The second call of the European City Facility (EUCF) closed on the 31st of May, counting a total of 221 applications from all across Europe. The highest number of applications in the 2nd call came from Southern Europe (40%) followed by Central and Eastern Europe (37%) and Nordic countries & Western Europe (23%). As can be seen from the visual below, the highest number of applications came from Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
Out of the 221 applications, 69 beneficiaries will be selected and receive a lump sum of €60,000 for the development of an investment concept for their local sustainable energy projects. Successful EUCF beneficiaries will then use the grant to carry out (technical) feasibility studies and a variety of key analyses focusing on their projects and the overall market, stakeholders, legal, economic and financial aspects.
The EUCF evaluation team will now evaluate the submitted applications and select the 69 beneficiaries. Evaluation is based on five criteria: investment size, energy savings, governance structure, stakeholder engagement and alignment with EUCF objectives. The results will be communicated to the selected applicants in August and will be published in October 2021.
The next EUCF Call (3rd edition) is foreseen to open in late October 2021 with a closing deadline at the end of December 2021.
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