EU Grants


Introduction

In the years 2014-2020 Poland will receive 82,5 billion euro from EU cohesion policy and 28 billion euro for agriculture. This means that in the years to come Poland will be the largest beneficiary of the EU cohesion policy funds among all Member States.

On May 23rd 2014 the European Commission has approved the Partnership Agreement, the most important document setting out the strategy for the European Funds in a country. Poland is one of the first countries who finished negotiating the Partnership Agreement. Negotiations are currently still being done in regard of the national and regional operational programs. The document contains:

  • The most important rules for investing EU funds;
  • Ties between the funds and the strategic documents;
  • The distribution of the funds for specific Programs;
  • The system of the Operational Programs;
  • The division of the responsibility for the management of EU funds between the regional and central level;

Here you can download the Partnership Agreement:

The amount dedicated to Poland consists of:

  • Approximately 76,9 billion euro for the operational programs, including more than 252 million euro for supporting the unemployed and young learners;
  • Approximately 700 million euro for European Territorial Cooperation Programs;
  • 4.1 billion euro for infrastructure projects of European interest in the field of transport, energy and information technology as part of instrument “Connection Europe”;
  • 473 million euro from the European Fund for Assistance of the Most Needy (EFAMN) for programs which provide food for those who need it the most and clothes and other essential items for the homeless and children living in difficult situations;
  • Approximately 287 million euro managed by the EC for technical assistance;
  • Approximately 71 million euro for innovate actions related to urban development;

Those funds can be invested amongst others in & and its commercialization, main road connections (highways, expressways), growth of companies, environmentally friendly transport (rail, public transport), digitalization of the country (broadband internet access, e-government services) and social and professional activation.

Enterprises will be one of the most important beneficiaries of the financial framework 2014-2020. The key issue to determine if a project is eligible for a certain program and for establishing the level of support is the size of the company: micro, small, medium-sized (SME) and large companies. For establishing the size of the company follow the main rules and apply the data shown in the table below:

COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 800/2008 of 6 August 2008, declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the common market in application of Articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty

  • Headcount, annual turnover OR annual balance total should be measured;
  • Take into account the data contained in your last approved annual accounts, also from mother-, daughter- and linked companies;
  • When thresholds are exceeded over two consecutive accounting periods this will result in change of the SME – status;

Also the location plays a major role in establishing the level of support:

Level of support is determined on the level of the province;

  • For big companies – see map;
  • For medium-sized companies – see map + 10%;
  • For micro and small companies – see map + 20%;
  • Amount of grant is topped off depending on the type of the call;

The table below shows what type of company can invest in what type of project:


Investments in new machines SME  
Energy efficiency increase SME BIG
Renewable energy sources SME BIG
Information technology SME BIG
Research and development and liaison with science SME BIG
Shared services centres   BIG

The funds available are divided into 6 national programs and 16 regional programs. Each of the programs has its own support priorities and distribution plan of the grants. Below you can find more about those programs.

Compared to the previous budget where approximately 25% of the total budget was allocated to the regions it will be now increased to almost 40%. Consequently, local governments will have more freedom in choosing the targets they want to achieve.

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National Programs

In the period 2014-2020, cohesion policy funds will be invested through 6 national operational programs, including a cross-regional one for the Eastern provinces of Poland (Lubelskie, Podkarpackie, Podlaskie, Świętokrzyskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie). The Partnership Agreement is their reference point. The national programs will be administered by the minister in charge of regional development. The shape of the national programs are currently in negotiations with the European Commission. The details are expected to be published by the end of 2014.

In the table below is presented how the funds for the national programs will be divided


Infrastructure and Environment Program 27,413.7 mln EUR
Intelligent Growth Program 8,613.90 mln EUR
Digital Poland Program 2,172.50 mln EUR
Knowledge, Educational, Development Program 4,689.30 mln EUR
Eastern Poland Program 2,000.0 mln EUR
Technical support Program 700.1 mln EUR

Here you can download the Program documents adopted by the Council of Minister from January 8th, 2014 (only Polish language version).

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Infrastructure and Environment Program

This Program will support energy efficiency and low-carbon economy projects, in particular in cities. Its main beneficiaries will be public bodies (incl. local authorities). Big companies will be able to obtain grants for investment in support of transition to low-emission economy, energy efficiency increase, use of renewable energy sources. Expected first call is to be announced in 1st or 2nd quarter of 2015.

