Donor: European Commission (EC) - SMP
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: SMP-COSME-2023-RESILIENCE-01
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 07.12.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 250.000€
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Economic Development
  • Social Inclusion

Project Locations

  1. 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 general objective of this call is to boost the development of social economy SMEs active in rural areas. The project is aiming at building a European network of regional and local authorities with converging priorities on social economy and creating space and opportunities at EU level for learning and collaboration. This call will support consortia developing collaboration through sharing and replicating best practices and learning with focus on boosting the resilience, the greening and the digitalisation of social economy enterprises and SMEs active in rural areas.

The specific objectives to be achieved through this call are the following:

  • Taking stock of main recommendations and good practices from previous projects, carried out on the issue of social economy supporting resilience of rural communities, funded under Horizon Europe, EAFRD, ERDF, SMP;
  • Fostering the creation of social economy networks and stakeholders at regional and local level to boost resilience, greening and digitalisation of their members and improving collaboration between existing ones;
  • Boosting inter-regional learning between social economy stakeholders (public and private sector);
  • Contributing to a gradual social economy community building as an integral part of a sustainable European economic model with focus on rural communities’ resilience through the development of social entrepreneurship.

Expected Impact is:
– Increasing better, high-quality employment (tackling unemployment in rural areas);
– Supporting the green, social and digital transition at local level;
– Supporting resilient and sustainable business models based on social economy;
– Boosting the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy;
– Ensuring more community resilience and better living conditions for the rural population.

2) Eligibility

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: be legal entities (public or private bodies) and be established in one of the eligible countries.

3) Location

Actions must take place in EU member states + associated countries and Western Balkans.

4) Budget

Project budgets (maximum grant amount) are expected to be around €250,000 per project, but this does not preclude the submission/selection of proposals requesting other amounts. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested. Projects are expected to last either 18 or 24 months (extensions are possible, only if duly justified and through an amendment).

5) Application

The deadline for applications submission is 7 December 2023. Proposals must be submitted before the call deadline. 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.

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