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Sectors: Energy, Environment, Innovation, Local development, New technologies, Town planning

Beneficiaries: Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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Funds for: providing urban areas across Europe with resources to test new solutions to address urban challenges
Main beneficiaries: local authorities

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: providing urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges
Main beneficiaries: local authorities

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Objectives
* To try out innovative approaches and new technologies outside the scope of “normal projects”;
* To support pilot projects that are too risky to be funded by traditional sources of funding, provided that they are highly innovative and experimental;
* To develop the knowledge base and confidence that is needed for subsequent up-scaling and broad market introduction of innovative solutions

Priorities
* Jobs and skills in the local economy;
* Urban poverty (in particular child poverty, deprived neighborhoods and homelessness);
* Housing;
* Inclusion of migrants and refugees;
* Sustainable use of land and nature-based solutions;
* Circular economy;
* Climate adaptation;
* Energy transition (in particular energy efficiency and local renewable energy systems);
* Sustainable urban mobility;
* Air quality;
* Digital transition (in particular data collection, data management and digital services);
* Innovative and responsible public procurement

Among financed actions
* Training programme for citizens
* Business incubator in the green economy sector
* Pilot refurbishment of 3 buildings

Additional informations
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: up to 36 months

* Eligibility:
– Be: a urban authority of a local administrative unit comprising at least 50 000 inhabitants, an association or a grouping of urban authorities comprising at least 50 000 inhabitants
– Be established in an EU Member State

> First category of actors
– Municipalities/city councils or districts whose administrative borders correspond to a single Local Administrative Unit (LAU);
– Municipalities/city councils or districts whose administrative borders include several LAUs;
– Organised agglomerations which are an association/grouping of urban authorities

> Second category of actors
– Any association of urban authorities as well as individual urban authorities without formalised cooperation agreements
– Any urban authorities involved (Main and Associated) shall be recognised as LAUs and be classified as cities, towns or suburbs