Where do I find European financial support?

For a complete overview of the financing opportunities for local authorities, visit the Reference Guide of the Covenant of Mayors initiative.  

European financial support

European Regional and Development Fund, Cohesion fund: find your country’s Operational Programme for 2014-2020 here EU28 Local authorities can be benificiaries (but also SMEs, associations and NGOs). ERDF is managed via your Managing Authority. Get in touch to find out how to get co-financing of your EE project, but also guarantees, loans, (quasi-) equity participation and technical assistance support. 
Horizon 2020 (2016-2017 Research and Innovation Work Programme) Under the 'secure, clean and efficient energy' chapter, different calls for proposals focus on buildings and financing topics. Calls relevant for sustainable energy can be found here
Technical Assistance and Project Development Assistance (PDA) ELENA: managed by the European Investment Bank, that provides grants (90%) for technical assistance to launch large-scale sustainable energy investments (>€30 million). Leverage factor of 1:20 (€1 needs to mobilise €20).
PDA under Horizon 2020 (call EE22) available for smaller project sizes (€6-50 million) and covers 100% of the eligible costs. Leverage factor of 1:15.  
European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF) The Fund operates as a dedicated bank to provide tailor-made debt and equity instruments for local and regional authorities. 
European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) A guarantee of €16 billion should cover first losses of higher-risk projects and an additional €5 billion allocation of EIB capital to co-invest. this should trigger private investments of €315 billion. 
The Renovation Loan The renovation loan is an ESIF instrument that aims to combine public and private money for energy efficiency investments between €5-30 million. It provides access to finance at preferential conditions for loans up to 20 years maturity
Integrated Territorial Investment instrument (ITI) The ITI is another vehicle to leverage ESI funding and provides an option for Member States to combine infrastructure investment in energy efficiency and training staff 
Private Financing for Energy Efficiency Investment (PF4EE) Under the EU's LIFE programmme together with the EIB, this pilot financial instrument will co-fund energy efficiency programmes. Currently this pilot programs started collaborations with local commercial banks.