Affordable Housing Cross-sectoral Partnership


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Single Market Programme (SMP) (2021-2027)

Programme Description

The Single Market Programme (SMP) covers the single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics. Specifically, the programme brings together aspects in order to streamline, exploit synergies and provide a better flexible, transparent, simplified and agile framework to finance activities aiming at a well-functioning sustainable internal market.

Programme Details

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Affordable Housing Cross-sectoral Partnership


This action will contribute in particular to the green and digital transition of the construction and proximity and social economy industrial ecosystems. It will provide SMEs and relevant stakeholders from these ecosystems with opportunities to participate in lighthouse renovation projects for existing building stock.

Detailed Call Description

Expected results:

  • Engage 35 new social and affordable housing districts in this project that are committed to providing opportunities to SMEs and other relevant stakeholders to participate in their renovation projects.
  • Provide support and capacity building to 2000 SMEs in the construction ecosystem (including housing industries), proximity and social economy ecosystem that are directly and indirectly involved in the renovation process of the districts.
  • Support newly created project pipelines building on collaboration between SMEs and social and affordable housing sector (e.g. through public-private partnerships).
  • Support SMEs providing Green, Digital and Social Service technologies adaptable for social/affordable housing sector applications (e.g. improving accessibility).
  • Set-up of an efficient replication method (through blueprints) for the renovation of new lighthouse districts considering financial, regulatory, technical and participatory elements.
  • Accelerate the twin (green and digital) transition of SMEs active in housing both in the construction ecosystem and in the proximity and social economy ecosystem, but also in the creative industries and renewable energy ecosystems. As depicted in the Flash Eurobarometer 498 on SMEs, green markets and resource efficiency of March 2022, 89% of SMEs are taking measures to be more resource-efficient although significant work remains to be done, notably in the proximity and social economy ecosystem.
  • Accelerate the use of the newest technologies related to renovation and make these accessible for local SME’s from a skills and investment point of view.

The concept of ‘lighthouse districts’ provides significant opportunities to exchange expertise across the EU that will benefit directly and indirectly SMEs in different industrial ecosystems.

A first call (SMP-COSME-2021-HOUS) targeted a preparatory approach to identify and support SMEs in the different stages of local district renovations. Key steps in the project development are identified and to be followed by tailored support (i.e. from design to construction, including technical, financial and regulatory aspects), each translated into guiding blueprints and mentor programmes to support and to further engage SMEs in large social and affordable housing renovation projects.

As a reference, under the first phase of the action, 20 lighthouse districts are being supported.

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Thematic Categories

  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Information Technology
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
    • non-EU countries:
      • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Single Market Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries).

Consortium composition
Proposals must be presented by consortia composed of at least four and maximum six partners (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which comply with the following conditions:

  • at least 3 consortium partners must each have members established in and/or must represent at least 10 different eligible countries;
  • at least 1 consortium partner must be (or have members) operating within the social housing sector (e.g. housing associations, housing cooperatives, social housing providers, social housing provider representative organisations or federations).
  • at least 1 consortium partner must be (or have members) operating within the construction sector.
  • at least 1 consortium partner must be (or have members) specialised in smart energy efficient and saving solutions, district heating/cooling, thermal energy system substitution
  • at least 1 consortium partner must be (or have members) operating within the renewable energy sector
  • at least 1 consortium partner must be a financial institution46 or representative of financial institutions, financial advisory services, investment funds. This partner must have members established in and/or represent and/or operate in at least 5 different eligible countries. If more than one of such financial entities participates in the consortium, this requirement applies to all of them together.

The same consortium partner organisation (beneficiary; not affiliated) can fulfil more than one of the above requirements.

Under this action the Commission will support a European level cross-sectorial partnership (consortium), which will act as a central coordination, networking and capacity building hub between the lighthouse districts and SMEs active at local/regional level. This consortium will enhance and facilitate local public-private partnerships and SME engagement in the lighthouse renovation districts as a lever to boost their green, technological, and economic potential.

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National Contact Point(s)

Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry
Industry and Technology Service
1421, Nicosia, Cyprus

Contact Person:
Spyros Triantaphyllidis
Telephone: 22867333

EU Contact Point

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