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


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. (Application period closed)

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.

To register your interest, please email us:

The Transformative Action Award, co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Aalborg (Denmark), with support from the European Committee of the Regions and the European Investment Bank, is given to a city, region or civil society organisation that uses the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to catalyse a socio-cultural, socio-economic or technological transformation in their community, in addition to furthering the implementation of the European Green Deal at local level.

The 6th edition of the Transformative Action Award is now open.

Closing date: Midnight (CEST) 14 October 2022

For more information, visit here.