Funding partners

DOEN Foundation (The Netherlands)
The DOEN Foundation is a promoter of people and organisations that take the lead in the field of sustainable, cultural and social innovation. The foundation is a partner of the Tandem/Shaml Cultural Managers Exchange Programme between Europe and the Arab region.

European Commission – Culture Programme
The EU’s Culture Programme supports projects and initiatives to celebrate Europe’s cultural diversity and enhance a shared cultural heritage through the development of cross-border cooperation. 

ECF receives EU support for the project Re-mapping Europe – a remix, which is part of our Youth & Media programme.

ECF has also received support in the framework of the EU Culture Programme strand of Cooperation with 3rd Countries for Tandem Moldova-EU-Ukraine Cultural Managers Exchange Programme between Moldova, Ukraine and the European Union countries.


Mimeta (Norway)
The aim of the Mimeta fund is to give people access to free artistic expression created on independent terms. The fund is a partner of the Tandem/Shaml Cultural Managers Exchange Programme between Europe and the Arab region.

Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (Spain)
The Ministry of Culture, Education and Sport in Spain kindly supports ECF’s networking platform for cultural exchange part of

Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany)
The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major German foundations and supports projects in the fields of science, health, international relations, education, society and culture. The foundation is one of the main partners in the Tandem/Shaml Cultural Managers Exchange Programme between Europe and the Arab region, and has co-financed the Tandem Cultural Managers Exchange Programme between the EU – Ukraine – Moldova.

Swiss Government (Switzerland)
The Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture (BIFC) – run by ECF from 2006 to June 2013 – is now the ‘Balkans Arts and Culture Fund’. Since 1 July 2013, this grant scheme is owned and managed by our partner in the Balkan region, art∡ngle – Balkans | Culture | Development, with the financial support of the Swiss Government and ECF.

Stiftung Mercator (Germany)
Stiftung Mercator is one of the largest private foundations in Germany. The foundation supports projects in three clusters: integration, climate change and arts education. China, Turkey and the EU are geographic focus areas of the foundation’s activities in this field. Mercator is one of the main partners for both rounds of the Tandem Cultural Managers Exchange Programme between Turkey and the European Union.

Zabawas Foundation (The Netherlands)
The Dutch Zabawas Foundation supports projects in the Netherlands in the fields of Culture, Nature, Medical Science, Sports and Education. The foundation has kindly confirmed to support a theatre performance that will take place in Amsterdam in December 2014 and is produced by ECF together with several partners.   

Strategic partners

Al Mawred al Thaqafy (Egypt)
Al Mawred al Thaqafy is a non-profit organisation that seeks to support artistic creativity in the Arab region and to encourage cultural exchanges within the Arab region and with the developing world. The organisation is the key local partner of the Tandem/Shaml Cultural Managers Exchange Programme between Europe and the Arab region.

Anadolu Kültür (Turkey)  
Anadolu Kültür is a non-profit organisation based in Istanbul with the mission of building bridges between different ethnic, religious and regional groups. The organisation is ECF’s key partner in all its past and current Turkey programmes. It also implements the Tandem Cultural Managers Exchange Programme in Turkey.

Association of Creative Initiatives “ę” (Poland)
The Association of Creative Initiatives “ę” is one of five partners for Doc Next Network, a movement that strives for social justice and inclusive opinion in Europe through digital media. “Ę” runs socio-cultural projects all over Poland, supporting initiatives of young people and seniors, helping young artists and encouraging cultural institutions to implement change.

BOZAR (Belgium)
Bozar is the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels is partner in the ECF Princess Margriet Award in 2014.

British Film Institute (United Kingdom)
The British Film Institute (BFI) is one of five partners for Doc Next Network. The BFI promotes understanding and appreciation of film and television heritage and culture.

