In the summer of 2014 we received an astonishing 813 proposals in response to our open call for ideas about how to engage people in re-defining and shaping public space. From among this treasure trove of applications, we have selected representatives of the 50 most innovative, daring and inspiring ideas to join ECF’s first Idea Camp. The 50 participants have gathered from 23-25 October in Marseille, where they were co-hosted by one of the hubs from our Networked Programme, Les Têtes de l’Art

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The participants come from 23 different countries, from across the EU as well as from neighbouring regions, including the Arab Mediterranean region, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the Western Balkans. They represent organisations from a vast array of sectors, from academia to environmental bodies, from human rights, architecture, social & civic activism and city planning right through to the media, arts and culture. The huge diversity of sectors represented means that the ideas are hugely diverse too. Some of the ideas are focused on rural or ecological issues while others highlight urban or digital topics. 

In spite of the participants’ diversity, they all share a common motivation – to join the Idea Camp in October, to get inspired, to exchange knowledge among their peers and to set up exciting new partnerships.

We are currently developing the open call for the second Idea Camp which will be published on this website in February. 

See the Idea Camp 2014 page for further information about the event.

You can also look at last year's guidelines and FAQ. 

The yearly Idea Camp is organised in the spirit of the underlying values and concept of free and open culture. The Idea Camp is a safe space for collaborative work and development of participants’ ideas. It is a physical space as well as a dynamic context where openness and sharing are key principles. Participants need to be committed to these values as individuals as well as in collaborative works and sessions throughout the three-day camp. Ideas will be published by ECF under Creative Commons License by-nc-sa/3.0, both before and after the Idea Camp on ECF’s website and by the participants themselves on the ECF Labs. The camp will also hold several sessions related to free culture and sharing, such as collective work, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and open collaboration.

The Idea Camp provides a safe and inspirational space for the cross- pollination of ideas, allowing projects and partnerships to emerge. The camp is both a meeting place and a working place, fuelled by workshops around topics and methodologies to help the selected participants to:

  • investigate and further develop their ideas

  • exchange knowledge and find new collaborations

  • inspire and connect with other practitioners from different sectors who are working with culture and communities

  • explore and challenge new democratic alternatives. 

25 Research and Development grants

Following the Idea Camp, participants were invited to submit a concrete plan for further research or investigation of their ideas. A total of 25 proposals have been selected and consequently rewarded with an R&D grant up to a maximum € 10.000. The grant will enable the research and development of, for example, business plans, concrete project proposals, prototypes, research papers, media reportages etc.

Eligibility and how to apply

Please note that applications are now closed.

The call was open to individuals, collectives or organisations working in the arts and cultural sector as well as in other fields and sectors of society including academic & educational, environmental, trade & industry, health & social care, human rights etc. Applicants can represent the private, public or social sector, and they should be based or active in wider Europe.

Details on eligibility (including the full list of eligible countries), the selection criteria and the application process can be found  in the guidelines of this call


Over the past 60 years, we have brought together ideas, knowledge and experience to maximise the impact of culture across wider Europe, both through our activities and through our grants programmes. Our goal is to support and bring new ideas and inspired visions to diverse audiences across different countries in Europe and beyond. 

In 2013 we issued a call for Collaboration Grants that was aligned with our strategic focus for the next four years – Connecting Culture, Communities and Democracy. We supported projects (12 collaboration grants from Greece to Latvia) that – by working transnationally and cross-sectorally – present a fresh and more sustainable picture of Europe.  We no longer run Collaboration Grants. For an overview of projects supported under our Collaboration Grants until 2013, please visit our Library.

Between now and 2016, we will work through a networked approach, aiming to connect local cultural change-makers, raising awareness of their creative potential to generate new social, environmental, economic and democratic models through their cultural practices.


We have funded a vast array of collaborative projects. You can browse grants project videos, audio, books and reports as well as download the full list of Collaboration Grants that were awarded funding  from our Library.

Have you received a grant from us? See our guidelines about how to acknowledge our support and download ECF's logo. If you are using social media to promote your project, don't hesitate to tag us on Twitter and Facebook in any relevant posts. We would be happy to help you spread the word about your project through our networks too. You can also always inform our grants administrator Esther Claassen by e-mail.

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