‘Communities for Climate’ launches: An initiative to support local citizens’ actions to respond to climate change

The Communities for Climate (C4C), an initiative of the European Commission, will support 50 community-led projects in eleven countries of the EU, accompanying them in the realisation of new and innovative ideas for citizens engagement to address climate and sustainability issues. These lighthouse projects will receive tailored support to help them develop a climate-related project, to become replicable models for other local communities willing to engage in climate projects across the EU.

ECOLISE is a participating member of the consortium, along with our network member DRIFT, the Dutch Research Institute for Transition and old colleagues AEIDL, the European Association for Innovation in Local Development and ReScoop, the European Federation of Citizen Energy Cooperatives.

A call to select the 50 Communities for Climate projects is being launched to the attention of local communities committed to climate actions in the following areas:
💡 renewable energy,
💧 sustainable water management,
🔄 circular and resource-efficient economy,
🌱 regenerating biodiversity

 The selected initiatives will be located in one of the eleven eligible EU countries: Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Sweden.

C4C in more detail

Climate change is no longer a distant threat but a pressing reality. Floods, fires, droughts, and the loss of biodiversity are impacting people worldwide. In response to these climate, ecological and related socio-economic challenges, the European Commission is kick-starting the Communities for Climate – C4C pilot action.

Communities for Climate aim to harness the power of citizens-based local initiatives in response to the urgency of climate change by supporting 50 local climate-related community projects, to empower these communities to become beacons for others, providing replicable examples and good practices locally to inspire broader change across Europe.

Some benefits for the selected local communities include specialised expertise, peer-learning, customised study visits, mentoring and coaching, and guidance on ways to make local community projects impactful and visible at European, national and local levels.

The deadline for submissions is set for 21st April 2024 23:59 CET. Interested applicants can learn more about the initiative by joining one of the informational webinar:

Italy: Event information: 18 March 2024, 14:00-15:00 CET
Webinar recording
France: Event information: 19 March 2024, 12:00-13:00 CET
Webinar recording
Event information: 20 March 2024, 10:00-11:00 CET
Event information: 21 March 2024, 11:00-11.45 CET
Webinar recording
Event information: 22 March 2024, 14:00-15:00 CET
Webinar recording
Event information: 26 March 2024, 18:30-19:30 CET
Webinar recording
Event information: 27 March 2024, 12:00-13:00 CET
Event information: 27 March 17:00-18:00 EET
Webinar recording
Event information:  27 March, 18:00-19:00 CET
28 March, 13:30-14:30 EET
Event information: 29 March 2024, 18:00-19:00 EET
Webinar recording

More resources

For more information about the initiative, the call for applications, and the informational webinar, visit the website of the C4C initiative. You can go through this checklist to help you in assessing your eligibility for this call.  If you wish to join the Communities for Climate, please fill in the application form.

If you have a specific question that is not addressed in the call text or the Q&A list, you can send an email to c4c@aeidl.eu 


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