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Action Grant

The Scalable Cities Action Grant is a financial tool to support the replication of measures already successfully tested in Smart Cities and Communities projects.


  • 2nd Call for Proposals will open in March, 2023. 
  • The 1st Call for proposals of the Scalable Cities Action Grant is closed. Selected project proposals are currently in the grant agreement signature phase

Grants awarded: 

  1. Smart GreeNaa Project

    • Topic: Internal framework for developing innovative governance strategy supporting energy transition

    • City: Gabrovo, Bulgaria

    • Grant amount: EUR 20 000

  2. SYGOCONEM: Systemic Governance Change for Onda’s Net-Zero Missions

    • Topic: Development of a robust governance framework for decarbonization

    • City: Onda, Spain

    • Grant amount: EUR 19 575

  3. External Energy Management for Ukrainian Communities

    • Topic: Preparation of a replicable model solution for distantly organised EMS

    • Cities: Slavutych, Myrhorod, Novovolynsk, Volodymyr, Ukraine

    • Grant amount: EUR 49 666

  4. Connected Waltham Forest

    • Topic: Investment case for replicating the Urban Sharing Platforms

    • Cities: London, UK

    • Grant amount: EUR 24 750


The Scalable Cities Action Grant financially supports cities and ad-hoc partnerships that wish to replicate measures that were successfully implemented through SCC projects to facilitate the transition towards climate neutrality.

The Scalable Cities Action Grant is implemented in collaboration with the European Commission and CINEA. The EC has set out a clear aim for Scalable Cities to deploy wide-scale, innovative, replicable and integrated solutions in the energy, transport, and ICT areas and to trigger large-scale economic investment with a view to transforming the market.

The Action Grant is organised through four calls for proposals with four deadlines, covering different topics. This call targets cities and related partners (local energy agencies, construction agencies, civil society organisations, research institutes) from completed Horizon 2020 SCC01 Lighthouse projects and/or external cities interested in replicating specific actions from those Scalable Cities projects.

Budget and Implementation

The indicative budget to be awarded in the period 2022 to 2024 is EUR 900 000 to fund around 20 to 30 projects, each with a duration up to 12 months.

The maximum grant amount for one project is EUR 50 000.

Applicants may submit proposals that have higher overall budgets, but the action grant may in no case exceed EUR 50 000 per project. In this case, applicants have to co-finance the difference.

2nd Call for proposal’s objectives:

The present second call for proposals addresses three main priority topics: a) Systemic Changes in Governance; b) Education, training and capacity building; c) Data and digitalization. This call seeks to

  • improve and optimize cities’ internal governance structures, and/or;
  • support the transfer of knowledge from SCC01 projects to cities through the development and/or implementation of educational activities and programmes, and/or;
  • accelerate the digitalization of the energy sector which can help municipalities lower their energy consumption, plan investments in renewable energy and ultimately save on their energy bills.

2nd call for proposal’s deadline: 31st May 2023

How to apply?

Applications need to be submitted online through the dedicated Scalable Cities Action Grant management platform.

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For any questions, please contact the Scalable Cities Secretariat.