New call on clean energy investments opens on 15 January - local governments can receive €60,000

The dates for the next call of the European City Facility has been set and it will open on 15 January, 2024. The call offers €60,000 in lump-sum payments and hands-on support for local actors to develop investment concepts on clean energy and energy efficiency.

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The upcoming call is funded by the European Union’s LIFE Programme and will stay open until 15 March (17:00 CET). Applicants from across the EU Member States plus Ukraine and Iceland are eligible to apply.  

This grant will allow beneficiaries to act on their needs related to developing investment concepts in support of their sustainable energy and climate plans. 

Previously, beneficiaries have used the funding to conduct a wide variety of actions, including technical feasibility studies, market analyses, stakeholder planning, or legal, economic and financial analyses, but the specific action is up to the applicants, within the topical areas of clean energy or energy efficiency. 

Application process 

Applying for the funding is simple and requirements are will be similar to previous calls and asks for proven political support, potential investment size, feasible energy-related impacts, and plans for governance structure and stakeholder engagement. This information is comparable to what’s needed before accessing most public funding or private financing.  

The European City Facility has furthermore set up a National Support system covering almost all eligible countries with information sessions, hands-on guidance, and feedback in the national languages.  

For the chosen beneficiaries the offer from the European City Facility goes beyond the funding, and includes capacity building, matchmaking offers and dedicated financing tools, all pushing a project idea one step closer to being matched with either private or public financing.  

Mor information will be made available when the call opens and will be shared directly via the EUCF Call Alert