Sustainability Partnerships for SMEs adopting more sustainable practices


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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Sustainability Partnerships for SMEs adopting more sustainable practices


The general objective of this call for proposals is to harness the expertise of NGOs/CSOs to assist SMEs in their transition to more sustainable business models. This will be achieved by funding practical projects able to impact the environmental and/or social performance of the SMEs. This call builds on the mission of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and gives to interested EEN members an additional tool to assist SMEs in their transition to more sustainable business models. Therefore, the projects will be implemented by consortia coordinated by an active EEN member and composed of interested SMEs, interested NGOs/CSOs and other relevant partners. 

Detailed Call Description

The project must impact the business model of the partner SMEs with the support of the NGO/CSO and other relevant actors involved in the project proposal. In addition to coordinating the project, the EEN partner will need to ensure proper business/technical support and advice to the partner SMEs related to this call.

The specific objectives to be achieved through this call for proposals are the following:

  • Enhancing interaction and improving collaboration between small and mediumsized enterprises and NGOs/CSOs active in the same region;
  • Strengthening or improving the environmental and social performance of the partner SMEs;
  • Boosting capacity and knowledge on sustainable business models across SMEs;
  • Contributing to the promotion of the benefits of sustainable business models among SMEs

If successful, this project could be scaled up further to finance more projects/actions between SMEs and NGOs/CSOs.

The proposal is expected to address as a minimum all the work packages and all the type of activities (further details in the call document p.8-10 )
Work Package 1 (WP1) – Project management
Work Package 2 (WP2) – Implementation of sustainability support
Work Package 3 (WP3) – Promotion and community building

Call Total Budget


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


Thematic Categories

  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness

Eligibility for Participation

  • Large Enterprises
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • 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 COSME part of the Single Market Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.

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: 16/12/2021-for internal use only)

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