Funding Partners

The origins of our European research alliance can be found in conversations at a workshop at the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr in Essen in June 2014. From those initial beginnings, we now have partners from at least half of the EU28; including Universities, individual researchers and funding bodies. We are delighted to be working in partnership on this scale across Europe. It reinforces the similarities of the challenges facing public investment in culture and, because of the international approach, it has extra value in reinforcing the interdisciplinarity and to some degree, the commonality of spillover effects from public investment in culture.

Find out more about our funding partners below and check out the members of our research alliance here.

Arts Council England


Arts Council England (ACE) champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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Arts Council of Ireland


The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts. It works in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.

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Creative England


As a not-for-profit organisation, Creative England cultivates the TV, film, games and digital industries so they continue to flourish. The organisation funds, connects, mentors, advocates, and collaborates at all levels of the industry – from small independents to large internationals – creating the right conditions for more success.

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Creative Scotland


Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.We distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.

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european centre for creative economy


The european centre for creative economy (ecce) stems from RUHR.2010 – the first European Capital of Culture that has come to accept the cultural and creative economy as an essential pillar of its programme and part of cultural diversity. ecce supports the creative economy and the development of creative locations and spaces in the region. A central part of the work of ecce is to organise debates on culture and the creative industries in the Ruhr region that are relevant across Europe.

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European Cultural Foundation


The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is an independent foundation based in the Netherlands, which has been operating across Europe since 1954. Over the past six decades, ECF has been striving towards an open, democratic and inclusive Europe in which culture is valued as a key contributor. We bridge people and democratic institutions by connecting local cultural change-makers and communities across wider Europe because we firmly believe that Europe and its neighborhood can be powered by culture. ECF supports creative collaborations that contribute to fostering democratic societies. We do this through grants, awards, programmes, advocacy, online platforms for knowledge exchange, and more.

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European Creative Business Network


The European Creative Business Network (ECBN) is a network of cultural and creative industries development agencies. They represent 19 board members and over 220 creative centres. As a non-profit Foundation, based in the Netherlands, their aim is to help creative entrepreneurs to do business and collaborate internationally. ECBN supports the project in-kind through financial administration, contracting and payments.

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