Funding Opportunities

This tool provides clear and practical information about opportunities of European funding for the enhancement and development of smart sustainable solutions for cities and regions. It covers European funding initiatives such as European Structural Investment Funds, the European Investment Bank’s financial instruments and a number of programmes managed by the European Commission and Member States.

 

Co-developed by the Business Models, Finance and Procurement Action Cluster and the Covenant of Mayors. Feedback is welcome.

 

H2020 Cross-Cutting activities

Country
Ukraine, France, Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria, Croatia
What am I?
City/Town/Region, SME, Large Company, Civil Society Organization, Academia
Sector / Activity
Energy, ICT, Infrastructure (Hard measures), Infrastructure (Soft measures), Environment, Citizen Engagement
Type of Instrument
Grant
Focus Areas

- Smart and Sustainable cities (  Smart cities and communities, SCC1, and sustainable cities through nature-based solutions, SCC2)
- Circular economy
- Internet of things

Beneficiaries

Legal entities established in a member state or an associated country.

Amount per Project

Depends on the call (see corresponding work programme)

Co-funding Rate

Research & Innovation actions: 100%
Coordination & Support actions: 100%
Innovation actions: 70% (except for non-profit legal entities, where a rate of 100% applies)

Managing Structure and Coordination

European Commission

Description

H2020 Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

Country
Austria, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Malta, Faroe Islands, Ukraine, Macedonia
What am I?
City/Town/Region, SME, Large Company, Civil Society Organization, Academia
Sector / Activity
Citizen Engagement
Type of Instrument
Grant
Focus Areas

- Co-creation for growth and inclusion
- Reversing inequalities and promoting fairness
- Engaging together globally
- Understanding Europe, promoting the European public and cultural space

Beneficiaries

Legal entities established in a member state or an associated country.

Amount per Project

Depends on the call (see corresponding work programme)

Co-funding Rate

Research & Innovation actions: 100%
Coordination & Support actions: 100%

Managing Structure and Coordination

European Commission

Description

H2020 Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy

Country
Austria, Finland, France, Estonia, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel
What am I?
City/Town/Region, SME, Large Company, Civil Society Organization, Academia
Sector / Activity
Energy, Infrastructure (Hard measures)
Type of Instrument
Grant, Technical assistance
Focus Areas

- Heating and Cooling (EE02)
- Engaging consumers towards sustainable energy (EE06, EE07, EE08, EE09)
- Buildings (EE10, EE11)
- Industry, services and products (EE15, EE18, EE19)
- Innovative financing for energy efficiency investments (EE22, EE23)

Beneficiaries

Legal entities established in a member state or an associated country.

Amount per Project

Depends on the call (see corresponding work programme)

Co-funding Rate

Research & Innovation actions: 100%
Coordination & Support actions: 100% in most cases (EE19 has a 35% co-funding rate)
Innovation actions: 70% (except for non-profit legal entities, where a rate of 100% applies)

Managing Structure and Coordination

European Commission

Description

H2020 Smart, Green and Integrated Transport

Country
Moldova, Turkey, Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Spain
What am I?
City/Town/Region, SME, Large Company, Civil Society Organization, Academia
Sector / Activity
Mobility, ICT, Infrastructure (Hard measures), Infrastructure (Soft measures), Environment
Type of Instrument
Grant
Focus Areas

Areas addressing cross-modal and/or transport integration specific challenge
- Safety
- Urban
- Logistics
- Intelligent Transport Systems
- Infrastructure

Cross-cutting issues
- Socio-economic and behavioural research and forward-looking activities for policy making

Beneficiaries

Legal entities established in a member state or an associated country.

Amount per Project

Depends on the call (see corresponding work programme)

Co-funding Rate

Research & Innovation actions: 100%
Coordination & Support actions: 100%
Innovation actions: 70% (except for non-profit legal entities, where a rate of 100% applies)

Managing Structure and Coordination

European Commission

Description

INTERREG EUROPE

Country
Norway, Switzerland
What am I?
City/Town/Region, Civil Society Organization, Academia
Sector / Activity
Cross-sectoral, Energy, Mobility, ICT, Environment, Citizen Engagement
Type of Instrument
Grant, Technical assistance
Focus Areas

- Research & innovation
- Competiveness of SMEs
- Low carbon economy
- Environment and resource efficency

Beneficiaries

-Municipal institutions and administrative bodies
- Social, cultural and educational institutions
- NGOs
- Companies, SMEs and associations

Amount per Project

Depends on the interregional cooperation of your region.

Co-funding Rate

85%

Managing Structure and Coordination

Conseil Régional Nord – Pas-de-Calais

Interreg Europe joint secretariat

DG REGIO

Description

JASPERS

Country
Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia
What am I?
City/Town/Region, SME, Large Company, Civil Society Organization, Academia
Sector / Activity
Energy, Mobility, Infrastructure (Hard measures)
Type of Instrument
Technical assistance
Focus Areas

- Infrastructure: roads, rails, air and maritime transport
- Water and waste water
- Energy and solid waste
- Smart development
- Networking and Competence Centre
- Independent quality review

Beneficiaries

Local, regional, national authorities or other entities with public interest

Amount per Project

Only for projects with total cost  exceeding €50 m (environmental projects) and €75 m for transport and the other sectors 

Co-funding Rate
Managing Structure and Coordination

-.EIB

- ERBD

- DG Regional and Urban unit. 

Further Information

Website

Public authorities should contact the Managing Authorities.

 

Description

LIFE

Country
Poland, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania
What am I?
City/Town/Region, SME, Large Company, Civil Society Organization, Academia
Sector / Activity
Energy, Infrastructure (Soft measures), Environment
Type of Instrument
Grant
Focus Areas

- Environment & Resource Efficiency
- Nature & Biodiversity
- Environmental Governance & Information
- Climate Change Mitigation
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Climate Change Governance & Information 

Beneficiaries

- Public authorities
- SME
- Private non-commercial organisations

- NGOs

- Large Companies

Amount per Project

EU contribution: €500,000-€1.5 million; Beneficiaries: 1-5 (Traditional projects)
EU contribution: €8 million - €15 million; Beneficiaries: 2-10 (Integrated projects)

Co-funding Rate

2014-1017: 60%
2017-2020: 55%
Capacity building projects 2014-2020: 100%

Managing Structure and Coordination

2014-1017: 60%
2017-2020: 55%
Capacity building projects 2014-2020: 100%

Description

Multi Regional Assistance (MRA)

Country
Belgium
What am I?
City/Town/Region
Sector / Activity
Cross-sectoral
Type of Instrument
Technical assistance
Focus Areas

Supported activities will relate to the application to the European Structural and Investment Funds financial instruments

Beneficiaries

Member States and regions

Amount per Project

95% of the actual eligible costs

Co-funding Rate

95% of the actual eligible costs

Managing Structure and Coordination

FI-Compass

Further Information
Description

Natural Capital Financing Facility NCFF

Country
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
What am I?
City/Town/Region, SME, Large Company, Civil Society Organization, Academia
Sector / Activity
Energy, Mobility, Environment
Type of Instrument
Financial instrument
Focus Areas

- Nature and biodiversity (land, soil, water, waste, forestry, agriculture)
- Climate change adaptation

Beneficiaries

- Local and regional authorities
- Landowners
- NGOs
- Financial intermediaries 

Amount per Project

5 - 15 Million

Co-funding Rate

For financing: 75%

For equity: 33%

Managing Structure and Coordination

- EIB
- DG CLIMA

Description