Centre for Cultural Management (Ukraine)
The Centre for Cultural Management is a Lviv-based non-governmental organisation established in 2002.  Its mission is to promote the development of the cultural sector in the Ukraine and to match it with the community’s needs. The centre has organised all ECF-funded capacity and network development programmes in the Ukraine, and is a key partner in the Tandem Cultural Managers Exchange Programme Ukraine – Moldova.

Centre for Cultural Policy (Moldova)
The Centre for Cultural Policy in Chisinau was set up in 2002 to work out and promote reform strategies for Moldova’s cultural system. It aims to develop collaboration and partnerships between governmental and non-governmental organisations in the field of cultural policy. The centre is a partner in the “Trio Moldova – Rural cultural development hubs” project.

Culture Action Europe
Culture Action Europe is an advocacy and lobby organisation promoting arts and culture as a building block of the European project. It is a long-standing partner for ECF’s advocacy work, in particular in the we are more campaign. 

De Balie (The Netherlands)
De Balie is a culture and debate centre in Amsterdam and has hosted several ECF events. De Balie and ECF cooperate in the organisation of debates and in communication and promotion.

Democracy through Culture (Ukraine)
Democracy through Culture is a Kiev-based organisation that supports the development of cultural policy in the Ukraine. It provides analytical information on various aspects of cultural policy-making. The centre is a partner in the Ukraine Culture Network Project.

European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC)
ENCATC is a European network on cultural management and cultural policy education. ENCATC has managed and developed the Cultural Policy Research Award since 2008, in partnership with ECF.

German Marshall Fund (United States)
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grant-making institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues. The GMF is a strategic partner of ECF, helping us to coordinate several foundation activities in the European Neighbourhood

International Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - IFFR

Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey)
Istanbul Bilgi University is a key partner in ECF-supported advocacy and cultural policy reform work across Turkey and a partner of the Tandem Cultural Managers Exchange Programme in Turkey.  

KuLeuven (Belgium)
KU Leuven organises a students programme for the ECF Princess Margriet Award 2014.

Metropolis TV (The Netherlands)
Metropolis TV is one of the five partners of the Doc Next Network. Through a global correspondent network, Metropolis TV produces an in-depth examination of the similarities and differences between cultures in our increasingly connected world.

MitOst (Germany)
MitOst is a non-governmental organisation that works for a vital civil society and for cultural and language diversity in Europe and its neighbouring regions. MitOst is the co-creator and key implementation partner for all Tandem Cultural Managers Exchange Programmes that have been implemented so far.  

MODE Istanbul (Turkey)
MODE Istanbul is one of the five partners of the Doc Next Network. MODE Istanbul supports talented young people of various ages and backgrounds, helping them to produce, promote and showcase their media creations.

MORE EUROPE – Culture in the EU’s External Relations
This public-private consortium consists of foundations, civic networks and national cultural institutes, and  is a cultural civic initiative with the objective to highlight and reinforce the role of culture in the EU’s external relations. The central coordination point is the Goethe Institut Brussels, and ECF is one of the core partners.

Platform for Intercultural Europe
The Platform for Intercultural Europe is a civil society initiative started in 2008 by ECF and the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (today Culture Action Europe) to promote intercultural dialogue. The platform is a strategic partner in ECF’s advocacy work.

Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (The Netherlands) -Stadsschouwburg 

Soros Foundation Moldova – Cultural Policies Program 
The Soros Foundation Moldova (SFM) has the mission of promoting open society values and contributing to the democratisation of society in Moldova. The foundation is the key local partner in the Tandem Cultural Managers Exchange Programme, and the main partner in the “Trio Moldova – Rural cultural development hubs” project.

University of Tilburg (The Netherlands)
The Department of Culture Studies of the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands has cooperated with ECF in the organisation of the seminar ‘Dwarfing of Europe?’.

ZEMOS98 (Spain)
Zemos98 is one of the five partners of the Doc Next Network. Zemos98 is a Seville-based team of young researchers, exploring ties between society, new media and the audiovisual.