russia guide: this is under ASEF/Asia:

AECID, individual grants:


all disciplines:

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)


UK: curators: