Allison Le Corre
December 11, 2023
Do you have a project focused on energy communities, positive energy districts or digital transformation in your city? Then don’t miss the opportunity to apply for the Scalable Cities Action Grant before January 31st, 2024! This grant aims to support the replication of successful initiatives from Smart Cities and Communities projects, fostering local transitions towards climate neutrality.
Under the current call, cities can use the grant to support, promote and set up energy communities, initiate the development of positive energy districts (PED), or accelerate the digitalisation of the energy sector in their cities.
The total funding available for this call is EUR 395,000, with a maximum grant amount of EUR 50,000 per project. The deadline for proposals is from 1st November to 31st January 2024.
The Scalable Cities Action Grant provides financial support for cities and ad-hoc partnerships aiming to replicate successful measures from Scalable Cities’ projects, facilitating the transition to climate neutrality. Collaborating with the European Commission and CINEA, Scalable Cities aims to deploy wide-scale, innovative solutions in energy, transport, and ICT, spurring significant economic investment.
Organised into four calls for proposals, the grant targets cities and related partners, including local energy agencies, construction agencies, civil society organizations, and research institutes from completed Horizon 2020 SCC01 Lighthouse projects or external cities interested in replicating specific actions from Scalable Cities projects.
Cities that secured funding in previous rounds provide inspiration and tangible examples of what can be achieved. Brussels, Belgium, used their grant to develop a Digital Twin, while Las Rozas and La Rinconada in Spain focused on supporting the energy transition through the Data for Decarbonisation project.
Projects like Liepaja Smart City Roadmap in Latvia enabled the city to establish a transformative mentorship, share knowledge and collaborate with the city of Valencia. Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain engaged in a multi-actor approach, helping them become part of the Net Zero and Climate Change Adaptation Missions through the Klima Gasteiz project. And Padova, Italy, embarked on the +PADOVAxChange initiative, focusing on Urban Digital Twins for Net Zero Roadmaps.
The Scalable Cities Action Grant has proven to be a catalyst for positive change, with the first and second rounds funding projects ranging from innovative governance strategies to systemic governance changes and investment cases for replicating urban sharing platforms.
Don’t miss your chance: apply for the Scalable Cities Action Grant before January 31st!