The European City Facility (EUCF) aims to support municipalities and local authorities in developing Investment Concepts (IC) related to the implementation of actions identified in their climate and energy action plans.
The ultimate objective of the EUCF is to build a substantial pipeline of sustainable energy investment projects across municipalities in Europe.
The EUCF finances with a fixed grant of EUR 60,000 the development of an Investment Concept.
The EUCF is open to all municipalities / local authorities and their groupings from the EU-27 and UK. Applicants require a politically approved climate and sustainable energy plan. This includes SEAPs (Sustainable Energy Action Plan) / SECAPs (Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan), or plans of similar ambition with climate and energy targets at least for the year 2020.
The applicant must commit to the EUCF monitoring period of two years by submitting two simple monitoring forms on key figures.
WHAT CAN BE FINANCED
The EUCF finances activities such as (technical) feasibility studies, market analysis, stakeholder analysis, legal, economic and financial analysis, risk analysis, etc. that are required to develop the investment concept.
These activities can be delivered by in-house staff or subcontracted external experts.
The grant cannot directly finance the actual investments, but it covers costs to mobilise resources and access services to develop an Investment Concept.
Applications are evaluated based on 5 evaluation criteria:
- Investment size;
- Energy savings;
- Governance structure;
- Stakeholders engagement;
- Alignment with EUCF objectives.
ADVANTAGES OF JOINT APPLICATIONS
In line with the EUCF objectives, local authorities / municipalities are strongly encouraged to join forces and resources and submit joint applications, in order to increase the ambition of the proposal and increase the chances of success.
Further information and the access to the online application can be found in the EUCF website.