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Funding Guide

The EIP-SCC Funding Guide aims to provide clear and practical information about the opportunities that European Funding Programmes offer to enhance the development of smart sustainable solutions both in cities and regions. It has been developed by the AC Business models in collaboration with the Covenant of Mayors and targets all the stakeholders in the smart cities arena.

This interactive tool gathers relevant information about the main European funding initiatives such as the European Structural Investment Funds, the European Investment Bank’s financial instruments and a number of programmes managed by the European Commission and Member States. By using the different filtering options, the user will be able to identify the most appropriate opportunities for their project ideas.

Title Total budget Amount per project Beneficiaries Focus areas Type of funding Co-funding rate Managing structure and coordination Further information
CIVITAS Activity Fund

NA

CIVITAS CAPITAL Activity fund (to set up networks for knowledge exchange, called ‘CIVINET’):  €6,000 (until September 2016)

- Local authorities
- Organisations such as transport operators, SMEs, universities and NGOs

- Sustainable Urban Mobility
- Integrated planning (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans)
- Urban freight logistics
- Demand management strategies (e.g. access restrictions, road pricing)
- Transport telematics
- Safety and security
- Clean fuels and vehicles

Grants 

N/A for this call (Since February 2016, average co-funding is 75%), new Activity Fund calls would open at a later stage

- CIVITAS Secretariat
- DG MOVE

Call information

Project examples

Catalogue of Pioneer cities and measures

FAQs

Cohesion Fund

63.4 B€

Variable

Local, regional and national authorities

Energy: use of renewable sources and efficiency
- Low carbon economy
- Climate change adaptation and risk prevention and management
- Environment protection and resource efficiency
- Sustainable transport
- Institutional capacity

- Grants
- Financial instruments: guarantees, loans, (quasi-) equity participation and other risk-bearing mechanisms, possibly with technical assistance support
- Indirect funding (e.g. loans, risk capital and seed funding)

Variable

National or Regional managing authorities
- DG REGIO

Guide to operational programmes

Project examples

Technical guidance energy renovation of buildings with Cohesion funding

Contact of Managing authorities

Common provisions regulations

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

Ca 3.3 B €

Variable

- Public authorities
- Private companies
- SME
- Private non-commercial organisations, NGOs

Trans-European networks in the fields of:
- Transport
- Energy
- Digital service

Grants

Innovative financial instruments (Guarantees and project bonds)

Innovation Action & Collaborative Support Action: 100%
Research & Innovation Action :70% (100% for non profit org.)

- INEA
- DG MOVE, DG ENER, DG CONNECT

INEA website

CEF transport

CEF Energy

CEF telecom

COSME

2.3 B€

Variable

- SMEs
- Local Authorities

- Improve SMEs access to finance
- Access to markets
- Framework conditions for enterprises
- Entrepreneurship and entrepreneur culture

- Grants

- Tenders

- Financial instruments: loans

Depending on the call: min. 60% max 90%

EASME

EASME webpage

Call information

Deep Green (PF4EE)

NA

Variable

- Pillar 1: Local/regional authorities and public bodies
- Pillar 2: Banks (Private Finance for Energy Efficiency, PF4EE)
- Pillar 3: ESCOs
- Pillar 4: Utilities

- Public/private building stocks
- Public lighting
- District heating and cooling networks,
- Urban transport (fleets, e-mobility, modal changes) in urban/sub-urban agglomerations
- Energy efficiency (investments in RES are eligible in combination with EE gains)

Financial instruments: low-cost long term loans, credit risk protection and enhanced lending expertise for EE

Variable

- EIB
- DG CLIMA

Application for local financial intermediaries

webpage PF4EE

Fact sheet PF4EE

EIB Municipal Framework Loans

NA

< €50 million

- Local/regional authorities > 75,000 inhabitants

- Urban roads and public transport

- Water and sewerage

- Solid waste

- Education

- Health facilities

- Social housing

- Public buildings

- Energy (e.g. EE in public buildings)

- Cultural and sports facilities

Loan for a programme of investments (3-5 years), not completely prepared at the time of signing

NA

EIB

Webpage to apply for a loan

Contact

ELENA EIB

NA

Variable

Local and regional authorities or other public bodies and a grouping of such bodies (legal entity with public service mission, controlled by a public authority and financed by more than 50% by public sources)

Energy efficiency in buildings or street lighting, integrated renewable energy sources in buildings (e.g. PV, solar thermal collectors and biomass). Sustainable district heating/cooling systems, CHP and RES.

Energy efficiency and integrated renewables in urban transport, sustainable freight logistics (until 31 December 2016).
Smart grids, ICT infrastructure for EE and inter-modal transport facilities

Technical assistance

Up to 90% of eligible costs

- EIB
- DG ENERGY / DG ECFIN

Webpage, including the List of funded projects, and application form, FAQ

 

Contact

ELENA KfW

NA

Variable

Local and regional authorities or other public bodies and a grouping of such bodies 

- Energy efficiency in public / private buildings and street lighting
- Integrated renewable Energy sources (RES)
- Energy efficiency and Integrated RES in urban transport including freight logistics in urban areas
- Local infrastructures for Energy efficiency
- Municipal waste-to-Energy projects

Technical assistance

Up to 90% of eligible costs

- KfW Banking Group
- DG ENERGY / DG ECFIN

Webpage

Contact

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

90.8 M€

Variable

- Local, regional and national authorities
- Social, cultural and educational institutions
- NGOs
- Companies, SMEs and associations

- Innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
- Sustainable farming, forest management and resource efficiency
- Low carbon economy
- Poverty and social inclusion

- Grants
- Financial instruments: guarantees, loans, (quasi-) equity participation and other risk-bearing mechanisms, possibly with technical assistance support

Variable

- National or Regional managing authorities

- DG REGIO

- DG AGRI

Project examples

National Ministries for Agriculture

Common provisions regulations

European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF)

NA

Variable

- Local regional authorities;
- Public and private entities acting on their behalf (i.e. utilities, public transportation providers, social housing associations)

- Energy Efficiency
- Renewable energy
- Clean Urban transport
(all projects need to have a municipal commitment, such as in the Covenant of Mayors). 

Loans, guarantees (forfeiting structure) and equity. 

NA

- European Commission

-EIB

-Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

-Deutsche Bank

Website

FAQ

Eligibility check

CSV