EUCF 6th call for applications

Closed

Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION

Programme Description

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. After 22 years, €3.4 billion and 4.170 projects, the LIFE Programme continues to finance actions for the environment and climate action. For the 2021-2027 the total budget of the LIFE Programme is €5.4 billion.

Programme Details

Identifier Code

LIFE21-CET-EUCF-LIFE EUCF

Call

EUCF 6th call for applications

Summary

The European City Facility (EUCF) aims to support municipalities and local authorities in developing Investment Concepts related to the implementation of actions identified in their climate and energy action plans. The ultimate objective of the EUCF is to build a substantial pipeline of sustainable energy investment projects across municipalities in Europe.

Detailed Call Description

The EUCF finances activities, such as (technical) feasibility studies, market analyses, stakeholder analyses, legal, economic and financial analyses, risk analyses, etc., that are required to develop the investment concept. These activities can be delivered by in-house staff or subcontracted external experts. The grant cannot directly finance the actual investments, but it covers costs to mobilise resources and access services to develop an investment concept.

In line with the EUCF objectives, local authorities/municipalities are strongly encouraged to join forces and resources and submit joint applications, to increase the ambition of the application and increase the chances of success.

This call will support the development of 75 investment concepts in total.

Call Total Budget

€4.500.000

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

For the Southern Europe region (SE): Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, the budget is €1.560.000 and the number of Investment Concepts that will be financed is 26.
For the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia Ukraine, the budget is €1.800.000 and the number of Investment Concepts that will be financed is 30.
For the Nordic countries & Western Europe (NC&WE): Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden, the budget is €1.140.000 and the number of Investment Concepts that will be financed is 19.

The EUCF finances the development of an Investment Concept with a fixed grant of €60.000.

Thematic Categories

  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Investment Funds
  • Local Authorities
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

The EUCF is open to all municipalities/local authorities, their groupings, and local public entities aggregating municipalities/local authorities from the 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Ukraine. Applicants are required to have a climate and/or energy plan. This includes SECAPs (Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans), developed within the Covenant of Mayors initiative, or other climate and/or energy plans with mitigation targets. Moreover, applicants have to demonstrate political commitment to the development of the Investment Concept through a letter of support, signed by the Mayor or other relevant political representative. The applicant must commit to the EUCF monitoring period of two years after the final submission of the investment concept.

Call Opening Date

15/01/2024

Call Closing Date

15/03/2024

EU Contact Point

For specific queries, please contact the EUCF Helpdesk or the Country Expert responsible for your country.