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Who can apply and for what?

Beneficiaries: small and medium-sized towns, qualified by the Strategy for responsible development (SOR), which joined the ranks of 255 towns with most difficult socio-economic situation employees of public city administration and the dependent administrative units.

List of 255 small and medium-sized towns (PDF 105 KB)

Types of projects

In the frame of the Programme, town–applicants may apply for support for complex developmental projects (infrastructural and soft ones), including actions to strengthen/ improve efficiency of local administration.

Funding in amount from EUR 3 to 10 million will be spent on approximately 15* complex projects taking into account the following: 

  • environmental issues such as: improvement of air quality through reduction of greenhouse gas and dust emissions, conversion from traditional to renewable energy sources, low-/zero-emission public transport, etc. 
  • public issues such as: effective housing policy especially taking into consideration marginalized city areas, reduction of unemployment and poverty level,  implementation of accessibility standards according to the Programme Accessibility Plus 2018 - 2025;limitation of  economic migration from small and medium size cities to large urban centres, tackling the challenges of aging population 
  • economic issues such as for instance: support for entrepreneurship and local economy,  strengthening local labour market, especially from the perspective of people entering/during adaptation to labour market. 

Project may be implemented both in cross-sectoral and cross- self-government partnership (national and foreign – with entities from Donor States).

Approximately 35* applicants, which are not chosen for financial support at the 2nd stage of the enrollment, will have a possibility to apply for financing actions aimed at improvement of accessibility standards in their cities, according to the assumptions of the Accessibility Plus Programme.

Value of projects

The maximum value of each project amounts to PLN 100 000.

The 2nd stage of the call – for complete project proposals under the Local Development Programme, financed by the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 – is completed. According to the call assumptions, this stage was dedicated only to 53 cities – applicants whose project outlines were best assessed in the first stage of the call for proposals and underwent the formal evaluation process. More information about the current activities under the Programme can be found in the Calls for proposals tab.

* The Programme Operator, together with the Project Selection Committee and the Donors States, decided to extend the ranking list to 29 cities due to the need to support more medium-sized cities in a post-pandemic situation