Two types of funding:
- Travel Support Facility for partner search and preparations of partnership projects
- Co-financing for individual (main) projects in Poland
Co-financing of projects:
- Eligible under Regional Investment Aid (ref. new GBER Map for Poland)
- Grant intensity normally from 30% to 50%.
- The Applicant must provide the remaining co-financing.
Who could apply?
- Private SMEs legally established in Poland
- Entities legally established in Norway could apply for Travel Support Facility
- Eligible entities (Ref. Call for Project Proposals) could apply for individual project financing
Travel Support Call
Call for proposals for travel support has been prolonged until 31 July 2017.
What we offer?
Travel Support in the form of a lump sum of EUR 1,200 per Polish entity in order to meet and discuss with Norwegian entities innovative and green bilateral projects.
Who can apply?
Polish private small and medium size enterprises, constituted as legal entities in Poland according to Polish legislation.
Project ideas must be within the scope of PL-18 and they need to be relevant with the main line of business of the applying entity.
Applications for travel support shall be submitted to Innovation Norway at any time, but not later than 31 July 2017 and will be assessed on a continuous basis.
For details see document "Guidelines for Travel Support"
Reallocation of funds
The assesment process of limited call for funds available for reallocation due to cancellations in other projects has been finished on May 1st 2016. 14 Project Promoters have been offered additional grant support. Funds were available for additional activities of already approved projects in the frame of the Green Industry Innovation Programme Poland, provided that the additional activities contribute to the objectives of the Project Promoters signed Project Contract.
For detailed regulations see the document "Reallocation of funds".
The assesment process of selecting eligible projects and awarding the grants was finished by June 2015. Out of 30 Project Promoters that received a positive grant decission 28 signed the project contract and started their activities. Please use a link on the right hand side for the complete list of applicants.
All Project Promoters are currently implementing their projects. When first projects will be completed or reach and important step in the process the details will be presented in "Results" section of this website.
The technical implementation and financial reporting of project activities is expected to be completed by April 2017.
Programme Essential Reading
Understanding the objectives of the financial support from this Programme requires a thorough reading. Available attachments, presented in this section, apply under current programme and explain the core part of project legal frame and rules for implementation.
All the necessary reading about eligible target groups, eligible activities, eligible expenses, state aid regulations, rules and procedures for applications and publicity are listed on the right hand side and are availalble for download.
● Launch of the programme on 18 February 2014
● Call for Project Proposals closed on 28 May 2014
● 83 applications received (18 with Norwegian partners)
● 28 applications approved and projects started
● Limited call for additional funds closed on 31 March 2016
● EUR 17 833 000 allocated to the projects
For any questions please send us an email to email@example.com
Mrs. Ewa Kwast, Senior Adviser, Innovation Norway, Warsaw, Tel: +48 225810585
Mr. Konrad Konieczny, Programme Officer, Innovation Norway, Warsaw Tel. +485810590
Mr. Knut Ringstad, Programme Manager, Innovation Norway, Oslo, tel. +47 41658524Contact Persons
Guidelines to potential partners from the donor states: http://eeagrants.org/Partnerships/Partnership-guide
Frequently asked questions
- How to interpret „eco-innovation”?
- The project should aim to achieve a more efficient and responsible use of natural resources (please see definition in Call text, section.1)
- Where can I find more specific information about the documents to be attached to the Application Form?
- See Call for Project Proposals § 13, Documents of specific importance to the Call.
- How can I find out if my project is eligible? Part 1
- The starting point should be that the project will result in improvement of the environmental performance of your enterprise (the applicant). See part 2:
- How can I find out if my project is eligible? Part 2
- Secondly, the project must develop and implement activities within the enterprise in one or more of the areas set in Call for Project Proposals (section 2, "Eligible Activities", page 4). See part 3:
- How can I find out if my project is eligible? Part 3
- Thirdly, the project must contribute directly to one or more of the programme indicators.
- How will you define “the applicant’s (and eventual partner’s) main activity, which should be closely related to the activities for which an application is made”? Part 1
- This will be assessed by checking information from registration certificate and statutes. The main activity should be presented by using NACE class code. See part 2
- How will you define “the applicant’s (and eventual partner’s) main activity, which should be closely related to the activities for which an application is made”? Part 2
- Ex: if the main activity is "treatment and disposal of non-hazardous waste" the NACE code is 38.21. If enterprise has other activities secondary activities they could be eligible, but only if they are clearly linked to the main activity of the enterprise.
- Is this programme mainly meant for innovation in the green industry only?
- No, the aim is to contribute to make the industry in Poland greener through innovation.
- What are the requirements to get a travel grant? Part 1
- A travel grant of 1200 Euro is available for one person per entity in order to develop a partnership between an entity in Poland and an entity in Norway. In order to get such a grant you need to be an eligible applicant, See part 2
- What are the requirements to get a travel grant? Part 2
- or partner, with an eligible project idea. The grant will only be awarded directly to the company. A consultant can't get a grant in order to represent one or more companies in search for partners.
- I have a land plot and would like to develop a solar or wind park. Would this be eligible? Part 1
- Projects with the purpose of building energy production capacity (green- field projects) are not considered to be within the scope, nor of the four eligible activities outlined in the Call for Project Proposals: See part 2
- I have a land plot and would like to develop a solar or wind park. Would this be eligible? Part 2
- 1. Development, implementation and investment in innovative environmental friendly technologies 2. Development of green products and services 3. Development and implementation of "greener production processes", and 4. Training, See part 3
- I have a land plot and would like to develop a solar or wind park. Would this be eligible? Part 3
- awareness raising and verifications as a secondary activity related to the above activities. However, development of technology to be used in solar or wind parks. See part 4
- I have a land plot and would like to develop a solar or wind park. Would this be eligible? Part 4
- could beeligible. The same goes for projects with the objective to make a manufacturing company greener by replacing their source of energy with a more environmentally friendly source.
