Single Market Programme - COVID-19 Recovery Through Sustainable Tourism Growth and SME Support

Deadline :
February 16, 2022 5:00 AM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
€12,420,0000
Partners required:
Minimum 5 and a maximum of 8 entities (excluding affiliated entities) from 5 different eligible countries

Funding programme

The Single Market Programme (SMP) covers the single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics.

Call overview

The general objective of the call is to monitor the sustainability performance of SMEs in the tourism sector, whilst boosting their awareness, development and capacity in the area of sustainable innovations.

Call details

This call for proposals will be part of the overall COVID-19 recovery strategy for a sustainable tourism ecosystem and remain in line with the priorities of SME strategy and industrial strategy.

This action is to guide the recovery of the tourism ecosystem by providing support, including with the intermediary of consortia of organisations of the relevant tourism industry stakeholders, to the digital and green transformation of tourism companies, particularly SMEs, and boosting innovation, resilience, sustainability and quality along the tourism value chain.

The activity will also include provision of financial support to third parties, e.g. SMEs.

The call aims:

  • to support tourism SMEs in developing their skills and capacities in sustainable tourism, whilst creating sustainability strategies in line with the needs and priorities of their territory;
  • to provide capacity building, value chain insights and technical assistance to SMEs, by applying European sustainability frameworks and tools (such as Environmental footprint methods34, EMAS35 and EU Ecolabel36);
  • to develop a monitoring framework37 which regularly collects and makes available data on the sustainability performance of the SMEs, in a feasible manner that is interoperable with national statistics systems;
  • to foster innovative solutions for sustainable tourism, which can provide business and destinations with heightened resilience to shocks, enhanced social, economic and environmental awareness and responsibility;
  • to build effective mechanisms for best practice exchange and dissemination of transferable tools and knowledge between the SMEs, also at a European level.

Read more about the call background, priorities and funded activities in the Call Document.

Expected results

  • Enhanced resilience and competitiveness of tourism SMEs through better uptake of sustainability principles, innovation, and digitalisation (i.e. use of new technologies, greening, data);
  • New business models in tourism building on digitalisation, new technologies, sustainability, circularity;
  • Enhanced cooperation along the tourism value chain;
  • Improved transnational and cross-border cooperation, knowledge transfer and peer learning;
  • Support to recovery of the tourism ecosystem from COVID-19 crisis by providing best practices for recovery investment.

Eligibility

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

+ be legal entities (public or private bodies). Such public and private stakeholders43 will also be responsible for organising specific activities for tourism SMEs

+ 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)

Consortium composition

Proposals must be submitted by a trans-national consortium, which complies with the following conditions:

  • minimum five (5) and a maximum of eight (8) entities (excluding affiliated entities) from five (5) different eligible countries; minimum one (1) business support organisation (BSO)48;
  • minimum one (1) destination management organisation (DMO)49 involved in and dealing with sustainability as applied to the tourism sector

Budget

Total amount of the action: EUR 12,420,0000

Rate of co-financing: The co-financing rate shall be up to 100% of the eligible costs for financial support to third parties and up to 90% of the eligible costs for all other cost categories.

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Deadline :
February 16, 2022 5:00 AM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
€12,420,0000
Partners required:
Minimum 5 and a maximum of 8 entities (excluding affiliated entities) from 5 different eligible countries