Culture is an invaluable resource for a positive future in Europe. The space where we understand how we can live together, understand our identities, and make it our home. We want to re-think and build Europe as an open, inclusive and democratic space.
The European Cultural Foundation nurtures a socially engaged and culturally rooted civil society across Europe. We are committed to making a tangible impact on civil society, citizen initiatives, public opinion and policy proposals, and combat the fragmenting forces jeopardising peace and social progress in Europe.
Advocacy is the groundwork for everything we do – creating a central position for culture and community participation at a local level and in EU policies. We support cultural changemakers and their projects through our grants, exchanges, online platforms and incubator programmes. We highlight stellar examples of culture as a force of positive change through the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture. We connect the local to the European, the grassroots to the policy, and facilitate collaboration.
For more than 60 years, the European Cultural Foundation has been catalysing change and connecting people through culture. From the local level to the European corridors of power, from the grassroots to the policymakers, we have been connecting cultural changemakers across Europe and beyond.
Our logo symbolises the point where roads cross and paths meet. It represents the birth of an idea, the starting point of a collaboration, the start of a new movement – the initialising spark that gives life to something new and exciting.