European funding

As part of its Hampshire Solent European Funding Project, working with Laurie Barriol of Inspire EU, the South East Museum Development Programme has produced two useful resources for museums applying, or considering applying, for EU funding.

A helpful EU funding top tips guide, including key steps for accessing European funding and how to develop European project ideas successfully can be downloaded below.

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A helpful jargon buster guide to terminology used in EU funding stream documentation can be downloaded below.




Creative Europe: Funding Opportunities for the Cultural and Creative Sectors

Creative Europe is the European Union’s programme to support the cultural, creative and audio-visual sectors from 2014-2020. It brings together the former Culture 2007-2013, MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus funding programmes. Cooperation Projects is the funding strand most accessible to museums and galleries and grants of up €200,000 or up to €2 million can be applied for, depending on the scale of the collaborative project. Match funding is required.

Creative Europe Desk UK promotes awareness and understanding of the EU’s Creative Europe programme in the UK and provides free advice and support to UK applicants. Creative Europe Desk UK’s website offers up-to-date information on Creative Europe’s deadlines, news and other EU funding, and offers inspiration via a database of previously funded projects and a partner search space.



INTERREG programmes provide funding for interregional cooperation across Europe, with an emphasis on strengthening economic, social, and cultural development across borders.

INTERREG IV (2007-2013, with all projects completed by July 2015) was split into three strands:

Strand A focussed on cross-border cooperation, and UK partners in the south of England (from Cornwall all the way round to Norfolk) could partner with northern France or a combination of north east France, Belgium, and parts of the Netherlands.  Partners in Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland could partner with Ireland

Norfolk County Council has been selected as the Managing Authority of the INTERREG VA France (Channel) – England programme 2014-2020.

Strand B encompassed 10 sub-programmes, and different parts of the UK were eligible to participate in four of these:

Strand C focussed on interregional cooperation projects that improved the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments, and on exchange between partners who are responsible for the development of local and regional policies

Interregional cooperation funding will continue (2014-2020) under the name of INTERREG EUROPE and details of the programme are expected to be published in spring 2015.  Check the websites for each INTERREG IV strand for details.


Europe for Citizens

Europe for Citizens aims to provide opportunities for citizens to interact and participate in an ever closer Europe through town twinning, trans-national projects or work programmes, events, studies, and information tools.



Erasmus+ provides grants for a wide range of activities in the fields of education, training, youth, and sport, giving participants an opportunity to spend a period abroad to increase their skills.  It supports organisations to work in transnational partnership and to share innovative practices.



The EU’s LIFE programme provides funding for the environmental and climate action projects, including ‘natural heritage’.


Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s large-scale funding programme for 2014-2020.  It replaces a number of previous programmes which provided funding for cultural heritage organisation in the fields of research and digitisation.

The Collections Trust has published Horizon 2020 – Digital Opportunities for Cultural Heritage, which provides a simple, accessible point-of-entry for cultural heritage organisations who are thinking about participating in consortia or projects funded through the Horizon 2020 programme.