START - Overview

Information to the Calls

What is START?

The realisation of projects and initiatives is essential for the success of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).    

START – Danube Region Project Fund is a new pilot initiative of the EUSDR and provides small grants for the development and implementation of Danube Region projects in the form of Seed Money

Seed Money means that beneficiaries receive an early pre-financing in order to cover the project expenses from the beginning. This helps especially small organisations with limited resources to START their projects.

START is coordinated by PAC 10 (Priority Area Coordination 10 of the EUSDR) of the City of Vienna, with the involvement of all Priority Areas. EuroVienna ensures the operational implementation of the Facility.

START is financed for 95% by the European Commission and for 5% by the City of Vienna. The implementation of START will run until the end of 20162 calls for project proposals are foreseen. The allocation to the first Call amounts to € 900.000,-. The allocation to the second Call amounts to 450.000€,-.

Basic eligibility conditions

Basic principles to be eligible for START funding:

  • Projects located in the entire Danube Region:
    • EU Member States: Germany (Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria), Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia;
    • EU Accession Countries: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro and
    • Non-EU Countries: Moldova and Ukraine (part of the country located in the Danube Region).
  • In principle, projects must involve at least two partners from two EUSDR countries.
  • Eligible applicants are public or private organisations with legal personality (no individuals). START is especially designed for small institutions, non-governmental and civil society organisations.
  • Projects which address topic(s) from at least one of the Priority Areas (PA) of the EUSDR:
  • Projects must be of public interest and have a macro-regional impact.

What kinds of project does START support?

START is designed to support two different types of projects:

A) A specific part of a larger project

The budget of the overall project is larger than available START funding (but below € 25M):

START can finance e.g. the preparation phase and/or the implementation of specific work packages of the overall project.

Result: specific work packages are completed.

B) A small project

The total budget of the project fits within the limits of START:

START can finance the entire project implementation (incl. preparation activities, if any).

Result: the project is completed

 For both types of projects (A and B), START funding can be used to carry out following activities:

Project development activities

  • prepare the project concept/action plan, follow up steps, a communication strategy, etc.
  • defining the budget for project implementation
  • finding funding options
  • prepare and submit an application for funding
  • building strategic partnerships, networking

Project implementation activities

  • organise specific workshops, seminars, trainings, networking events etc.
  • organise/take part in public events, panel discussions, etc.
  • conduct research studies, evaluations, surveys, etc
  • conduct actions relevant for the project

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