Photo ©Vladimir US (Oberliht) 

Photo ©Vladimir US (Oberliht) 

Until 15 July, we ran an open call inviting people to submit an innovative, daring idea for cross-sectoral collaboration that engages Europeans in re-defining and shaping “public space”. 

From the applications we have received, we will choose the 50 most viable and innovative ideas. These will be represented by the successful applicants at ECF’s first annual Idea Camp, co-hosted by Les Têtes de l’Art. The Idea Camp will take place in Marseilles between 23 and 25 October 2014 (arrival in Marseilles on 22 October). ECF will cover all the travel and accommodation costs associated with the event for a maximum of one representative for each idea. 

We also launched #PublicSpaceis online campaign inviting people to share their view of what public space is. 

The 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 will provide a safe and inspirational space for the cross- pollination of ideas, allowing projects and partnerships to emerge. The camp will be both a meeting place and a working place, fuelled by workshops around topics and methodologies that will 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 will be invited to submit a concrete plan for further research or investigation of their ideas. A total of 25 proposals will be 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.

Have a look at our other two grants schemes: