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SMP – Sustainability Partnerships for SMEs adopting more sustainable practices – 2021

The Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) under the Single Market Programme (SMP) 2021-2027 aims to promote growth and to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises in the European Union and beyond. The Single Market Programme aims at improving the functioning of the internal market, the competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises, and consumers' protection.

2022-03-15
400,000 euro
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Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union
Details

Countries associated to the COSME part of the Single Market Programme and countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature are eligible for the grant.

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Priorities and funded actions

Objective

  • To harness the expertise of NGOs/CSOs to assist SMEs in their transition to more sustainable business models

Priorities

Priority 1 – Enhancing interaction and improving collaboration between small and mediumsized enterprises and NGOs/CSOs active in the same region

Priority 2 – Strengthening or improving the environmental and social performance of the partner SMEs

Priority 3 – Boosting capacity and knowledge on sustainable business models across SMEs

Priority 4 – Contributing to the promotion of the benefits of sustainable business models among SMEs

Among financed actions

  • Identification of sustainability challenges faced by SMEs and NGO/CSOs
  • Assessment of potential sustainable business model(s) and options for adoption (including an action plan)
  • Advisory services for the SMEs and/or NGOs/CSOs
  • Organisation of technical trainings for the SMEs and/or NGOs/CSOs
  • Analyses and studies (including on challenges and lessons learnt)
  • Innovation and sustainability support (including consultancy on technology uptake)
  • Development of promotional material and activities
  • Community building activities
  • Engagement with and promotion to other relevant actors/networks at regional/national/European level

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: between 12 and 24 months

Eligibility

  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least three eligible applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), and must comply with the following conditions:
    • The coordinator must be an entity that is member of the Enterprise Europe Network. Entities who are in an ongoing grant agreement preparation for EEN membership in 2022-2025 but have not signed a grant agreement yet may submit an application under this action.
    • The consortium partners must include at least one small and medium-sized enterprise and one CSO/NGO willing to collaborate on a project of common interest.
    • The consortium must be composed of minimum three entities from a coherent geographic area part of one or more of the eligible countries indicated above.
  • The consortium can include other entities such as:
    • Additional small and medium-sized enterprises and CSOs/NGOs
    • Regional or local public administration (such as municipality, city, region, etc.)
    • Social economy actors
    • Business support organisations
    • Public agencies or bodies (such as environmental agencies, research agencies, etc.)
Financement
  • Amount of the grant: 100,000 euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 90% of the total eligible costs

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