National cultural organisations and programmes often focus on national interests or the promotion of arts abroad. In recent years trans-national organisations have emerged that do support European, bilateral or multilateral cooperation processes.
These organisations differ widely in their focus, aims, procedures and legal structures. Some are operational and develop own programmes, while others offer grants to individuals, organisations or projects.
In the following a selection of programmes is listed that are open for applications also for artists in Germany.
The European Cultural Foundation, based in Amsterdam, promotes cultural exchange and cooperation with a European character. It supports cultural policy development in Europe, advocacy actions, intercultural dialogue, research and capacity building. The foundation runs its own supporting programmes and awards grants to artists and organisations: grant schemes - Collaboration, Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture, STEP beyond mobility and Artistic grants;programme areas – mobility, arts and media.
Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes is one of the leading programmes for promoting mobility of young artists within Europe and beyond. In collaboration with national coordinators and local cultural workers, Pépinières offer several mobility programmes allowing artists to professionalise on the European and international scene.
The Fonds Roberto Cimetta in Paris promotes artistic exchange and the mobility of professionals in the field of contemporary performing arts and visual arts within the Mediterranean area. With the support of a number of partners, the Roberto Cimetta Fund has set up a programme for awarding individual travel grants. The programme is intended to operate simply and flexibly, selections are organised regularly (every 5 to 6 weeks). The travel grant programme is open for professionals in the Mediterranean; European professionals may apply for projects that have a strong Mediterranean connection.
The ARS BALTICA network has been connecting the Baltic Sea states through cultural collaboration since 1991. It aims at shaping a common Baltic Sea cultural policy, at developing regional co-operation in Europe as well as contacts and collaboration with regional networks.
Cultural projects realized by at least three partners from the Baltic Sea Region (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Germany, Denmark) are invited to join the network and to apply for the ARS BALTICA logo. The organising committee has no own budget to finance projects, but the committee members strive to raise funds for successful projects in different ways e.g. from national budgets, relevant institutions in charge of European programmes and other international bodies.
Felix Meritis is an independent European centre for art, culture and science and a national and international meeting place in Amsterdam. Following the idea ‘Connecting Cultures’, Felix Meritis has initiated several international projects: among others, Gulliver Connect is a flexible mobility and work placement programme in Europe, which promotes international co-operation among arts and cultural professionals. The programme is for young professionals who have 2 or 3 years working experience in the field of performing and visual arts, new media, project coordination and arts development or management. Each year the programme sends out calls for applications focusing on different countries/regions in Europe.
The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists promote the mobility of artists. In cooperation with partner institutions the programme offers residencies to young artists (between 25 and 35 years old) worldwide.
The Asia-Europe Foundation, based in Singapore, promotes mutual understanding between Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural and people-to-people exchanges. Through ASEF, civil society concerns are included as a vital component of deliberations of the ASEM. ASEF was established in February 1997 by the participating governments of ASEM.
In the field of arts and culture, it carries out work in different areas, ranging from cultural policy to artistic exchanges. Projects and activities allow people with different backgrounds to sustain a dialogue and to cooperate in the various fields of arts and culture.