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Call key data

Social Economy Missions for Community Resilience

Funding Program

Single Market Programme

Call number

SMP-COSME-2023-RESILIENCE-01

deadlines

Opening
05.10.2023

Deadline
07.12.2023 17:00

Funding rate

90%

Call budget

€ 1,000,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

€ 250,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

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.

Call objectives

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.

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Expected effects and impacts

  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Liechtenstein, Montenegro (Црна Гора), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна)

eligible entities

Education and training institution, International organization, 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

Yes

Project Partnership

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of minimum 4 and up to around 10 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with all the following conditions:

  1. at least three regional or local public governments (such as regions, municipalities, cities, etc.) validated as public entities in the Participant Register from at least three different eligible countries;
  2. at least one business related organisation such as SMEs organisation or association, social enterprises organisation, chamber of commerce, etc. relevant for this call topic; 
  3. additional applicants can be other economic operators such as network or umbrella organisations, SMEs organisations, SMEs, social economy organisations or enterprises, cooperatives, NGOs, civil society organisations, local rural development and innovation agencies, technology centres and service providers, digital innovation hubs, fablabs, science parks, local industrial clusters, educational institutions, educational or vocational training organisations, chambers of commerce, etc. relevant for this call topic; 
  4. each eligible applicant under (2) and (3) in the consortium must be established in the same territory covered by the regional or local public administration participating as applicant under (1), except in case of participating network or umbrella organisations.

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • non-EU countries: 
      • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Single Market Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)

Specific cases:

Exceptional funding — Entities from other countries (not listed above) are exceptionally eligible, if the granting authority considers their participation essential for the implementation of the action. 

Natural persons — Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of selfemployed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person). 

International organisations — International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them. 

Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons. 

EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.

 Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’ . Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible). 

Countries currently negotiating association agreements — Beneficiaries from countries with ongoing negotiations (see above) may participate in the call and can sign grants if the negotiations are concluded before grant signature (with retroactive effect, if provided in the agreement).

other eligibility criteria

Financial support to third parties is allowed under the following conditions: 

  • financial support is provided directly to third parties, meaning the members of the delegations participating in the workshops organised by project partners who are not representatives or staff of project partners; 
  • financial support to third parties must be included in the project costs under the corresponding cost heading; 
  • financial support to third parties can only cover the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs necessary for members of delegations to participate in activities necessary to bring together partners and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. workshops or study visits), as indicated in the description of the action; the activities organised by the consortium within this action must be free of participation or registration fees for stakeholders participating in these activities.
  • Project applications must clearly specify why the financial support to third parties is needed, for which category of persons and which activities, how it will managed, how the members of the delegation will be selected and provide a list of the different types of activities for which a third party may receive financial support. The maximum amount per third party is EUR 60.000.
  • The costs for providing financial support to third parties will be reimbursed at a funding rate of 100%.

Additional information

Topics

Agriculture & Forestry, Fishery, Food, Soil quality, 
Air Quality, Biodiversity & Environment, Climate & Climate Change, Water quality & management, 
Competitiveness of Enterprises, Employment/Labour Market, SME & entrepreneurship, 
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, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

18 or 24 months

Additional Information

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.

Proposals (including annexes and supporting documents) must be submitted using the forms provided inside the Submission System ( NOT the documents available on the Topic page — they are only for information).

Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:

  • Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
  • Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
  • mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):
    • detailed budget table/calculator (mandatory excel template available in the Submission System) 
    • list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years) (template available in Part B) 
    • Annex 5 to Part B – Eligibility checklist (available at EISMEA’s page here).

Your application must be readable, accessible and printable. Proposals are limited to maximum 50 pages (Part B). Evaluators will not consider any additional pages.

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