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Just 18 days left to apply for funding secured by German Environment Ministry for climate ideas

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January 31, 2020

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There are only 18 days left to send your application for the Fourth Call for Project Ideas under the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) launched by Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

For the first time and in specific cases, organizations from European Union candidate countries may also apply for financing, as implementing partners.

The deadline for submission of the project outlines is February 18.

A grant between EUR 50,000 and EUR 1 million is possible for each project

Nongovernmental organizations, public authorities, academic and educational institutions as well as other non-profit institutions are called upon to submit ideas for projects that contribute to climate action in Europe and strengthen European cooperation, EUKI said in a press release.

The term of the project should be no more than 28 months

Each project can get a grant between EUR 50,000 and EUR 1 million. Eligible projects won’t last more than 28 months. They must be concluded in March 2023 at the latest.

So far 62 projects in 25 EU countries were selected for funding

The annual EUKI Call for Project Ideas has been held since 2017. So far 62 projects in 25 EU countries were selected for funding.

Project topics include transboundary educational programs on climate issues, developing concepts for urban cycling infrastructure, compiling ideas for a socially fair phase-out of coal power and proposals for a green EU budget.

More than 160 organizations from all over the EU participate in the projects.

Encouraging young people to become energy scouts

The best international and German Energy Scouts 2019. (photo: DIHK/Schicke)

For example, EUKI has funded the Young Energy Europe project in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece and Hungary. The participants are developing strategies to encourage young people to become energy scouts and to work towards a low emission industry.

As energy scouts, young professionals can help monitor and reduce energy consumption in their companies.

On the other hand, municipalities and organizationsin Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, and Poland are working together on one challenge that several EU member states have to face – the coal phase-out.

The goal of the Just Transition Eastern and Southern Europe project is to develop tailor-made transition strategies for the economic transformation away from coal and towards sustainable economic activities in southwest Bulgaria, Greece’s Western Macedonia in Silesia in Poland.

Further information on the EUKI, its projects and the application for project financing can be found at www.euki.de.

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