How are cities accessing funds?
Many of the signatories to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy use European funding programmes and grants to co-finance part of their Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAP) development or implementation.
About 80% of EU funding is granted through programmes managed in the EU countries themselves through structural funds. However, some funds are directly handled by the Euro - pean Commissions or dedicated agencies and secretariat, through calls for proposals which are part of dedicated funding programmes.
The managing authorities or the National Contact Point at national level can help you get familiar with each of these funds and understand how to apply. You can also check the funding page of the Covenant of Mayors to get to know better each of these funds.
The first section of this booklet presents some useful tips and tricks on how to apply for centralised funding programmes. The second part goes more in detail of some funding pro - grammes and projects with a view of getting ready for the next funding period 2021-2027.