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06 June 2020

European Funding

Information on European Funding for the publishing, cultural and SME sectors

British Council Scotland: apply by 21 January 2019 at 23:59

British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland are inviting proposals from the Scottish arts sector to undertake projects with European countries. Considering the changing context within the EU, the fund aims to support the sector with strengthening or establishing new relationships and networks and enable a variety of activity.
The application deadline is 21 January 2019. 
For full details and to apply, see the British Council Scotland website


Literary translation

The EU's new Creative Europe programme offers funding opportunities for the translation of European fiction. The maximum grant available is €100,000, for the translation of 3 to 10 books. For more information and to apply, see the CreativeEuropeDeskUK website.


Creative Europe Desk UK - Scotland

Creative Europe commitments and Brexit: see latest guidance.

Creative Europe is the European Union's programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors. From 2014-2020, €1.46 billion is available to support European projects with the potential to travel, reach new audiences and encourage skill sharing and development.

Creative Europe Desk UK promotes awareness and understanding of Creative Europe, and provides free advice and support for applicants from the UK.  It does this by email, over the phone, through Twitter and Facebook as well as through events, either run by it or in cooperation with other organisations. You can attend one of their workshops, seminars and networking events, or get in touch be phone or by email to discuss your ideas and get application advice, The Creative Europe Desk UK website has details of the latest news, events and funding. Kate Deans is the Culture sub-programme specialist in Scotland. She is based in Edinburgh, within Creative Scotland, and travels across Scotland to deliver events.

Kate Deans, Creative Europe Desk UK - Scotland, Culture Officer
Tel: +44 330 333 2000  Direct tel: +44 131 523 0072


Creative Europe statement from newsletter of 3 April 2019

As the UK did not leave the EU on 29 March as expected, UK organisations are currently still eligible to participate in Creative Europe. Advice to UK applicants is to get in touch if you are considering an application. The next deadline for Literary Translation is likely to be in mid-June and the deadline for Cooperation Projects will be in the autumn.

In the event of 'no deal'
Following the UK Parliament's third rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement on Friday, the UK now has to put forward alternative proposals to the EU before 12 April or leave without a deal.
UK creative, cultural and heritage organisations would cease to be eligible for Creative Europe in the event of a 'no-deal' scenario.
The European Commission has published contingency measures that would enable the EU, in a 'no-deal' scenario, to continue making payments in 2019 to UK beneficiaries.

The HMG guarantee

Additional information has recently been published by DCMS explaining how a proposed HMG guarantee would be implemented in a 'no deal' scenario for current beneficiaries. The guarantee would cover outstanding payments to direct UK beneficiaries of funded projects selected before the leave date.

If you are a beneficiary with an active project supported by the Culture sub-programme and you haven't already registered with DCMS then we encourage you to do so. Likewise, if you have submitted an application that is currently being evaluated you are also encouraged to email their team.


Horizon 2020

Horizon2020 supports research and innovation in many sectors. Horizon2020 has an overall budget of around €80 billion for the period of 2014 to 2020. As well as research institutions, it also targets SMEs to help them meet their innovation needs. Horizon2020 is designed to support small and simple research projects which are close to the market and which focus primarily on innovation. The section of the overall programme intended to foster collaboration between European creative industries goes under the title ICT - Content technologies and information management.

For reference documents for Horizon2020, see the EC Research and Innovation Participant Portal.



The EU is now running a new programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises - otherwise known as COSME. The purpose of this is to ease access to credit for SMEs, improving access to markets inside and outside Europe and creating a favourable environment for the work of SMEs. COSME will provide the following kind of support:

  • Loan guarantees for SMEs, which otherwise find it difficult to obtain loans through the banking system
  • Provision of capital for risk-capital funds that bolster investments by SMEs during their growth stage
  • Provision of practical information and other services, free of charge, to companies looking for partners, funding, or information on new markets, EU programmes and legislation
  • Benchmarking activities and the completion of studies to improve the level of understanding and the standard of monitoring of industrial sectors in European or at the global level, or of SME-related policies in Europe.

The expected total budget for the seven-year period of COSME (2014-2020) is €2.3 billion. More information on COSME can be found at the Access to Finance site on the Europa website or at the Enterprise Europe Network.