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Call key data

Interreg AT-CZ: Small project fund - 1st Cut-off Date

Funding Program

Interreg Austria-Czechia



08.07.2024 14:00

Funding rate

80 %

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Call content

short description

The Interreg Austria-Czech Republic program will open two small project funds in spring 2024. The KPF for Culture and Tourism aims to support small-scale projects that strengthen the role of culture and sustainable tourism for economic development, social innovation and inclusion and complement the cultural and tourism offer in the respective cross-border location to form a unified and comprehensive product. The KPF for People to People aims to expand cross-border interactions between citizens, promote mutual understanding and strengthen communication between people in the border area. Investment measures are not possible in this priority area.

Call objectives

Examples of funded activities:

  • KPF for culture and tourism:
    • Renovation, revitalization and/or development of cultural monuments,
    • Promotion of the development of museums, exhibitions, galleries, libraries,
    • Improving the quality of the existing cycle path/cycle route/single track network,
    • Improving the quality of existing boat routes, hiking trails, bridle paths,
    • Additions to the public tourist infrastructure,
    • Promotion, renewal and advertising of intangible cultural heritage,
    • Promotion of interactive innovative exhibitions,
    • Digitalization of the tourist offer (creation of apps, modernization and updating of websites)
    • Promoting innovative forms of presenting culture in a cross-border context,
    • Promotion of activities to improve knowledge of culture in a cross-border context.
  • KPF for citizen encounters:
    • "People-to-people" activities to improve cultural, social and economic relations in the border area with a clear cross-border focus, in particular to strengthen mutual trust, capacity building (knowledge enhancement, skills, engagement, building structures, systems and leadership).
    • Research and development of joint solutions at local level, overcoming obstacles in areas of public administration or facilitating exchanges between associations, in the fields of education or natural and cultural heritage, in the social, economic or health sectors.
    • Further training, lectures, workshops, seminars, courses, technical or further training excursions, conferences, exchange visits, study visits, study trips, trips and stays of an educational and professional nature, joint practical exercises during which the participants gain or exchange skills or knowledge (e.g. joint exercises of similar professions).
    • Competitions, games and tournaments, exercises in different areas. Furthermore, cultural performances and events (festivals and concerts, exhibitions and thematic presentations, public celebrations, major sporting events), camps for children, sports and cultural camps. This subheading also includes joint celebrations and anniversaries of the partnership, as well as meetings and joint events of associations, formal and informal groups, joint outings, trips or excursions.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

Austria (Österreich), Czechia (Česko)

eligible entities

EU Body, Education and training institution, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), 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 small projects must be implemented by at least one Austrian and one Czech partner organization or by a European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation (EGTC).

The KPF is aimed in particular at public-law institutions and non-profit organizations, i.e. organizations that were not founded for the purpose of making a profit (e.g. cities and municipalities, NGOs, associations, clubs, chambers and associations, educational institutions, etc.).

The following applies to Austrian applicants: Private partner organizations can generally be involved in a small-scale project. (Physical) private individuals, civil law companies, political parties and one-person companies are not eligible for funding.

The project partners of the small-scale project must be based in the program area. An exception applies to organizational units without legal personality, which are units of institutions that are based outside the programme area but are active in the programme area.

Types of small projects:

  • Type A: These small projects are only submitted on one side of the border; the partner organization in the neighboring country does not submit a project application. However, these small projects must also have a clear cross-border impact. The involvement of the partner organization from the neighbouring country in the joint preparation and implementation of a small project must be demonstrated (see point 1.10).
    • 1 Project application
    • 1 applicant
    • at least 1 project partner on the other side of the border
  • Type B: These small-scale projects pursue a common goal, their activities take place on both sides of the border at the same time or they are directly linked to each other. Each partner is responsible for the proper implementation of its tasks and activities. In the case of type B projects, overlapping cost plans must be avoided; it must be completely clear which expenditure is incurred on which side of the border. The application must show the exact connection to the partner organization's project.
    • 2 independent project applications (the applicant in the first project also acts as a partner in the second project)
    • 2 applicants
    • the total expenditure for both project applications must not exceed the financial framework for small projects (see point 1.7)
    • Both applications must be submitted in the same KPF round and discussed in the same Regional Steering Committee.

other eligibility criteria

The KPFs cover the entire funding area of the program according to the program document. Vienna is included in the program area, but is not involved in the implementation of the two small project funds. The small project must be located in the program area, which is defined by the following. NUTS 3 regions of the Member States Austria and the Czech Republic.

  • Austria: Mostviertel-Eisenwurzen, Sankt Pölten, Waldviertel, Weinviertel, Wiener Umland/Nordteil, (Vienna), Innviertel, Linz-Wels, Mühlviertel, Steyr-Kirchdorf.
  • Czech Republic: Jihočeský kraj, Kraj Vysočina a Jihomoravský kraj.

The KPF allows projects to be submitted in the area of "People to People" with a total cost volume of up to EUR 30,000 and in the area of "Culture and Tourism" up to EUR 50,000.

Each project must have an impact in the program area and meet at least three of four cooperation criteria. The following two cooperation criteria must be met in any case:

  • Joint preparation (mandatory)
  • Joint implementation (mandatory)
  • Joint personnel (optional)
  • Joint financing (optional)

Additional information


Administration & Governance, Institutional Capacity & Cooperation, 
Arts & Culture, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, 
Demographic Change, European Citizenship, Migration

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

12 months

Additional Information

  • As part of the KPF, ongoing calls for applications for small projects will be carried out for both priorities throughout the funding period.
  • Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis during the individual rounds of the current calls.
  • The dates of the individual submission rounds and the deadlines by which the application must be registered in the electronic KPF system as part of the relevant round are regularly published on the websites of the KPF administrators and the regional partners. The dates of the Regional Steering Committee meetings are also published on an ongoing basis
  • Before submitting the project application, applicants have the opportunity to consult with the KPF administrators or regional partners about their project plans or the application they have drawn up.

Application form:

  • An electronic KPF system is used for the submission of small project applications.
  • The electronic KPF system is available on the websites of the KPF administrators and the regional partners.
  • The application and the textual description of the cost items (Annex B5) must be completed in both languages.
  • When completing the application, the applicant must assign the project to the correct KPF (People to People or Culture and Tourism). If the project combines activities from both KPFs, the applicant must assign the project to the KPF in which the activities predominate.
  • The list of annexes to the project application is given below, the annexes on prescribed forms can be found as Annexes B3-B6. The annexes to the application are uploaded in PDF format, the project budget (Annex B5) also in XLSX format, larger files can be compressed into a *.zip or *.rar file. The names of the uploaded files begin with the code given in the list of attachments (e.g. B5-Projectbudget.pdf).
  • Partnership declaration (see Annex B3): Each project partner has a clearly defined role within the project partnership. The partnership declaration must be signed by all project partner organizations. If an electronic signature is used, it is important that all partner organizations use an electronic signature. The combination of electronic and handwritten signatures in one document is not permitted.
  • Once the application has been completed and all necessary annexes have been compiled, it is recommended that the completeness of the small project application and the annexes be checked against the criteria in the eligibility checklist. (see Appendix A2)
  • As soon as the application has been checked for completeness by the applicant, it is submitted via the electronic KPF system. The application is then deemed to have been registered with the KPF administrator.


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