LIFE European City Facility / Calls

(LIFE) European City Facility (EUCF), financed under the LIFE Programme, is the new and enhanced chapter of the already successful European City Faciliy, financed under the H2020 programme. We will keep providing tailored technical and financial support to municipalities for their sustainable energy projects.


The European City Facility has planned 7 Calls for applications to finance the development of investment concepts on sustainable energy projects.

+400 local authorities are receiving financing to kick off their sustainable energy actions. Each EUCF beneficiary receives a lump sum of 60.000Eur for the development of an investment concept on sustainable energy.

6th Call for applications

The 6th Call for Applications closed on the 15th of March 2024, receiving 263 applications. Learn more here.

The 7th and last Call for Applications will be launched in Autumn 2024.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants of the European City Facility are municipalities, local authorities, their groupings, and local public entities aggregating municipalities / local authorities, from the EU Member States, Iceland or Ukraine.

In order to be eligible for EUCF, applicants must have a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) or other climate or energy plan with mitigation targets.

How to apply

The application process consists of 2 steps:

  1. Eligibility check: 5 questions with yes/no answer where the interested applicant self-assess its eligibility
  2. Application form: accessible online on the EUCF platform and formed of 4 parts: identification of the applicant, political commitment, proposed investment project and use of EUCF support. The application form shall be submitted in English.

Start your application here.

What is financed?

The EUCF finances the development of an investment concept on sustainable energy projects.

The EUCF grant can be used for a number of activities: feasibility studies, legal analysis, stakeholders’ engagement…

What can energy agencies do?

Energy agencies are the best placed to support interested applicants, especially small municipalities, in their EUCF journey.

They can be hired by the EUCF beneficiaries to carry out the activities financed through the EUCF grant, including activities of project management.


Read the guidelines for applicants, participate in the national info-sessions, contact the EUCF Central Helpdesk or the EUCF Country Experts. Plenty of activities and support are here to make you successful.

Visit the EUCF website to know more.

The LIFE EUCF project is co-funded by the LIFE Programme of the European Union.

Views and opinions expressed are however those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor CINEA can be held reponsible for them.

In the news

A new record for the European City Facility!

The European City Facility continues to surprise, hitting new records and launching new activities to further support municipalities and cities in Europe to deliver on their sustainable energy projects.

The 6th Call of the European City Facility opens today!

Get your chance to win 60.000 Euro for your clean energy project. Apply now to EUCF!

ManagEnergy Expert Mission #2: Business model development for long-lasting community support

On 18-20 October, ManagEnergy Expert Francisco Puente (ESCAN Energy Consulting) visited the Valencia Climate and Energy Foundation. On the agenda: Strategic business development, long-term financial stability, financing mechanisms.

Get ready for the LIFE EUCF Call

Dates for the Sixth call for applications of the EU City Facility (EUCF) have been announced: 15 January to 15 March. Get ready to apply for a chance to receive the €60,000 grant.

Large number of cities seek to boost energy investments

167 local authorities applied to the 5th Call of the European City Facility, closed on the 30th of June. 70 of them will receive 60.000 Eur each for their sustainable energy projects.

New call on clean energy investments opens – 70 local governments to receive €60,000 

The 5th Call for the European City Facility is open: 60.000 Eur for your sustainable energy projects. Find out more and apply before the 30 June 2023.