The first call for applications will be open from 25 May until 2 October (2020).
The initial duration of the call (2 months) has been extended due to the extraordinary circumstances resulting from Covid-19 outbreak.
The European City Facility (EUCF) aims to support municipalities and local authorities in developing Investment Concepts (IC) 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.
The EUCF finances with a fixed grant of EUR 60,000 the development of an Investment Concept.
The EUCF is open to all municipalities/local authorities and their groupings from the EU-27 and UK. Applicants require a politically approved climate and sustainable energy plan. This includes SEAPs (Sustainable Energy Action Plan)/SECAPs (Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan), developed within the Covenant of Mayors framework, or plans of similar ambition with climate and energy targets at least for the year 2020.
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 by submitting two simple monitoring forms on key figures.
WHAT CAN BE FINANCED
The EUCF finances activities, such as (technical) feasibility studies, market analysis, stakeholder analysis, legal, economic and financial analysis, risk analysis, 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.
Applications are evaluated based on 5 evaluation criteria:
1. Investment size;
2. Energy savings;
3. Governance structure;
4. Stakeholder engagement;
5. Alignment with EUCF objectives.
Please find the full details to the evaluation process in the Guidelines for applicants.
ADVANTAGES OF JOINT APPLICATIONS
In line with the EUCF objectives, local authorities/municipalities are strongly encouraged to join forces and resources and submit joint applications, in order to increase the ambition of the proposal and increase the chances of success. You want to apply as a grouping? Check our web site and see what you should consider when applying as a grouping.
FURTHER INFORMATION, SUPPORT and FAQs
Download the Call Document here.
Please read the Guidelines for Applicants and the FAQs on the EUCF website, before applying.
For specific queries, please contact the EUCF Helpdesk or the Country Expert, responsible for your region.