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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.

The 3rd Call for Proposals is now closed.

Thank you very much for all the submissions. 

We have received a record number of projects and will be evaluating them in the coming weeks. 

Selected consortia will be informed after the 31st March 2024.


The third call for proposals addressed three main priority topics: 

  1. Energy Communities
  2. Positive Energy Districts
  3. Data and digitalization

This call was looking to:

  • support, promote and set up energy communities and/or to initiate community energy projects, or;
  • initiating the development of positive energy districts (PED) in the local context and / or tackling the technical, spatial, regulatory, legal, financial, social, and economic challenges of ongoing PED development projects and/or offering mentoring and knowledge exchange on PED development, or;
  • accelerate the digitalization of the energy sector which can help municipalities to lower their energy consumption, stimulate investments in renewable energy and ultimately lower energy bills.


About Action Grant

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.


How to apply?

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

Register to the platform (external link)

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For any questions, please contact the Scalable Cities Secretariat. 


The following projects have been funded in the 2nd round of the Scalable Cities Action Grant:

  1. Building the foundations of a Digital Twin for Brussels
  • City: Brussels, Belgium 
  • Grant amount: EUR 48 150
  1. Data for Decarbonisation (D4Decar): supporting the energy transition in Las Rozas and La Rinconada
  • City: Las Rozas (Madrid) and La Rinconada (Sevilla) 
  • Grant amount: EUR 44 550
  1. Dundee Climate Data and Digital Skills Programme 
  • City: Dundee, United Kingdom 
  • Grant amount: EUR 37 800
  1. EIBENER (IntElligent and SocIal Energy for a SustainaBle FuturE iN EibaR) 
  • City: Eibar, Spain 
  • Grant amount: EUR 49 950
  1. JustClimate 
  • City: Szombathely, Hungary 
  • Grant amount: EUR 49 500
  1. Klima Gasteiz: Multi-actor engagement to land Net Zero and Climate Change Adaptation EU Missions to the municipality of Vitoria-Gasteiz 
  • City: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain 
  • Grant amount: EUR 45 500
  1. Liepaja Smart City Roadmap: Transformative Mentorship, Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration with Valencia 
  • City: Liepaja, Latvia 
  • Grant amount: EUR 49 500
  1. +PADOVAxChange: Urban Digital Twins for Net Zero Roadmaps 
  • City: Padova, Italy 
  • Grant amount: EUR 49 950


The following projects have been funded in the 1st round of the Scalable Cities Action Grant:

  1. Smart GreeNaa Project
  • Topic: Internal framework for developing innovative governance strategy supporting energy transition
  • City: Gabrovo, Bulgaria
  • Grant amount: EUR 20 000
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. Connected Waltham Forest
  • Topic: Investment case for replicating the Urban Sharing Platforms
  • Cities: London, UK
  • Grant amount: EUR 24 750


3rd Call for Proposals_ScalableCities_ActionGrant.pdf
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Annex 1 - Letter of Policital Commitment.docx
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Annex 2 - Application form template.docx
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Annex 3 - Budget overview.xlsx
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Annex 4 - Final Reporting.docx
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