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Which requirements should my project meet?

Municipalities, associations of municipalities, associations and other public hand private legal persons and natural persons who conduct a business, can apply for a grant at the Interreg programme Germany-Netherlands. Under certain conditions also individuals who carry a company, can file an application. The following criteria must always be met:

Cross-border character

The most important criterium for the approval of a grant-application is that the project should have a cross-border character, and that this character must reveal itself in a common development, a common implementation, a common effort, a common deployment of personnel and a common funding between the project partners on both sides of the border. For projects falling under priority 1 and 2, it is desirable to involve partners from the whole programme area, whereas projects in priority 3 and 4 can be regionally oriented.

Another important point is that the project should be sustainable and shouldn’t be in conflict with the European community law and with the national legislation.

To appoint a lead partner

For each project a leadpartner is appointed, which is de single contact point within the project, and is responsible for all the project applications. The applicants will be accompanied and supported by the regional programme managements at the four Euregio’s in the programme area. The regional programme managements can provide information about the subsidy criteria on both sides of the border. The projectapplication can be submitted at the relevant regional programme management in the region where the leadpartner is established.

Contribution to programme objectives

Even more than in the last programme, the programmeresults, in the subsidy period 2021-2027, are very important for the European commission. This includes a logical link between the objectives and the results of each individual project of the programme. For this reason every project should fit within one of the four priorities of the programme and should contribute to the programme objectives.

Within the framework of the Cohesion Policy 2021-2027, four priorities (areas with thematic objectives) have been identified to promote economic growth, employment, social integration and better cooperation in the border region in the Interreg VI programme Germany-Netherlands:

  1. A more innovative programme area
  2. A greener programme area
  3. Working together on a connected border area
  4. A Europe closer to its citizens in the border area

These priorities are based on the national and regional strategies of the 15 programme partners and are intended to enable the programme area to develop as successfully as possible. Each project is assigned to a single priority. This allocation is made to those priority whose thematic objectives correspond most closely to the project content.

Would you like to apply for your own project?

For more information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please contact the regional programme management in your area. Please get in touch with the relevant contact person.

All dates and deadlines for submitting applications can be found here.

The framework guideline for the Interreg programme, which contains all the funding regulations, can also be downloaded here (in German).