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SMP – Proximity and social economy industrial ecosystem: boosting the digital transition of social economy enterprises and SMEs – 2023

Single Market Programme - Single Market Programme aims at making the internal market more effective, boosting SMEs competitiveness, supporting European standardisation and empowering consumers.

8 million euro

Appeal framework

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Program Single Market Programme (SMP)
Institution European Commission
Sectors Business & Industry Cooperation & Development Employment Finance Research & Innovation Social Economy Technology & Digital
Beneficiaries Association & NGO EU & International Organisation Financial Institution Local Authority & Affiliated Entity Professional organisation & network Research centre & university Smes & Start-Ups (< 249 Employees)
Regions European Economic Area, European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To strengthen the digital transition and capabilities of SMEs in the social economy through capacity building activities, knowledge transfer and transnational cooperation, and consequently foster their economic, organisational and impact related performances
  • To build up the digital capacity of “enabling organisations” in the social economy
  • To reinforce, where digital maturity allows, the role of social economy as a driver for digital social innovation and consequent digital solutions and tools developed to answer social, societal and environmental challenges


  • Priority 1: New business models – the platform economy
  • Priority 2: Data Maturity and data driven business models
  • Priority 3: Public and private tech partnerships and support
  • Priority 4: Data sharing, Data management & Code of Conduct
  • Priority 5: Supporting Digital Social Innovation & Tech for Good entrepreneurship
  • Priority 6: Access to technology
  • Priority 7: Boosting digital skills by – and in the social economy

Among financed actions

  • Mapping and needs assessment
  • Organisation of transnational, national, regional or local capacity building and training activities
  • Organisation of coaching, mentoring, advisory services

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 24 and 36 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be a public or private entity
  • Be social economy ‘enabling organisation’ (national, regional or local)
  • Be support organisations active at EU level
  • Total budget of the call: 8 million euro
  • Total budget of the topic:
    • SMP-COSME-2023-SEED-01: 8 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 900.000 and 1.3 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 100% of the eligible costs



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