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Guide to EU tourism funding


The online guide to EU tourism funding is a digital tool that brings together and highlights the large set of programmes and initiatives providing financial resources, particularly to companies and other agents in the sector, based on the new 2021-2027 EU Budget (long-term EU budget) as well as under the NextGenerationEU programme, a temporary instrument used to promote the EU’s recovery from the effects of the pandemic.

Under the Portuguese presidency, and seeking to contribute to achieving the goal of a more digital, sustainable and inclusive EU, the Council of the European Union invite​​​d the European Commission to present an informative tool on EU tourism funding by the end of 2021. Though it is still under development, the European Commission has since made the guide to EU funding for tourism available.  Guide on EU fundig for tourism.
This guide focuses on practical issues relating to the most important EU funding programmes for the tourism sector. It is organised into four steps to help users find what they are looking for, listing links to relevant pages and sites and providing up-to-date information on current programmes, as well as specific projects funded by previous programmes. It also provides useful information on who can provide technical assistance to draft projects, including on a local level, or offer support in finding investment partners.
Step 1
Factors such as the eligibility of beneficiaries (who can apply), eligible activities and/or projects (which actions can receive funding), the various types of funding/funds available (types of funding available), and where and when they can be presented, proposed or submitted, are answered in the guide, which seeks to cover only the essentials so as to find and present the appropriate programme to users searching for information.
Step 2
A range of information is available, as well as advice on drafting and submitting proposals and applications, allowing you to familiarise yourself with specific online forms and providing contact details for further help, if necessary.
Step 3
Given that some (sub)programmes support cross-border or trans-European projects, programme pages or websites dedicated to a specific call for tenders typically have a section where potential partners based in several EU countries can present or request partnerships.
Step 4
Submission of the proposal, request, offer or application within the deadline stipulated for each programme.

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