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.

Duration Amount
Until exhaustion of funds €30 Billion
Type Application Deadline
Grants 18 Oct 2013
Who can apply? Countries
Local and Regional authorities, Agencies, Associations Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Funding Level

Up to 90% of eligible costs

  • ELENA  is part of the  EIB’s broader effort to support the EU’s climate and energy policy objectives.
  • The objective of ELENA is to help local and regional authorities prepare energy efficiency or renewable energy projects.

Investment programmes can involve the improvement of energy efficiency in buildings or street lighting, the integration of renewable energy sources in buildings or the renovation or installation of district heating systems using combined heat and power or renewable sources. ELENA funds can be used for structuring programmes, business plans and additionally needed energy audits, preparing tendering procedures and contracts, and paying for project implementation units.

Funds are currently available to support projects under the Facility. When funds will be exhausted, a notice will be posted on the EIB website. Public bodies interested in applying should contact EIB directly. Applications need to include their investment programme and indicate the need for technical assistance under the Facility. When contacting theEIB for the first time, applicants should present a brief description of the planned investment, the expected investment cost and time schedule for the programme, the amount, scope and main needs to be addressed by the requested technical assistance. The assistance will be granted on a first-come first-served basis within the limits of the given budget.

Contact point

Public bodies interested in applying should contact EIB directly, via telephone, fax, e-mail or letter (the preferred way is through e-mail to

Information Desk
Corporate Responsibility and
Communication Department
T: +352 43 79 - 22000
T: +352 43 79 – 62000

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