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Call key data

Interreg Alpine Space - Small-scale projects

Funding Program

Interreg Alpine Space programme



27.06.2024 13:00

Funding rate


Call budget

€ 4,700,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

between € 250,000.00 and € 750,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

This call for project proposals is aimed at co-financing small-scale projects under the priority 4 “cooperatively managed and developed Alpine region”.

Call objectives

Transnational cooperation projects bring together project partners from the seven countries participating in the programme, to work on a shared challenge and achieve innovative solutions that can be applied transnationally, but also regionally or locally, strengthening the resilience of the Alpine region to the outlined challenges and dynamics.

Projects shall apply a result-oriented approach and deliver tangible results to the challenges identified in the programme, embedded in a broader strategic context, such as EUSALP, Territorial Agenda 2030 or other EU or pan-Alpine policies. All projects are expected to contribute with solutions to reach the objective of the programme, deepening and evolving cooperation and governance structures in the Alpine region through the involvement of the civil society. Particular attention should be given to measures aimed to support and improve local governance in times of crisis and transformation, share good practices and implement strategies originating from the needs of the territory.

The approaches can be new, even experimental; the programme is therefore particularly suited for testing new methods in a transnational network. The ready to use developed solutions are addressed to defined target groups.

The development of these joint solutions requires enthusiasm and commitment during project development and implementation. Transnational cooperation enables the establishment of strong and lasting ties with partners in other Alpine regions. The partnership composition is crucial to leverage respective knowledge and ensure the uptake of results. When choosing your partners, consider that the topics can be tackled from different angles and solutions developed should be also practically anchored.

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Expected effects and impacts

Improving coordination between stakeholders is central, among not only different public administrations and agencies in charge of government at different levels and across sectors.

In order to make a meaningful contribution to the priority, the programme invites then applicants to develop project ideas dedicated to:

  • Improve coordination between organisations at all levels of government and governance, as well as different policy sectors to reinforce multi-level governance and cross-sectoral cooperation;
  • Develop and implement place-specific action responding to territorial needs to foster integrated place-based approaches;
  • Involve relevant stakeholders and citizens throughout the policy cycle to adopt bottom-up and participatory approaches, engaging with communities and ensuring sustainability and local ownership of results through co-creation processes;
  • Strengthen the skills, abilities and processes of stakeholders to develop capacities.

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Expected results

As Priority 4 focuses on governance and differs from the other priorities of the programme in that it does not have a single thematic focus, project proposals on this small-scale call do not need to have a 'roll-out' or 'setting-the-scene' approach. For further information about small-scale projects please refer to section A.3 of the programme manual.

A non-exhaustive list of indicative governance related actions is provided below:

Building connections:

  • Set-up or consolidate transnational networks and systems for effective governance;
  • Build cross-sectoral communities in different policy areas, to explore alpine-specific strengths.

Fostering innovative solutions:

  • Run joint innovative pilot projects to design, create, test, scale-up solutions to support governance in key policy areas;
  • Develop and implement solutions to enhance cooperation and organisation processes within the EUSALP governance structure and other transnational structures, such as the Alpine Convention;
  • Develop solutions and pilot projects for effective communication and tools to support multi-level governance;
  • Capitalise, replicate or transfer innovative solutions from territories to increase their use and create impact.

Empowering communities:

  • Support capacity building and trainings for public authorities and stakeholders in different policy areas and governance levels;
  • Implement measures to strengthen local governance in times of crisis and transformation, share good practices.

Involving communities:

  • Engage civil society, youth, and vulnerable groups in governance processes;
  • Exploit digital collaboration tools for inclusive decision-making;
  • Design tailor-made strategies and solutions to integrate and communicate with stakeholders across policy and governance-levels, as well as with civil society;
  • Develop learning tools with innovative approaches for transnational cooperation.

Moreover please bear in mind that this call is not suitable for:

  • Projects with a focus on classic communication of specific topics towards political decision makers (limited to awareness raising);
  • Projects to establish new Alpine cooperation structures or bodies, as it will be a challenge to find further funding opportunities after project end;
  • Projects with an academic and research-oriented focus;
  • Projects with a main focus on infrastructure or the technical development of IT tools and products.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

Austria (Österreich), France, Germany (Deutschland), Italy (Italia), Liechtenstein, Slovenia (Slovenija), Switzerland (Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera)

eligible entities

Education and training institution, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

The partnership must involve 4 to 7 partners from at least three different countries of the programme area (including the lead partner).

The lead partner shall be a public or public equivalent institution.

A good mix of project partners including implementation-oriented organisations, in particular from the local and regional levels, as well as multipliers, is expected. All information can be found in the programme manual.

The programme area for the Interreg Alpine Space Programme 2021-2027 comprises the following territories:

  • Austria: the whole territory
  • France - NUTS 2: Alsace, Franche-Comte, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Rhône-Alpes
  • Germany – NUTS 2: Oberbayern, Niederbayern, Oberpfalz, Oberfranken, Mittelfranken, Unterfranken, Schwaben; Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Freiburg, T ̧bingen
  • Italy – NUTS 2: Lombardia, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano / Bozen, Valle d'Aosta / VallÈe d'Aoste, Piemonte, Liguria
  • Liechtenstein: the whole territory
  • Slovenia: the whole territory
  • Switzerland: the whole territory

other eligibility criteria

The ideal project partnership should be coherent and represent different sectors and different levels of governance; ensure an active role of municipalities and local authorities; involve relevant stakeholders; consider emerging methods coming from civil society movements etc.). The partnership should also possess sufficient capacities to implement these approaches (e.g. partners skilled in civil society and civic engagement, in capacity building activities etc.).

Given the specificities of mountain territories, it is advisable to identify project intervention areas that are linked by geographical and sectoral interactions and interdependencies (e.g. education, health, employment, leisure activities), going beyond mere administrative boundaries. For transnational cooperation with not necessarily adjacent cooperation areas, functionalities can be found especially from joint characteristics, joint challenges and development potentials.

Projects can be related, in terms of general topics, to the other three priorities of the programme, as well as contribute to the cross-cutting priorities identified by the EUSALP Action Groups (i.e. promoting digitalisation for the Alps; accelerating the energy transition for a carbon-neutral Alpine Region; promoting a joint water management transition; boosting circular economy).

Additional information


Administration & Governance, Institutional Capacity & Cooperation, 
Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

between 12 and 24 months

Additional Information

The project application follows a one-step procedure. Applicants must submit the application form and the signed partnership agreement via the Joint Electronic Monitoring System (Jems). Guidance on how to fill out the application form is provided in the programme manual (Annex Ib).

For more information, visit our “How to apply” webpage.


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