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The Europe Challenge

In short


Annual programme for libraries and their communities to design, test and deliver solutions to local problems that can benefit all of Europe.


Across Europe.


This year, the Europe Challenge 2024 Open Call is open from 5 September – 16 October 2023. The open call is announced here.

This edition runs from January to September 2024.

Who is it for

Libraries & their local communities. Examples of current participants: a Scottish prison library, a Bulgarian library working with Ukrainian refugees, a Greek comics library exploring ‘bibliotherapy’ to tackle loneliness and mental ill health.

The Europe Challenge addresses some of Europe’s most pressing challenges by working with libraries and their communities across Europe.

We launched the European Challenge in 2020 to offer support, resources and funding to libraries and communities – to help explore how people can meet, live together and work in the Europe of today.

‘Sense of Belonging’ showcases the 39 initiatives created during the Europe Challenge between 2021 and 2023, and tells the back-story: why and how the programme was conceived.

What is the Europe Challenge?

Your library and community of choice are invited to apply for the third edition of the Europe Challenge 2024: Libraries, Communities and Democracy and be part of a unique growing network of European libraries that work together to enhance democratic participation and social and environmental wellbeing through citizen-led local change.

The Europe Challenge is an annual programme that brings together teams from libraries and communities across Europe to address social isolation, inequality, disinformation, climate crises and other local challenges by developing, sharing and implementing creative solutions with support from the European Cultural Foundation and its partners.

Inviting partners & funders

The Europe Challenge is initiated by  the European Cultural Foundation and supported by Fondazione Cariplo, the Scottish Libraries and Information Council, and public funding by Arts Council England. The programme delivery partners are ChangencyOBA and Public Libraries 2030.

Are you a municipality, local or regional public institution or foundation, and do you support citizen-led change in your local area?

Then join us in growing and scaling the impact of the Europe Challenge locally and across Europe. Get in touch with us to discuss opportunities for collaboration at

Get in touch

If you have any questions about The Europe Challenge, please contact Inka Jelinek Jurkova, Programme Coordinator.

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