Funding

Welcome to our online Funding Tool to financing sustainable energy projects in rural areas. This tool helps you to get acquainted with the variety of European funds that will be available for cleaner and energy efficient technologies during the financing period 2014- 2020. This tool will help you understand which funding schemes would be most appropriate for your project and where to go for more information about the application process.

All information included in this tool comes from publically available sources and will be updated on an on-going basis to accommodate changes within the funding schemes. However, as every project is different and as funding schemes contain a multitude of different requirements, the FREE initiative recommends to contact relevant bodies for any additional information about project applications. This FREE tool is merely designed to make rural beneficiaries aware of the potential that EU funds offer and to demonstrate the relevance of EU policy to local energy projects.

 

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  • European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA)

    ELENA is a European technical assistance facility providing grants to regions and local authorities in order to accelerate their investment programmes in the fields of energy and climate change.

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  • COHESION FUND

    Financial arm of the EU Cohesion Policy aiming to reduce economic and social disparities amongst Member States of the European Union

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  • COUNCIL OF EUROPE DEVELOPMENT BANK

    A multilateral development bank focusing on social aspects amongst 43 Member States of the Council of Europe. Its scope of action includes various sectors directly contributing to strengthening social cohesion in Europe.

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  • EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL FUND FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT (EAFRD)

    The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) is a funding mechanism under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The rural development regulation aims to set clearly defined common priorities for rural development at the EU level.

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  • SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FINANCING FACILITIES (SEFF)

    Special credit facility supporting smaller companies to realise their investment efforts in sustainable energy

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  • EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK (EIB): INTERMEDIATED LOANS

    Intermediated loans are provided by the European Investment Bank to local banks with the condition of transferring them to small and medium-sized businesses. These loans can only be provided for certain purposes. Improving environmental sustainability of SMEs is one of these conditions, which includes supporting competitive and secure energy supply.

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  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

    The ERDF aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions.

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  • EUROPEAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY FUND (EEEF)

    The European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF) is a public-private partnership dedicated to mitigating climate change through energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy in the Member States of the European Union.

    To reach its final beneficiaries, EEEF can pursue two types of investments; direct investments and investments into financial institutions.

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  • HORIZON 2020

    Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. One of the challenges which Horizon 2020 will address is secure, clean and efficient energy.

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  • INTELLIGENT ENERGY EUROPE III

    Intelligent Energy Europe III is a successor of Intelligent Energy Europe II, a programme aimed at helping organisations willing to improve energy sustainability. It supports energy efficiency and renewable energy policies with a view to reaching EU 2020 energy and climate targets.

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  • INTERREG (2014 -2020) C

    The INTERREG EUROPE Programme is an EU programme that helps  regions across Europe to work together, sharing their knowledge and experience.

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  • CONNECTING EUROPE FACILITY (CEF)

    A programme for investing in EU infrastructure, energy and telecommunications.

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  • LIFE+ Programme

    A financing instrument from the European Union for environmental and nature conservation projects in the EU.

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