In a nutshell

In order to receive funding from the EUCF, you must apply to bocome 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, Slovenia and Slovakia.
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 two months, except for the first call, for which the application period has been extended due to Covid-19. The following tentative 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 - 17 December 2021
4th call May - June 2022

The exact dates of the calls and any alterations regarding the opening and closing of application periods will be published under Open and previous calls.

More information about the Regional approach

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 and it is based on five criteria: investment size, energy savings, governance structure, stakeholder engagement and alignment with EUCF objectives.

If the EUCF receives more than 70 applications per call for a given region, a filtering mechanism will apply to ensure the maintenance of a timely and high quality evaluation process. The submitted applications will be listed according to two of the criteria: investment size and energy savings. A threshold will be set according to the budget available for the given call and region + 20% buffer. All applicants above the threshold as well as applicants with a lower initial result but able to reach the threshold with the points of the remaining criteria will be evaluated in full. Those applications with a lower initial result not able to reach the threshold are evaluated successively when applications above the threshold receive scores below 3.

The 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 the five evaluation criteria.

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, criteria and filtering mechanism, please have a look at 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.

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 run in parallel in the 3 regions and the budget is divided by these 3 regions. The allocation of funding results from a combination of the Cohesion Policy (2014-2020) and the population of the geographical region. Each beneficiary will receive a lump sum of 60.000 EUR for the development of an investment concept (IC) during a period of 12 months.

Region Countries
Central and Eastern Europe Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.
Nordic countries & Western Europe Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Southern Europe Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain.
Region Calls 1st call 2nd call 3rd call 4th call
Central and Eastern Europe 0,66 1,56 1,56 *
Nordic countries & Western Europe 0,66 1,44 1.44 *
Southern Europe 0,48 1,14 1,14 *
Budget available for each region per call in EUR Millions


* 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 & East
(BG, CZ,HR, EE, LV, LT, SI, SK, PL, RO, HU)

11 ICs

26 ICs

26 ICs

*

Nord & West
(AT, BE, DK, FI, FR, DE, IS, IE, LI, LU, NL, NO, SE, UK)

11 ICs

24 ICs

24 ICs

*

South
(GR, IT, ES, MT, PT, CY)

08 ICs

19 ICs

19 ICs

*

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