In a nutshell

In order to receive funding from the EUCF, you must apply to become a beneficiary. 

The application process consists of two main steps:

1. Eligibility check

2. Full application

Be aware that applications have to be submitted in English language only, together with the supporting documents (except for the SEAP, SECAP or plan of similar ambition that can be provided in national language). The templates provided by the EUCF  must be used for the submission of the supporting documents which you can download here.

Regional Approach 

A total number of four calls for applications with cut off dates will take place. Each call is organized in parallel for three geographic regions covering the European Union, the UK and the EEA-EFTA States of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. 

Regions Countries
Central and Eastern Europe Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia
Nordic countries & Western Europe Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Southern Europe Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain.

Overall, each call for applications will be open for at least two months. The following timeline applies for the EUCF calls for applications:

Call for Applications Application period
1st call 25 May 2020 - 2 October 2020
2nd call 29 March 2021 – 31 May 2021
3rd call 15 October 2021 - 17 December 2021
4th call 9 June 2022 - 30 September 2022

The exact dates of the calls and any alterations regarding the opening and closing of application periods are published under the section Calls. The current Open call can be viewed here.

Be aware that you may benefit only once from the EUCF. However, unsuccessful applications may be revised and re-submitted in a following call for applications.

Evaluation Process

The evaluation of the EUCF applications is conducted after the close of each call for applications by a dedicated evaluation team. Each application is evaluated individually by at least two evaluators.  

At the document check, evaluators verify if all supporting documents have been submitted and contain the required content. In case of incomplete documents, the application is rejected, and the applicant receives an email notification from the EUCF website user zone. Applications are then evaluated based on five evaluation criteria: (A1) Investment size, (A2) Energy savings, (B1) Governance structure, (B2) Stakeholder engagement, and (B3) Alignment with EUCF objectives.

At the end of the evaluation process, each applicant is informed about the final result with corresponding feedback through a feedback report. The best scored applications are selected to receive EUCF support. Unsuccessful applications can seek support from the EUCF Helpdesk and are able to participate again in the next call for applications.

For more information on the evaluation process and criteria and filtering mechanism, please have a look at section 3 of the Guidelines for Applicants.

Timeline

Applicants undertake a 5 steps journey within the scope of the EUCF, from the pre-application phase towards the implementation of their investment concepts.

1.    Pre-application phase: Potential applicants are informed about the scope and the benefits of the EUCF through the EUCF website, promotional events at EU and national level and the EUCF webinars and info sessions.
2.     Application phase: The application process comprises two steps: i) the eligibility check and ii) the full application. Applications are submitted via the EUCF website user and evaluated by a dedicated team once the call for applications is closed.
3.    Grant Agreement phase: Selected applicants conclude the Grant Agreement to receive EUCF support. 70% of the lump sum is disbursed at the Grant Agreement signature.
4.    Development of the investment concept: Over a period of 12 months, EUCF beneficiaries develop investment concepts for the sustainable energy projects described in their application.
5.    Implementation of the investment concept: The investment concepts developed by EUCF beneficiaries are validated by a dedicated team. If they meet the quality criteria, beneficiaries received the remaining 30% of the grant and can proceed with the implementation of the project. EUCF beneficiaries commit to a monitoring period of 2 years.

Budget and regional approach

Within the scope of the EUCF, a total number of four calls for applications with cut off dates will take place. Each call is organised in parallel for three geographic regions covering the European Union, the EEA-EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and the UK, as displayed in the map below:

The EUCF project has over EUR 12 million to support its beneficiaries through the mechanism of Cascade Funding, also known as Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) of the Horizon 2020 Programme.

The competitive calls for application run in parallel in the 3 regions with different shares of the available budget. In all three regions, each EUCF beneficiary receives a lump sum of 60,000 EUR for the development of the investment concept.  During the first three EUCF calls for applications, the allocation of funding across the three regions resulted from a combination of the Cohesion Policy (2014-2020) and the population of the geographical region. For the fourth EUCF call, a different approach applies for the allocation of funding, considering not only the above-mentioned Cohesion Policy, but also the factor of demand of each region in the previous EUCF calls, based on the number of applications submitted during the first, second and third EUCF calls.

Budget available for each region per call in EUR Millions

Region Calls 1st call 2nd call 3rd call 4th call Overall
budget
share
Total number
of ICs
Central and Eastern Europe 0,66 1,56 1,56 1,32 39,44% 84
Nordic countries & Western Europe 0,66 1,44 1.44 0,54 30,99% 66
Southern Europe 0,48 1,14 1,14 1,02 29,58% 63


* The budget available for future calls will be announced before their launch.

Number of investment concepts financed per region and per call

Region Calls 1st call 2nd call 3rd call 4th call

Central & Eastern Europe
 

11

26

26

22

Nordic countries and Western Europe
 

11

24

24

9

Southern Europe
 

8

19

19

17

* The total amounts of IC financed by future calls will be announced before their launch.