The European City Facility (EUCF) is an EU initiative aimed at supporting municipalities and local authorities in developing concepts to accelerate investments in the field of renewable energy. Examples of possible themes are the making more sustainable of public, residential buildings and tertiary (non-municipal) buildings; development and use of building integrated renewables, district heating modernisation or fuel switch to renewables, smart grids, sustainable urban mobility (e.g., public transport, charging stations), innovative energy infrastructure (e.g., citizen energy communities, innovative approaches to public lighting, wastewater treatment plants). Activities may include (technical) feasibility studies, market analyses, stakeholder analyses, legal, economic and financial analyses, risk analyses, and coordination and organisational activities.
Who Can Apply?
- Municipalities, local authorities, and local public agencies
- Preference is given to cooperating authorities
Level of Grant
- It concerns a financial injection of €60,000 (lump sum) per application.
- Both the personnel costs of own staff and hiring of third parties are eligible for funding.
The Application Procedure
The application procedure starts with an eligibility check in which five points are assessed. The applicant:
- Belongs to the aforementioned target group;
- Is from an EU Member State, UK, Northern Ireland, or the EEA-EFTA states;
- Has a formally approved climate and energy plan (i.e., SEAP, SECAP, or similar);
- Has proven political support from the municipality or relevant political entity (e.g., in the form of a letter of support);
- Is willing to monitor the progress of the investment concept for at least 2 years after submission.
The actual application form consists of three parts:
- Formal identification of the applicant
- Description of the investment concept: incl. activities; budget; governance; and stakeholder engagement
- Implementation plan: incl. description of investment sectors; total size of investment; technical components; expected impacts; and replication and scaling-up potential.
- Round 1: closed
- Round 2: Applications can be made until 31 May 2021, 17.00 h.
- Round 3: October – November 2021
- Round 4: May – June 2022
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