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EEA GRANTS - Small Grants Scheme #3 - Projects to strengthen climate change adaptation at local level

DEADLINE DATE: 24 march 2020 until 12:00:00 (GMT)


AVAILABLE FUND: 2.650.000€

GRANT RATES: The eligible costs of the selected projects will be funded up to a maximum rate of 85%.

DURATION OF PROJECTS: Between 18 and 30 months. Final date of elegibility is 30 April 2024.





Promoting the good environmental state of the ecosystems and reducing the adverse effects of pollution and other human activities, in its priority areas climate change adaptation measures in an integrated fashion with various sectors, in line with the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2020 (ENAAC 2020) and the Action Programme for Adaptation to Climate.

Priority Areas

A. Drawing up Climate Change Adaptation Plans and Strategies on a local scale.

This priority area aims to drawing up of adaptation plans and strategies on a local scale, as well as the integration of adaptation actions and measures in municipal and inter municipal territorialmanagement plans and in sectorial policy tools on a local scale.

In this priority area, applicants may include projects to draw up municipal and inter municipal strategies and plans for adaptation to climate change on a local scale in regions not yet covered by this type of tool.

B - Operationalising Climate Change Adaptation Plans and Strategies on a local scale.

Develop actions and projects for adaptation to climate change, presented in the various existing planning exercises, of a territorial nature (local or regional), acting on the vulnerabilities related to climate change in national


Mainland Portugal and in the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira, , without prejudice to the activities that are developed in the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) under partnerships established in the selected projects.


Local authorities responsible for climate change adaptation and mitigation plans and measures, established as legal persons in Portugal.


Any public or private entity, commercial or non-commercial, along with non-governmental organizations that have been legally established as a legal person in the donor states, or any international organization that is actively involved in implementing the proposed project.


The eligible direct expenditures for a project are those expenditures, which are identified by the Project Promoter, and/or the project partner, in accordance with their accounting  principles and usual internal rules, as specific expenditures directly linked to the Implementation of the project and which can therefore be booked to it directlY. The following direct expenditures are eligible:

  • The cost of staff assigned to the project, comprising actualsalaries plussocialsecurity charges and other statutory costs included in the remuneration, provided that this corresponds to the Project Promoter’s and project partner’s usual policy on remuneration;
  • Travel and subsistence allowances for staff taking part in the project. Having regard to the principle of proportionality;
  • Cost of new or second hand equipment. In case the Programme Operator determines that the equipment is an integral and necessary component for achieving the outcomes of the project;
  • Costs of consumables and supplies, provided that they are identifiable and assigned to the project;
  • Costs entailed by other contracts awarded by a Project Promoterforthe purposes of carrying out the project;
  • Costs arising directly from requirements imposed by the project contract for each project