SWITCH-Asia and Central Asia II Call for Proposals: Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production

Deadline: 28 February 2019

The European Union (EU) is accepting proposals from eligible organisations for a programme entitled “SWITCH-Asia and Central Asia II – Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production”.

Objectives

The global objective of this call for proposals is to promote inclusive sustainable growth, to contribute to the economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Asia and Central Asia and to support the development of a green economy and the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy in the 24 target countries.

Priority Areas

  • address sustainable supply chains management with a focus on green trade and on facilitating the integration of MSMEs into supply chains.
  • support sustainable consumption and consumer awareness on SCP.
  • focus on either large industrial parks and large economic zones or clusters of SMEs in order to produce bankable projects.

Funding Information

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • minimum amount: EUR 1.000.000
  • maximum amount: EUR 3.000.000

Target Groups

  • Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) and eco-entrepreneurs. Large companies are not identified as beneficiaries of the programme, but engagement with them (e.g. retailers committed to sustainable sourcing) and synergies with their SCP related initiatives are encouraged;
  • Consumer organisations and consumer groups who will benefit from better-quality and environmentally friendly products;
  • Business intermediaries and service providers (e.g. industry associations, chambers of commerce, clusters, organisations/associations of MSMEs, retailers, financial institutions, research centres, etc.);
  • Trade federations and workers associations;
  • Not-for-profit organisations aiming at pursuing sustainable development;
  • Governmental institutions, local authorities and government-sponsored entities that provide support services to MSMEs and/or that are responsible for policy and regulatory frameworks on SCP, industry and/or enterprises.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Lead applicant
    • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any ofn the situations
  • Co-applicant(s)
    • Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
    • Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.
  • Affiliated entities
    • Affiliated entity(ies): the lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies).
    • Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to coapplicant(s):
      • Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
      • This structural link encompasses mainly two notions:
        • Control, as defined in Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
        • Entities affiliated to an applicant may hence be:
          • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
          • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
          • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).
        • Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association) as the proposed affiliated entities.

How to Apply

In order to apply for the grants, applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2RTNYLO and download the guidelines.

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