Financial and other support


Council of Europeshow-more-icon

Council of Europe

Cultural Policy and Action Department

“Mosaic” Project

Directorate of Culture & Cultural Heritage, Council of Europe, FranceTel. + +
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European Commission

There is an enormous range of possible contact points and funding sources inside the European institutions, depending on the nature of the project. In general, funding will be available either under the cultural funding instrument known as Culture 2000, or under one of a number of funding streams which are open to culture, although not-specifically directed to arts organisations (such as rural development, environment, social affairs or employment etc.). It is advisable to contact first the European Commission office in your area, second your local representative in Brussels to get a better overview of the current funding opportunities and third the Commission direct.

European Commission 200 Rue de la Loi 1049 Brussels Belgium


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation was founded in 1945. The headquarters is in Paris France and it has over 70 units worldwide. Applications for funding must come from the member states, via their national commission. Other than funding, however, UNESCO is an invaluable source of information much of which is easily accessible via their comprehensive site.

Place de Fontenoy 75351 Paris 07 SPTel. +33 1 45 68 10 00Faks. +33 1 45 67 16 90

International Funds

UNESCO Culture Sector has a number of international funds through its conventions and programs to promote culture, preserve cultural heritage and promote creativity. Each fund has its own rules for obtaining support and accepting applications. Funded activities contribute to positive change for local communities and developing countries and sustainable socio-economic development. UNESCO appreciates the extra contributions made by member states, individuals and any private sector.

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)show-more-icon

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)

2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions IFCD supports the implementation of activities decided by the Intergovernmental Committee to encourage the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector in developing countries, which joined this Convention.

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The Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund

2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage supports the activities for the protection of intangible cultural heritage, as defined in the 2003 Convention.

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World Heritage Fund

1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage The World Heritage Fund supports the activities identified by the World Heritage Committee in the field of international assistance, conservation and nominations to assist Member States that have ratified the 1972 Convention.

Fund of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation show-more-icon

Fund of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation

1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property The Fund supports Member States in their efforts to return or restore cultural property and to effectively combat the smuggling of cultural property.

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The Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict The Fund provides financial assistance for necessary preparations in peacetime, as well as for the protection of cultural property in armed conflict, in accordance with the procedure established by the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

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The Heritage Emergency Fund

The Fund works to assist Member States in protecting their cultural heritage in the event of emergencies, natural disasters and conflicts.

International networks and platforms

One of the most interesting phenomenon of recent years has been the development of arts and cultural networks, where organisations with similar concerns and issues have joined together to swap ideas, gather information and build good practice. There are very many of these now in existence and only a few can be mentioned here. You may consider joining such networks if appropriate, and in any case they will be a good source of information and ideas. The following organisations are a good starting place for general information, and their complete contact details have been given.

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“EUCLID International”

EUCLID International is a UK based commercial arts and cultural information agency which acts as the official UK Cultural Contact point. Euclid International produces research and a very useful information sheets called DICE on key cultural topics in Europe, including funding and training. Although a commercial agency, it does offer an extremely broad range of relevant information.

“Euclid International” agentliyi 1-ci mərtəbə 46 – 48 Mount Pleasant Liverpul L3 5SD Birləşmiş KrallıqTel. +44 151 709 2564Faks. +44 151 709 8647
EFAH (European Forum of Arts and Heritage)show-more-icon

EFAH (European Forum of Arts and Heritage)

EFAH is the principal cross-disciplinary network for the arts and culture in Europe. It plays an invaluable networking and information role, and maintains close links with the European Institutions.

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Europa Nostra

Europa Nostra, as the meeting place of Europe’s heritage and historic environment, was founded on 29 November 1963 in Paris. For over 50 years, it has celebrated, protected and lobbied for cultural heritage. Europa Nostra is today recognised as the most representative heritage organisation in Europe with members from over 40 countries.

Europa Nostra Langevoorhout 35 Aİ – HaaqaTel. +31 70 356 0333Faks. +31 70 361 7865
Forum of European Cultural Networks (INTERARTS) show-more-icon

Forum of European Cultural Networks (INTERARTS)

INTERARTS was founded in 1995. From its headquarters in Barcelona, INTERARTS carries out its international activity through and with an extensive network of partner organizations and professionals. We have offices in Lima, Peru and Pristina, Kosovo. INTERARTS operates in full and open competition systems.

Rambla Catalunya 81 Pral. E-08008 Barselona, İspaniyaTel. +34 93 487 70 22Faks. +34 93 487 26 44


Trans Europe Halles is one of the oldest and most dynamic cultural networks in Europe. It has been at the forefront of repurposing abandoned buildings for arts, culture and activism since 1983. It is based in Sweden and has 127 members in 36 different countries across Europe – from Spain to Ukraine.

c/o Mejeriet, Stora Sodergatan 64, SE -222 23 İsveç
IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting) show-more-icon

IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting)

IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts - is a network of over 450 performing arts organisations and individual members working in the contemporary performing arts worldwide: theatre, dance, circus, performance, interdisciplinary live art forms, new media. Its members include festivals, companies, producers, theatres, research and resource centers, universities and institutional bodies.

Meri Ann DeVlieq (Koordinator)

Fanni Bukerel (Əlaqələr üzrə əməkdaş)

Renat Papş (Administrator)

19 Sainctelette meydanı 1000 Brüssel - Belçika
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Mladiinfo International

Mladiinfo International was established in 2003 with the name Mladiinfo FEJS MK as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to help young people to fulfill their educational potential as they are challenged by many educational disadvantages caused by either personal, social, cultural or economic circumstances. As a logical result of this mission was the founding of the web portal , updated and supported by young local and European volunteers, with the goal to bring international opportunities: scholarships, internships, conferences, volunteering to students in Macedonia and all around the world.

Filip Filipovic 22, 1000 SkopyeTel. +389 2 520 98 90
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Youth Opportunities

It is the largest platform that provides free information and updates on scholarship programs, competitions, conferences, exchange programs, trainings and other opportunities for young people from all over the world.

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Opportunities for Youth

As an informative online portal, it provides regular updates on the necessary information and opportunities for young people and creative people. This portal provides updated information on educational opportunities, scholarship programs, grants, training and conferences, job and internship opportunities.



It is a portal that offers global student programs in real time on a single platform: It features updates on internships, volunteer programs and jobs, scholarships and exchange programs, as well as conferences, summer schools and competitions.

Website contacts

One important thing has changed in the past years, which makes research for fundraising much easier – the Internet. Most of the relevant information is now available electronically, whether this be corporate information, background and criteria from trusts, foundations and government grants, or indeed learning and educational tools for fundraising generally. Websites are also an excellent starting point for research but learning to use them takes time.

There are two kinds of website researches – specific and general. In a specific search, you will target the name or the website address and go to the site for a particular piece of information which you require. In a general search you may be using key words or phrases or using the net to develop a search environment, gather general information and pick up ideas along the way. This approach is often the most fruitful.

Below there are a list of some interesting websites which will provide you with both ideas and discussion materials in the field of fundraising, arts and the not for profit world. Every effort has been made to ensure that these are accurate and up to date, although some may have changed or been removed. Remember, these are only a beginning; as in all fundraising, the general, easily accessible information is being used by everyone. The most interesting leads and ideas are the ones that you discover and follow up yourself.


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