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Culture and Creativity

Digital Innovation Hubs help companies take advantage of digital opportunities to improve their processes and products with a view to enhance their competitiveness. EU funding will be made available for hubs that are already (or will be) supported by their Member States (or regions), in order to increase the impact of public funding. The Digital Europe Programme will increase the capacities of the selected hubs to cover activities with a clear European added value, based on networking the hubs and promoting the transfer of expertise.

S+T+ARTS is a platform that aims to linking technology and artistic practice more closely in order to address the Europe’s social, environmental and economic challenges facing Europe. It supports the development of more creative, inclusive and sustainable technologies through the collaboration between artists, scientists, engineers and researchers. It is centred around the idea that art, science and technology can benefit with the from sharing of perspectives and opening up new pathways for research and business.

Through its different pillars, S+T+ARTS offers:

Startup Europe is an initiative connecting high tech startups, scaleups, investors, accelerators, corporate networks, universities and the media to accelerate growth of the European startup scene. It is supported by a portfolio of EU funded projects and policy actions.

The WORTH Partnership Project supports creative sector SMEs to collaborate transnationally with a view to develop innovative design-driven products by stimulating exchange and partnership between creatives, designers, manufacturers, crafters and technology firms. It is based on key principles such as quality of experience, including style and aesthetics, healthy and safe living environments, sustainability and circularity as well as inclusion, accessibility and affordability. Launched in 2021, WORTH II follows the success of the first edition (2017-2021).

Culture Moves Europe, is the new permanent mobility scheme funded by the Creative Europe Programme. It aims to foster sustainable and inclusive mobility in the cultural sector and will give particular attention to emerging artists. The scheme follows the successful I-Portunus pilot project and will award around 7000 mobility grants between October 2022 and June 2025.

AMIF has a specific focus on early-integration measures, with a possibility for higher than standard co-financing rate for local and regional authorities, and civil society. The new programme predominantly focuses on early stages of integration and the overall aims are the following:

Projects promote mobility activities for:

  • Learners: pupils, students, trainees, apprentices, young people, adult learners;
  • Staff: professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers, and people working in organisations active in the education, training and youth fields;

Projects mainly aim to support learners in the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes, including language competences.

The LIFE Clean Energy Transition sub-programme supports the transition towards an energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and -resilient economy. It provides funding for coordination and support actions that have high EU added-value, which are targeted at breaking market barriers that hamper the socio-economic transition to sustainable energy. Projects will typically engage multiple small and medium-sized stakeholders, multiple actors including local and regional public authorities and non-profit organisations, as well as consumers.

The LIFE programme co-finances projects in the areas of: • urban adaptation and land-use planning; • the resilience of infrastructure; • the sustainable management of water in drought-prone areas; • flood and coastal management • resilience of the agricultural, forestry and tourism sectors; • support to the EU's outermost regions in their preparedness for extreme weather events, notably in coastal areas. The programme provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to increase resilience to climate change.

A Solidarity Project is a non-profit solidarity activity initiated, developed and implemented by young people themselves for a period from 2 to 12 months. A project involves a group of minimum of five young people to focus on a clearly identified topic which they will explore through daily activities that involve all the members of the group. Solidarity Projects address key challenges within the communities, where relevant including those identified jointly in the border regions and it should also provide clear European added value.

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