Greening Social Economy


Programme: Single Market Programme

Main objective:  

The call for proposals foresees the following outcome:

  • Improved capacity of social economy SMEs and entrepreneurs to perform on the green transition
  • Enhanced transnational cooperation of public authorities and other stakeholders on the identification and implementation of sustainability practices for the proximity and social economy ecosystem
  • Fostered cross-sectorial cooperation and knowledge transfer between social economy SMEs and start-ups, mainstream businesses, consultancies, business support centres and incubators with regard to the uptake of green skills and the development of more sustainable products and services
  • Evidence-based integration of sustainable innovative processes by social economy SMEs and start-ups boosting their competitiveness and creating potential new market opportunities
  • Further investment of social economy SMEs in sustainable alternatives, capacity building and knowledge transfer.

Activities must fall under at least one of the following themes:

  • Improving social economy SMEs environmental footprint
  • Boosting the sustainable contribution of social economy entities to circular economy
  • Testing, implementing and scaling-up innovative green solutions by social economy SMEs and entrepreneurs
  • Capacity building and expertise sharing about environmental impact of social economy SMEs
  • Setting up investment or financial vehicles to finance the green transition of social economy
  • Fostering social economy SMEs’ capacity and skills to improve their use of new digital technologies for green purposes
  • Evaluating skills, infrastructure and investment needs required to enable social economy entities to meet climate targets in the long term.

Who is eligible: 

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of applicants, which complies with the following conditions:

  • at least six independent entities from at least three different eligible countries
  • at least one social economy intermediary, per participating country involved in the consortium
  • a minimum of one and a maximum of two support organisations active at EU level, such as sectorial member federations and associations or networks representing social economy entities
Stream Sort
Financing Type:
Funding Theme:
Capacity Building
Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Target Geographies:
EU Member States
EEA countries