Single Market Programme - Sustainability Partnerships for SMEs adopting more sustainable practices

Deadline :
March 15, 2022 5:00 AM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
€400,000
Partners required:
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least three eligible applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities)

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

This call is expected to help enhance interaction and improve collaboration between small- and medium-sized enterprises and NGOs/CSOs active in the same regions.

Call details

The general objective of this call for proposals is to tackle the expertise of NGOs/CSOs to assist SMEs in their transition to more sustainable business models by funding practical projects/actions able to impact the environmental and/or social performance of the SMEs. This call is expected to help enhance interaction and improve collaboration between small- and medium-sized enterprises and NGOs/CSOs active in the same regions.

The projects/actions will be implemented by consortia composed of interested SMEs, NGOs/CSOs and other relevant parties able to contribute to the implementation of the projects/actions.

This call builds on the mission of the Enterprise Europe Network and gives to interested EEN members an additional tool to assist SMEs in their transition to more sustainable business models. Therefore, the projects/actions will be coordinated by an active EEN member.

If successful, this project could be scaled up further to finance more projects/actions between SMEs and NGOs/CSOs.

Objectives

The general objective of this call for proposals is to harness the expertise of NGOs/CSOs to assist SMEs in their transition to more sustainable business models. This will be achieved by funding practical projects able to impact the environmental and/or social performance of the SMEs. This call builds on the mission of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and gives to interested EEN members an additional tool to assist SMEs in their transition to more sustainable business models. Therefore, the projects will be implemented by consortia coordinated by an active EEN member and composed of interested SMEs, interested NGOs/CSOs and other relevant partners.

The project must impact the business model of the partner SMEs with the support of the NGO/CSO and other relevant actors involved in the project proposal. In addition to coordinating the project, the EEN partner will need to ensure proper business/technical support and advice to the partner SMEs related to this call.

The specific objectives to be achieved through this call for proposals are the following:

  • Enhancing interaction and improving collaboration between small and medium-sized enterprises and NGOs/CSOs active in the same region;
  • Strengthening or improving the environmental and social performance of the partner SMEs;
  • Boosting capacity and knowledge on sustainable business models across SMEs;
  • Contributing to the promotion of the benefits of sustainable business models among SMEs.

ExpectedOutcome

Qualitative and quantitative indicators for the action:​

  1. Number of projects implemented;
  2. Number of SMEs and NGOs/CSOs involved in the projects;
  3. Impact of the projects on the environment or society;
  4. Long-term sustainability of the projects, beyond the duration of EU funding

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

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 consortium of at least three eligible applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), and must comply with the following conditions:

  • The coordinator must be an entity that is member of the Enterprise Europe Network (a grant agreement must have been signed by EISMEA and the entity for the period 2022-2025). Entities who are in an ongoing grant agreement preparation for EEN membership in 2022-2025 but have not signed a grant agreement yet may submit an application under this action. However, if selected, their EEN grant agreement must be signed and in force for any grant agreement under this action can be signed;
  • The consortium partners must include at least one small and medium-sized enterprise (according to the EU definition14) and one CSO/NGO willing to collaborate on a project of common interest;
  • The consortium must be composed of minimum three entities from a coherent geographic area part of one or more of the eligible countries indicated above.

The consortium can include other entities such as:

  • Additional small and medium-sized enterprises and CSOs/NGOs;
  • Regional or local public administration (such as municipality, city, region, etc.);
  • Social economy actors;
  • Business support organisations;
  • Public agencies or bodies (such as environmental agencies, research agencies, etc.)

Project duration

Projects’ duration should normally range between 12 and 24 months (extensions by mutual agreement reflected in a grant amendment are possible, if duly justified).

Budget

Total amount of the action: EUR 400,000

Rate of co-financing: 90%

Project budgets (maximum grant amount) are expected to be EUR 100 000 per project, but this does not preclude the submission/ selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

The call is expected to fund maximum four proposals.

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Deadline :
March 15, 2022 5:00 AM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
€400,000
Partners required:
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least three eligible applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities)