The ECF grant scheme supports independent cultural projects by small- to medium-sized organisations. There is a particular emphasis on projects which explore ways of improving our understanding of the role that culture can play in shared identity and citizenship. The ECF also supports programmes with a proactive approach to explore and invest in specific cultural areas and to stimulate practitioners working in these fields. The three areas are: Arts, Media and Mobility.
Over the three years 2006-2008, the ECF is focusing on the experience of diversity and the power of culture, the main themes being: artists exploring diversity, and how can migrants contribute to creativity in Europe, addressing the diversity issues both from within and outside of the European Union.
LabforCulture, which was initiated by the European Cultural Foundation together with numerous partners, went online in 2006. It provides a vast source of current information and debate on European cultural co-operation, from case studies and inspiring stories of trans-border collaboration to the latest online cultural news and newsletters.