Call for proposals - European Creative Districts 34/G/ENT/PPA/12/6483 Closed!


This call for proposals shall support two large-scale demonstrators, “European Creative Districts” that aim at demonstrating the transformative power of creative industries for the rejuvenation of traditional industrial regions.

The “European Creative Districts” will support traditional industrial regions in their transition from a traditional economy with strong “heritage” value and cultural identity to a sustainable and innovative economy. This notably includes the promotion of all forms of creativity and the better use of service innovation and creative industries to stimulate structural change for cultural, craft and manufacturing-based industry. In this respect, the “European Creative Districts” should, on the one hand, address the specific needs of innovative creative industries companies to strengthen their capacity to innovate and grow and, on the other hand, stimulate the demand for their services by companies or organisations from other sectors with a view to boosting the role of creative industries as a catalyst for regional development.


  • A “European Creative District” will consist of a number of combined activities with the objective of demonstrating the role service innovation and creative industries can play in order for a traditional industrial region and its industries to transform themselves and to maintain or gain a strong position in global value chains, such as by adding value through design, creativity and from cross-sectoral cooperation In this way it shall support the modernisation of traditional industrial sectors and facilitate structural change for cultural, crafts and manufacturing-based industry towards a modern economy.
  • The “European Creative District” shall encourage activities with a strong and visible impact. It shall be based on a holistic approach that brings together a large number of regional innovation actors to create a favourable eco-system for service innovation and creative industries. Regional governments and business communities are thus called upon to create supportive technical infrastructures and business conditions that facilitate service innovation, in particular through creative industries, and thus enhance their role in the localeconomy, including their spill-over effects on other industries in the region.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 1,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 04 May 2012 - 9 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche 34/G/ENT/PPA/12/6483 (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Public authorities (all)

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries

Directorate-Generale responsible


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