Overview

Donor: European Commission - Single Market Programme (SMP)
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: SMP-COSME-2021-CLUSTER-01
Eligible applicants: Social Business
Deadline: 30.09.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 50.000€
Funding ratio: up to 100%

Sectors

  • Arts & Culture
  • Economic Development
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

Description

1) Objective

The FRIEND CCI project offers financial support to SMEs in the form of grants, directed to the development and implementation of cross-sectoral projects aimed to bring innovation both at the level of products and at the level of processes/ technologies, with a specific eye on the needs linked to the twin transition.

The project FRIEND CCI aims at contributing to an improved resilience of the European Industrial Ecosystem of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) and to its green and digital transformation, by supporting the SMEs by offering them financial support in the form of grants, directed to the development and implementation of cross-sectoral projects aimed to bring innovation both at the level of products and at the level of processes/ technologies, with a specific eye on the needs linked to the twin transition. To this end, the support will entail mandatory training and upskilling/ reskilling activities, according to the specific needs of SMEs, and including skills needed for the green and digital transition. Also, as part of the support, SMEs will be asked to include activities to go international, based on their level of readiness.

The 1st call aims at supporting SMEs in:

  • Developing and implementing cross-sectoral projects aimed to bring innovation at the level of products and/or at the level of processes/ technologies, with a specific focus on the needs linked to the twin transition;
  • Fostering cross-fertilization and innovation between SMEs of different ecosystems;
  • Go international, to boost access to global supply and value chains.

The support will entail mandatory training and upskilling/ reskilling activities, according to the specific needs of SMEs, and including skills needed for the green and digital transition. Also, as part of the support, SMEs will be asked to include activities to go international, based on their level of readiness to internationalise.

2) Eligibility

Only SMEs are eligible to apply for the FRIEND CCI open call.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Europe.

4) Budget

Applicants to this Call can request financial support up to €50,000.

5) Application

1st Call open 21/07/2023 and close on 30/09/2023 at 17.00 CET. A full proposal must be submitted. All application templates can be downloaded at the given website.

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