Donor: European Commission (EC) - SMP
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: SMP-COSME-2023-SEED-01
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 21.11.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 120.000€
Total available budget: 8.000.000€
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 400.000€
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Economic Development
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Asia


  2. Europe

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


1) Objective

The call for proposal targets the following outcomes:

  • Increased amount of digitally skilled workforce in the SMEs in the social economy.
  • Increased know-how on how digitalisation can support organisational efficiency and professionalisation.
  • Improved knowledge and capacity when it comes to digitisation within “enabling organisations” supporting SMEs in the social economy.
  • Increased use of new technologies and digital tools in social economy SMEs as well as overall increased digital maturity of social economy organisations.
  • Enhanced Digital Social Innovation (DSI) capacity in local, regional and national social economy ecosystems.
  • Increased amount of tech partnerships (physical or digital) making technology accessible affordable and adaptable through shared models supporting the development of Tech for Good.
  • A vibrant and varied ecosystem of social enterprises adopting social economy models enabled by digital networks and technologies.

The call will support transnational partnerships to boost the digital capacity of actors in the proximity and social economy industrial ecosystem. The aim will be to enable social economy entities to turn digital challenges into opportunities, ensuring a digital transition that is fair and inclusive. In doing so the call also wants to strengthen the capacity of social economy ‘enabling organisations’ in supporting members, clients and stakeholders in their digital transition. Digitalisation can offer significant benefits, but many social economy entities still face barriers regarding the digitalisation of their production processes, services, operations impact models. Such barriers are mainly related to digital skills, know-how, access to technology, data management capacity and an enabling environment for digital business models rooted in the social economy. This call also offers the opportunity to promote Digital Social Innovation (DSI) as way to accelerate social, ecological and collective impact of actors in the social economy.

2) Eligibility

Eligible are legal entities (public or private bodies).

3) Location

Actions must take place in EU member states and listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Single Market Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries) and Ukraine.

4) Budget

The available call budget is EUR 8 000 000. This budget might be increased by maximum 20%. They expect to fund between 6 and 8 proposals under this call for proposals.

5) Application

Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible. The deadline is 21 November 2023.

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