Affordable Housing Initiative


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

Identifier Code



Affordable Housing Initiative


The present call seeks to provide support, capacity building and networking for local industrial partnerships, with the ambition to pilot 100 lighthouse renovation districts under the Affordable Housing Initiative. In order to achieve this, the call will set up one European Affordable Housing Consortium (hereafter ”the consortium”) which will facilitate the collaboration, networking, knowledge transfer and exchanges of best practices.


Detailed Call Description

The call will set up one European Affordable Housing Consortium to support SMEs, including social enterprises, to collaborate with public authorities and (social) housing providers, in order to implement renovation projects targeting social and affordable housing, to upskill and reskill and integrate the latest digital, environmental and social innovative solutions targeting social and affordable housing and district renovation, and identify technology needs and developments.
The consortium shall also disseminate successful projects and help identify opportunities and overcome challenges to renovation of social and affordable housing districts. It shall provide recommendations for sustainable financing, better regulation and standards to facilitate provision and renovation of social and affordable housing, which could build on previous recommendations and conclusions that were drawn by related European initiatives on housing and sustainable urban development, such as the Housing Partnership Action Plan under the Urban Agenda for the European Union.

The activities that can be funded under the present call are:

  • Awareness raising and promotion.
  • Organising knowledge transfer, capacity building and networking activities for local industrial partnerships.
  • Facilitating access to funding, financial and technical assistance to local industrial partnerships for implementing the 100 lighthouse districts
  • Develop blueprints for replication to deliver successful lighthouse districts.
  • Dissemination of results: blueprints and advice for sustainable financing, better regulation and standards.

 The consortium shall gather representatives of SMEs active in the sectors of social housing and construction, such as construction, electronics, renewables, housing associations and cooperatives, social rental agencies and companies, social services and healthcare, culture & creative industries together with representatives of public authorities, financial institutions and/or representatives of financial institutions.
Public private partnerships should be the core of the consortium.
Other organisations, such as scaling-up support organisations, such as technology centres, science parks, research institutes, fab labs, (digital) innovation hubs, creative hubs, social service providers and recognised architects, SME intermediaries, and social economy stakeholders, associations of tenants and residents, can also be part of the consortium. 

The duration of the selected project shall range between 24 and 36 months.


Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

The indirect cost flat-rate is 7% of the eligible direct costs.
The number of projects expected to be funded under the present call is 1.




Thematic Categories

  • Industry
  • Justice - Security

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Educational Institutions
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

The applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be established in EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)) or listed EEA countries and countries associated to the COSME part of 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). 

 In addition, each beneficiary must have members established in and/or represent at least 18 different eligible countries – with the exception of financial institutions, representatives of financial institutions, investors and investment funds. The latter must have members established in and/or represent and/or operate in at least five different eligible countries. If more than one of such financial entities participates in the consortium, this requirement applies to all of them together.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

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

Contact Person:
Spyros Triantaphyllidis
Telephone: 22867333

(Publish Date: 04/10/2021-for internal use only)

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(Publish Date: 04/08/2021, for internal use only)