Donor: European Commission (EC) - INV
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 20.12.2024

Financial details

Grant size: Large - more than $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 640.000€
Total available budget: 14.000.000€
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 800.000€
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate Change
  • Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Europe

      Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia


1) Objective

The call aims to pioneer solutions to make peripheral and lagging areas in central Europe more attractive to live and work in. With a budget of approximately 14 million Euros ERDF, the initiative targets small-scale projects that address economic, social, and governance challenges in these regions. By fostering innovative and practical solutions, the call seeks to reduce disparities and enhance the overall development potential of targeted areas.

The call will be thematically focused and be open for proposals in four programme specific objectives (SOs):
SO 1.2: Strengthening skills for smart specialisation, industrial transition and entrepreneurship
SO 2.5: Greening urban mobility
SO 3.1: Improving transport connections of rural and peripheral regions
SO 4.1: Strengthening governance for integrated territorial development

2) Eligibility

Eligible applicants include local and regional authorities, associations, civil society organizations, and NGOs. Each project must have at least three partners from three different countries, with at least two partners from central Europe. Involvement of research organizations is limited to supporting roles.

3) Location

The call is open to partnerships from central Europe, with a focus on regions facing significant economic and social challenges. Projects can target rural or urban areas lagging in socio-economic development, ranging from local neighborhoods to entire regions. Interreg CE covers regions and cities from nine EU Member States: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

4) Budget

Projects can receive up to 800,000€ in total budget, with a maximum of 640,000€ funded by the ERDF. The project duration should be between 12 and 24 months. The indicative budget will be around 14 million Euros ERDF.

5) Application

The call will be launched on October 15, 2024, and will close on December 10, 2024. The application process includes a short pitch deck presentation during hearings held in English. Applicants will also have access to a variety of support measures, including webinars, explainers, national contact points, individual consultations, and a helpdesk. Proposals should focus on one of the four specific objectives: strengthening skills for smart specialisation, greening urban mobility, improving transport connections, and strengthening governance for integrated territorial development.

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