- How do you define SME- “private enterprise”? Part 1
- Category of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is made up of enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding 50 mill euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 mill euro See 2
- How do you define SME- “private enterprise”? Part 2
- In addition, a company will in general not be considered to be a SME if more than 25 % of the capital or the voting rights are held by a large company or by public bodies. However, the threshold will be 50 % if the investors are See part 3
- How do you define SME- “private enterprise”? Part 3
- public investment corporations, venture capital companies and business angels, universities and non-profit research centres, institutional investors, including regional development funds or autonomous local authorities with an annual budget See part 4
- How do you define SME- “private enterprise”? Part 4
- of less than 10 million euro and fewer than 5,000 inhabitants.
- Is cash co-financing a requirement in the programme? Part 1
- In cash co-financing can be provided by the Applicant, the Partner(s) or a combination. You have to agree on this and include it in the Partnership Agreement.
- Is cash co-financing a requirement in the programme? Part 2
- (A Partnership Template with further guidance is available on this web-site.) Man-hour contributions from the Applicant and Project Partner(s) may be accepted as cash contribution based on the approved hourly rate for salaries.
- Is cash co-financing a requirement in the programme? Part 3
- Whether the Applicant can provide evidence of the full financing of the whole project is one of the most important selection criteria. This is the responsibility of the applicant. The standard letter of commitment for Applicants and See part 4
- Is cash co-financing a requirement in the programme? Part 4
- Partners can be uploaded from the programme website. The applicants and any partner's financial ability to carry through the project will be assessed on a case-to-case basis. Innovation Norway will make their independent assessment of the See Part 5
- Is cash co-financing a requirement in the programme? Part 5
- creditworthiness of the applicant and partners and obtain credit reports as well. The grant offer letter will outline in detail the financing requirements in special conditions.
- How do we calculate the hourly rate for man-hour as cash co-financing?
- Calculation of man-hour rate shall be based on the real costs of the employer, but limited to the salaries, social contribution (gross salary) and overheads (see Rules & Procedures, article 2.4.).
- Shall we include VAT in the budget?
- For enterprises the VAT is recoverable and shall not be included. (see Rules & Procedures, article 4.1.3. 3) e).)
- Do I have to draw up a detailed budget when I submit an application, or should the budget be submitted after the project has been approved?
- Yes, you have to submit a detailed budget in line with the budget template on the website. The grant offer letter may require further information about an updated budget as well.
- “Project related expenses in EUR, grant rate as category” Part 1
- Question: In the spreadsheet template downloaded from your website (Detailed Activity Based Budget) there are two sections; the first section contain the same five type of activities as in the Application Form as described above.
- “Project related expenses in EUR, grant rate as category” Part 2
- The second section contains "Project related expenses in EUR, grant rate as category". Where in the Application Form should I fill in the data belonging to the second section of the spreadsheet?
- “Project related expenses in EUR, grant rate as category” Part 3
- Answer: The total of any project related expenses may be added to the most relevant state aid category in the Application Form. (If the project is mainly related to investment, it must be included in the line "plant and equipment" in the Application Form.
- “Project related expenses in EUR, grant rate as category” Part 4
- For regional investment, all costs should be capitalized in the balance sheet. For other categories, management cost could be included in personnel cost ".
- In the Application Form, in the section called “Expense budget green industry innovation”, is it possible to tick all boxes and fill in expenses for all the five different state aid categories of activities?
- Yes, this is possible.
- Under which budget category could I include expenses related to the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) component?
- CSR could be included under Training in the Application Form as it is considered to increase the capacity of the applicant entity in the environmental field. If investment in this field is relevant it should be capitalized in the balance sheet.
- How should the 10% limitation on investments in land and buildings be interpreted? Part 1
- There is an opening for the approval of a higher percentage after approval and justification. Reasons for this could, for example, be an investment in a pilot/demonstration building for new and energy-saving constructions.
- How should the 10% limitation on investments in land and buildings be interpreted? Part 2
- Energy saving in existing buildings will not be subject to that limitation.
- Should the project expenditure budget also include expenditure that is not eligible? Part 1
- Yes, if this expenditure is crucial for the implementation of the project, it should be stated in the budget attachment, and its financing should be commented on. The application form should, however, only include expenditure which is deemed to See part 2
- Should the project expenditure budget also include expenditure that is not eligible? Part 2
- be eligible. Eligible expenditures are detailed in the Rules and Procedures, article 4.1 and further elaborated on in the General Block Exemption Regulations. Please see the link under the section called "Relevant web-sites".
- What are the procurement rules applicable for projects developed by private entities? Part 1
- National and European Union legislation on public procurement shall be complied with at any level in the implementation of a project. A Project Promoter that receives 50% or more as public funding of the eligible expenditures of the project See part 2
- What are the procurement rules applicable for projects developed by private entities? Part 2
- shall conduct its procurement for that project in compliance with the national public procurement law as though the project promoter were a contracting authority, if the applicable EU public procurement thresholds are exceeded. (Rules and Procedures 5.2)