New EU Funding Programmes

There are a number of funding opportunities that EU programmes offer to museums at every level. With the new EU funding cycle starting in 2021, we want to make sure that museums in Europe can benefit further from these opportunities.

What is it about?

Museums benefit from various EU funding programmes including:

  • Creative Europe dedicated to the culture, creative and audiovisual sector
  • Erasmus+ for learning opportunities
  • Horizon 2020 for research and innovation actions
  • Programmes grouped in the structural funds relevant to museums.

The current funding cycle 2014-2020 is coming to an end and negotiations for the new cycle of EU funding programmes are already in full swing. Budget proposals and priorities for the different programmes have been presented by the Commission and are currently under discussion.

What NEMO does

NEMO wants to ensure the best possible access for museums to the future EU funding programmes starting in 2021. Along with other organisations in the European culture sector, we are advocating for the future Creative Europe Programme to:

  • Double the budget to improve success rates and properly fund new actions introduced under the CULTURE strand.
  • Facilitate better access for micro-organisations to Creative Europe, as they make up 95% of the cultural and creative sectors.
  • Strengthen the cultural dimension of the programmes goals.
  • Simplify application and handling processes of the programme to allow better access for new players.
  • Include a mobility action for artists and cultural operators and an action for the professionalisation of the sector.
  • Increase the co-funding rate for co-operation projects, especially for small operators.

NEMO's actions

Report EU funding for Museums, Galleries & Archives

In order to improve understanding of the needs of the museum sector regarding access to and use of the EU funding programmes, NEMO has commissioned an analysis of museum participation in centralised EU funding programmes.

Read our report


Findings and Recommendations

Based on the findings, NEMO offers recommendations to EU policy makers on the one hand, and to national museum organisations and museums on the other hand, to help museums access EU funds more successfully.

Read our recommendations

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