Funding Opportunities

ICLEI Europe supports and advocates for improved access to funding for local and regional governments to plan and implement sustainable development. ICLEI works closely with organisations such as the European Investment Bank to develop new financing schemes, tailored to the investment needs and budgetary reality of local and regional governments.

ICLEI also supports the local and regional application of innovative approaches to financing, including for example crowd-funding, cooperative financing or the blending of public and civic funding, or complimentary currencies.

Overview of opportunities

Free project development assistance to boost circularity in European cities and regions

ICLEI Europe has partnered with consultancies, research organisations, and funding institutions to help European cities and regions secure the financial resources they need to become more circular. Local and regional governments and associations, utilities and waste management organisations can apply until June 30th, 2023 to receive free project development assistance and increase their chances to attract investments.

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The ICLEI Action Fund is a granting scheme conducted by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability with support from to foster data-driven environmental and climate action at the local level. Non-profit and civil society organisations can apply to receive up to 1 million EUR each to implement data-driven action to help cities reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change.

Find out more about the fund here. (Applications are currently only open for eligible organisations in select Greek cities.)

Other funding programmes:

EU funding programmes- A list of the funding programmes implemented through the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework, divided by heading and cluster can be found here.

European Investment Bank - City Climate Finance Gap Fund

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - Green Cities

Work with ICLEI

ICLEI Europe provides advice to its members to bring project ideas and funding together. ICLEI Europe also provides consultancy services for writing proposals. Depending on the funding line, ICLEI can be involved as partner or subcontractor in the actual project implementation, bringing in additional expertise, training, replication potential and communication services.

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