STEP Beyond Travel Grants are designed for up-and-coming artists and cultural workers to travel between EU and EFTA (European Free Trade Association), and countries bordering the EU. Priority is given to individuals who are under 35 years old and/or who are in the first 10 years of their career. The STEP Beyond funding scheme emerged from previous mobility grant programmes such as Erasmus and APEXchanges.

You can check eligibility and submit your application on ECF Labs, in the Lab dedicated to Step Beyond. When you apply, you become part of the ECF Labs community, which is a chance to connect with other artists and cultural workers from across Europe and beyond.

Also check our other grants schemes:

STEP Beyond Travel Grants from/to the countries of South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) and Turkey are jointly funded with the Open Society Foundation (OSF).


You can apply online on ECF Labs, in the Step Beyond Lab.

There is no deadline for this grant scheme, which operates on a rolling basis. The selection process takes up to one month. Although you can apply at any time, please bear in mind that your travel cannot take place before our funding decision has been communicated to you. 


Over the last 10 years, we have supported more than 1,000 projects across 59 countries and we remain committed to facilitating cross-border exchange for cultural professionals through this grant scheme. To check out how many applicants and which travel itineraries were funded in 2013, and browse through successful projects, such as Landing AR 3010, visit our Library


Have you received a grant from us? See our guidelines about how to acknowledge our support. You can download ECF's logo, flyers and other artwork our on logos & downloads page. 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.

Help us to help people like you travel and spread the word about the STEP Beyond travel grants.