European Cultural Foundation

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The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is a Dutch foundation started in 1954. Its mission to "initiate and support cultural expression and interaction that empower people to realise a shared future in Europe".[1]


The European Cultural Foundation was set up in Geneva, in 1954, by the Swiss philosopher Denis de Rougemont.[2] The Foundation’s first President was one of the principal architects of the European Economic Community, (later the European Union), Robert Schuman.[citation needed]

The foundation has several European programmes including "Plan Europe 2000",[3] the European Commission’s educational programmes Erasmus (1987–95), Eurydice (1980–2001) and Tempus (1992–93) and the Cultural Policy Research Award (2004-2013, now administered by ENCATC). ECF has set up project initiatives such as East-West Parliamentary Practice Project and Art for Social Change.[citation needed] ECF is a registered charity and is funded by BankGiro Loterij and de Lotto in partnership with Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.[citation needed] It is a member of the Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation (NEF).[4]


ECF website


  1. ^ "About Us". European Cultural Foundation. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Björnberg, Ulla; European Cultural Foundation (1991). European parents in the 1990s: contradictions and comparisons. Transaction. p. ii. 
  3. ^ Elsevier, April 2002. Retrieved 12.10.10. Purchase required
  4. ^ "Network of European Foundations (NEF)" (PDF). Network of European Foundations (NEF). Oct 25, 2007. p. 5. Retrieved April 4, 2014.