Which EU funding schemes for local authorities: EU funding 2021-2027
Are you interested in European funding? You have a project to implement and you want to raise funds to find the right financing? Our team of professionals offers you the opportunity to discover the range of aid allocated by the European Union to local authorities. We will be your best ally in finding the best proposals and in carrying out all the procedures.
There are 3 types of funds for which local and regional authorities can apply:
Local authorities have more access to the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) which are set up to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion. In this sense, they finance projects at local level with beneficial effects for the territory and in line with the following European priorities for the period 2021-2027:
The structural funds are composed of 5 main entities:
The management of the ESIF is entrusted to the Member States. In France, since 2014, funds can be managed by the State or by regional councils or other local authorities or groupings. Identifying the right partner is essential.
Part of the ERDF may also be reserved for Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI), which aim to develop the region’s major urban areas (metropolises or communities of communes). They are then in charge of an ERDF envelope allowing the financing of projects responding to the challenges of the territory, as well as of the region, such as the preservation of the environment or the energy transition.
Sectoral funds are thematic programmes. They are subject to calls for projects with the aim of supporting European or national projects. The managing and coordinating authorities for European funds are the executive agencies or the European Commission itself.
Local authorities can be lead partners or partners in large-scale European projects on different themes. Various funds are available to local authorities, including the following:
These projects are often an opportunity to develop exchanges and partnerships across the EU with other local authorities facing the same problems or having succeeded in finding solutions.
Calls for proposals or projects are published on the European Commission’s official platform: Funding and Tenders.
Grants under the EU’s external policy aim to support projects outside the EU that have a responsible and sustainable impact in the project’s host country. 79.5 billion is dedicated to them for the period 2021-2027.
Its main programme is the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument – Global Europe. It is divided into three main pillars:
Too often, local authorities are unaware of the possibilities offered by European funds. Many funds are open to local authorities and do not necessarily require the creation of a partnership. This is notably the case for the ESIFs, which work for the development of the territory, and whose interlocutors are often close to the field and to project leaders. Local authorities are also eligible for sectoral funds that allow them to carry out projects of European scope that promote innovation and partnership and meet the EU’s priorities for the period 2019-2024:
It is nevertheless advisable to check the eligibility conditions of each call for projects in the documents published by the managing authority, be it the State, the Region or the European Commission.