|In a deal scenario, the UK will leave the EU on terms agreed by both parties. This agreement will set out the nature of UK/EU collaboration immediately after Brexit, as well as setting the terms for negotiations about the longer term relationship. Creative Europe and other EU funding programmes are expected to be a part of any such agreement.
In the event of a no-deal the Chancellor announced in August and October 2016 that the government will guarantee EU projects agreed before we leave the EU, to provide more certainty for UK organisations over the course of EU Exit. In July 2018, the Chief Secretary laid a Written Ministerial Statement extending this guarantee. If there’s no Brexit deal, the government has guaranteed to:
- cover the payment of awards where UK organisations successfully bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis while we remain in the EU (ie before Exit day), for the lifetime of the project
- cover the payment of awards where UK organisations successfully bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis to participate as a third country after Exit, and until the end of 2020, for the lifetime of the project
Successful bids are those that are approved directly by the European Commission, or the relevant EU agency acting on its behalf.
If there’s no Brexit deal the continued participation in programmes is likely to require the agreement of the EU.
The UK government guarantee does not cover funding committed to partners and participants in other Member States and other participating countries. This includes projects where a UK organisation is the lead member of a consortium. Any funding it distributes to non-UK associated beneficiaries are not covered by the guarantee.
As part of a ‘final set’ of no deal contingency measures published on 30 January 2019, the Commission proposed a draft regulation that would allow the UK to continue participating in EU programmes, in return for continuing to contribute to the 2019 budget as if a Member State. The government is currently analysing this proposal.
If you currently receive funding through the EU funded programmes overseen by DCMS, Creative Europe or Europe for Citizens, and have not yet provided DCMS with details of your grant, register each project with us as soon as possible by:
This email address and form will remain open after the UK leaves the EU so that UK applicants can continue to register their projects with DCMS.
For other programmes, including the European Social Fund, more information about the guarantee and funding is available in the technical notice on EU funded programmes. This includes the lead department and contact point for each individual EU programme.