STEP is a travel grants programme initiated and managed by ECF with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo. STEP travel grants are designed for cultural practitioners to travel within and between the EU and EFTA (European Free Trade Association) and countries bordering the EU.
The STEP funding scheme emerged from previous mobility grant programmes such as STEP Beyond, Erasmus and APEXchanges.
Through this grants scheme, ECF funds emerging artists and cultural workers of 18 years old or older in 59 countries to explore and to exchange views, skills and inspiration, create long-lasting collaborations and to instigate a positive change in their communities. STEP supports all kinds of cross-border creativity - including music, visual art, theatre, dance, film, documentary, multimedia, design, photography, fashion and cultural capacity building.
When you apply, you become part of the ECF Labs, a digital meeting point for cultural change-makers. The deadline to apply is a minimum of 60 days before the departure date.
Please find additional information here.
The application form, guidelines and more information on the grant scheme can be found here.