Horizon 2020, LIFE
2019 - 2027
Municipalities, local authorities and local public entities have a tremendous potential to build comprehensive sustainable investment programmes. They can also play a key role in pooling smaller projects into larger investment portfolios and in mobilising the significant financial resources required for the energy transition.
Orginally set up under the EU’s Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, and now funded by the EU’s LIFE Programme, the EUCF unlocks this local potential and support municipalities, local authorities, their groupings and local public entities aggregating municipalities/local authorities in Europe with tailor-made, fast and simplified financial support (in the form of EUR 60,000 lump sums) and related services to enable them to develop relevant investment concepts related to the implementation of actions identified in their climate and energy action plans.
Successful applicants to the EUCF have used the lump sum to develop their investment concepts, which represents an initial step towards a fully-fledged business and financial plan. The ultimate objective is to build a substantial pipeline of sustainable energy investment projects across Europe and to inspire other local authorities and public entities to develop bankable investment concepts.
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