STEP Beyond Travel grants fund up and coming artists and cultural workers – giving priority to individuals up to 35 years and/or in the first 10 years of their career – to travel between EU and countries bordering the EU.
Since 2003, STEP – which stands for ‘Supporting Travel for European Partnerships’ – Beyond Travel Grants have supported the movement of hundreds of people across European borders. In 2011, 261 individual were awarded travel grants of between €250 and €700.
By applying for the STEP Beyond Travel Grant, you are automatically joining ECF Labs: our online community of individuals in the field of arts and culture from Europe and beyond. Being part of this community enables you to share information about your projects and activities by posting blogs and photographs.
- Artist or cultural worker of any contemporary artistic or cultural discipline (individual or representing a cultural or artistic independent organisation)
- Based in Europe or in its neighbourhood. Relevant countries are: Albania, Andorra, Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM), Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, The Netherlands, Norway, Palestinian Territories, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
ECF prioritises support for up-and-coming artists and cultural professionals who have not yet had many opportunities to travel and are not yet established. Therefore individuals aged between 18 and 35 (and/or those in the first ten years of a professional career in their relevant field are more likely to be considered.
Individuals fitting the profile above whose travels correspond with the following types of travel objectives are more likely to be supported:− attending a networking meeting, festival or conference for the first time to expand professional networks;− setting up new cross-border partnerships for upcoming projects (especially in preparation/development phase). Experimental cross-sectoral partnerships are particularly welcome;− engaging in the local arts and culture scene, followed by knowledge sharing with peers at local and/or international level;− in exceptional cases we will also support attendance to capacity development training (such as workshops, talent development programmes, etc.)