The third of our ACE Creative bootcamps focussed on providing entrepreneurs and SMEs with insights into European Public Funding for Creative Industry SMEs. In partnership with European Centre for Creative Economy (ecce), the bootcamp was held at Unperfekthaus in Essen and hosted by Sabine Bornemann, Head of Creative Europe Desk, Kultur Germany, we had over 30 participants join us in an intense session discussing the ins-and-outs of applying for funding within the different frameworks provided by the European Commission.
Sabine Bornemann guided participants through what funds are available through the European Union and the roles of public organisations in assisting creative SMEs seeking funding.
Creative Europe Desks provide an important role as a central point for cultural and creative actors, to assist and inform on a national level. They provide information about the frameworks available and can assist with applications for these frameworks. Furthermore the Cultural Desks provide a platform for networking and exchange on an EU level.
In addition she highlighted the important factors that the review board take into consideration when assessing an application. Factors such and the impact on employment (Capacity building), education and research to name a few, play a crucial role in determining how successful an application will be. With her extensive knowledge and experience, Sabine provided the group with tips when writing their applications and areas where particular attention should be paid to increase the likelihood of a successful application.
To put the knowledge to use and to apply the lessons from the workshop, participants were divided into groups and challenged to create a theoretical application which they would present at the end of the session; the eligibility of which Sabine would assess and provide feedback. A great way to practice and exercise for an actual application.