The preliminary coordination of project ideas takes place together with the representatives for regional management and regional initiatives at the district governments and the State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy on the basis of a project outline. If the project is basically eligible for funding, a draft application is prepared by the regional initiative. Once a sufficiently mature draft has been submitted, a consultation meeting is held with the Regional Initiative, the government and the State Ministry.
Submission of applications
Applications must be submitted to the responsible district government at least six weeks before the planned start of funding.
The respective district government (higher regional planning authority) is responsible for approval. The approval period for the funding of future projects is a maximum of three years. After this period, follow-up funding for a further three years is possible. The approval period for funding for strategy development, on the other hand, is a maximum of two years.
The local government is responsible for the technical monitoring of project implementation. Two steering group meetings must be convened during the funding period (middle and end of the funding period) to document the progress of the project. In addition, progress reports including interim evaluations on project progress must be submitted. The verification of the use of funds is also carried out by the government.
Applications for funding can be submitted within the period of validity of the Regional Development - Regional Management funding guideline (01.01.2024 - 31.12.2026).
The start of a funding phase is possible on the 1st or 15th of each month.