Perspectives and funding possibilites in “Horizon 2020”, “CREATIVE EUROPE CULTURE” and “Europe for Citizens”
The European Union launched the European Year of Cultural Heritage in order to to bring people closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage. Therefore, several European funding programmes offer financial support for projects dealing with cultural heritage. According to the motto “Exploring & Experiencing European cultural heritage” the event focusses on the European funding programmes “Horizon2020”, “CREATIVE EUROPE CULTURE” and “EUROPE FOR CITIZENS“. Besides a broad introduction into the topic of the European cultural heritage, lectures and workshops present various chances and perspectives the three programmes offer for approaching and working with heritage on European level. The whole-day event addresses representatives of civil society organisations, local authorities, cultural, educational or scientific organisations and artistic or cultural professionals working in European cooperations.
Horizon2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. The emphasis is on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. Societal challenge 6 (“Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”) aims at developing resilient European societies and will be in focus. This includes European identity, values and understanding of democracy, cultural heritage and cultural diversity. It also addresses the issues of social transformation through digitalisation (e.g. e-government) as well as migration and refugee movements.
CREATIVE EUROPE CULTURE supports the European cultural and creative sector except the audiovisual section. The programme helps increasing the cultural players’ professionalisation and mobility and aims at reaching new audiences. Innovative and cross-boarder cooperation projects are the core element of the CULTURE subprogramme.
The EUROPE FOR CITIZENS programme promotes activities of municipal partnerships as well as civil society projects dedicated to European issues. Thematically, it is focused both on the history of the European Union and on European policy-making. The programme aims to improve the understanding of European citizens for the European Union, to encourage them to participate in debates on European issues and to identify opportunities for democratic participation.
Participation is free of charge, but prior registration and an identity document are required to enter the Commission building. The event language is German.