How to create programmes financing circular economy projects

Even though the number of different funding sources for circular economy initiatives is growing, city authorities, regional development agencies, and other urban institutions can accelerate the circular transition by using their own budgets to finance local circular projects and organisations. In this way, they can speed-up the circular transition in their city and ensure that developments are in line with local needs and ambitions.

Setting-up and implementing an effective circular funding programme is crucial. Cities and other urban actors must make the right choices when it comes to the three key phases of a funding programme’s life cycle, described in this part of the Circular City Funding Guide: (1) programme design, (2) project screening and selection, and (3) project monitoring and support. The information is developed based on the experiences of front-runner cities, as well as on initiatives by leading funding and financing institutions.

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Design funding programme iconDesigning a funding programme

Guidance on how to design and set up effective funding and financing schemes for circular city projects.

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Project screening and selection

Screening and assessment criteria including circular economy project characteristics and bankability criteria.

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Project monitoring and support

Monitoring and reporting indicators for circular economy projects and ways to provide support.

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