Together, we bring new inspiring ideas to diverse audiences across Europe and neighbouring countries.
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Second Round in 2019: Action Grants

The call is ongoing with a deadline of 27 September 12:00 CEST

We want to support people who are working for European democratic values. People who are fighting for their rights as citizens, for their right to public space and personal freedoms, and for their right to creative expression.

Use your imagination to make our European unity stronger and better, resilient and future proof. Apply now!


Research & Development grants

We support people and their ideas using creativity and cultural methods for positive change at a local, regional and/or European level. Since 2014, we launch open calls to submit innovative ideas that address Europe-wide issues.

The Research and Development Grants provide seed money that offers the opportunity to explore new and daring concepts. We actively support your knowledge development through opportunities to network, finding new partners for collaboration, sharing tools for developing your ideas and taking part in training, residencies and workshops.

Our most recent call Courageous Citizens ran from March 29 2018 to May 9 2018, click here to find out more about the awarded projects.

Idea Camp 2017, photo by César Lucas Abreu.

Idea Camp 2017, photo by César Lucas Abreu.

Tandem Shaml 2017, photo by Constanze Flamme

Tandem Shaml 2017, photo by Constanze Flamme


Tandem supports long-term cooperation, knowledge development and networking opportunities between cultural managers across wider Europe. Launched in 2011 and developed as part of our European Neighbourhood programme, Tandem has brought together more than 400 independent cultural organisations and supported the professional development of over 320 cultural managers coming from more than 160 cities and 35 countries in wider Europe. Throughout a year-long collaboration, participants work together to co-develop cultural projects and take part in a vocational placement at each other’s organisation. Tandem is an initiative of the European Cultural Foundation and MitOst e.V.


 STEP travel grants

Supporting Travel for Engaged Partnership: STEP travel grants support creative and critical cultural workers travelling across Europe and its neighbouring countries, to help foster a society with greater solidarity, equality and a stronger sense of social justice. STEP is open for applications year-round.

STEP is initiated and managed by the European Cultural Foundation with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo.

Landing AR3101  ©Sylvain Raybaud

Landing AR3101 ©Sylvain Raybaud





FundAction is a new participatory fund making grants for social transformation. 

Participatory grant-making seeks to involve those directly affected by the issues — the people that the money intends to help — in decision-making about where the money goes. It can be a more effective way of reaching people and addressing issues of power. 

The new fund offers three kinds of grants: Renew, Rethink, Resist.

Cultural activists can become a member of FundAction, and meet digitally and in person. A dedicated online platform allows group decision-making and discussions, and proposal submission and review. 

FundAction is funded by the European Cultural Foundation, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer, Guerilla Foundation, and Open Society Foundation Initiatives Europe.




Civitates is a consortium of 16 foundations committed to upholding democratic values in Europe. It believes in European democracies, where all citizens have the opportunity to access information, make their voices heard, organise, mobilise and engage fully in the democratic processes.To achieve this vision, Civitates strengthens the capacity of civil society to play its indispensable role in shaping vibrant and open European democracies that work for all.

Civitates is hosted by the Brussels-based Network of European Foundations (NEF).


We previously managed the Balkans Arts and Culture Fund (BAC). Read more.