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Intelligent Growth Program

This Program is the successor of Innovative Economy Program and it will focus on the development of innovation in the Polish economy by stimulating research and development and transferring the results to the economy sector. The Program will let SME’s as well as large enterprises to develop innovative projects including collaboration with scientific units in order to commercialize scientific research results.

This program will exist out of different types of calls of which “Technological Credit”. This type of call is solely for SME’s for smaller investment amounts and support can amount up to 6 mln PLN. DelKro has built up an extensive experience in this type of calls. Expected first call is to be announced in 1st quarter of 2015.

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Digital Poland Program

This Program aims to foster Internet development in Poland. The program is intended for public offices and their units, as well as telecommunication operators. The funds will be provided for building, development and upgrade of infrastructure allowing Internet access at 30 Mbps or higher. The Operational Program will support public administration in provision of public e-services. The Program will also finance projects dealing with e-integration, i.e. training and development of IT skills for people over 50, people inactive in the labor market, persons with disabilities, retirees, inhabitants of villages and small cities. The program funds are intended also for media campaigns, aiming to raise awareness of digital technologies.

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Knowledge, Education, Development Program

This Program is the successor of the Human Capital and aims to improve the quality and efficiency of the Polish higher education system. Under this program companies will be able to carry out projects involving training for employees so that the personnel competences and skills are developed.

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Eastern Poland Program

This Program will enhance the actions of other programs on the territory of Eastern Poland. This macro-region covers the five most disadvantaged Polish provinces: Lubelskie, Podkarpackie, Podlaskie, Świętokrzyskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie.

The Program focusses on the following four thematic objectives:

  • Strengthening research, technological development and innovation;
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, the agricultural sector and the fisheries and aquaculture sector;
  • Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors;
  • Promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures;

The objective of the Program will be implemented by means of support for:

  • Innovation and &;
  • Competitiveness of enterprises;
  • Transport systems in province cities and their functional areas;
  • Internal cohesion of the macro-region;

The Program contains five priority axes:

  • Priority axis I: Innovative Eastern Poland;
  • Priority axis II: Entrepreneurial Eastern Poland;
  • Priority axis III: Modern transport infrastructure;
  • Priority axis IV: Supra-regional Railway Infrastructure;
  • Priority axis V: Technical Assistance;
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Technical Support Program

This Program will ensure the smooth implementation of Structural and Investment Funds in Poland. It main priorities include potential institutions for implementing the cohesion policy, potential of the European Funds beneficiaries, information and promotion of the European Funds. This Program will have as beneficiaries public bodies.

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Regional Programs

The support under the Regional Operational Programs is going to be distributed in line with individual needs of the region. Such investments should complement with the national efforts on: popularizing information and telecommunication technologies, research, technological development and innovation, infrastructure, environmental protection as well as energy and transport.

The level of support is different for each of the 16 Provinces and is also depending on the size of the company. See graphic above. Local governments will have a bigger budget available and can set their own priorities. More money is being decentralized to the regions and its part in the cohesion policy budget will grow from the current 25% to 40%. Regional programs are very diverse and usual for smaller projects.

The graphic below shows the allocation of funds under the Regional Operational Programs by region.

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EU Grant Opportunities


Technological Credit

AIM:Implementation of innovative technology;
BENEFICIARIES:Small and medium sized companies;
PROJECT VALUEmin 1 mln PLN, max 50 mln EUR; (subject to changes, dependent on specific call);
SUBSIDY LIMIT:max 6 mln PLN, according to the regional support map;

Qualified costs in this type of projects include the purchase of machinery and equipment - as well buildings and grounds up to 50% of the total qualified costs. It also includes intangible assets and trainings of personnel as well as consulting services.

This Program is being realized by BGK (Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego). The project obliges to obtain external financing (in the form of a bank promise) up to 75% of the investment costs. The grant will be attributed in the form of a direct repayment of the credit.

Expected call: IV Q 2015;

For more details about specific criteria, the phases in a project and the importance of innovation please contact us. We can help you to match your project to the specific call requirements.

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R&D

AIM:R&D projects that launch a new technology or product, up to the development of a prototype or pilot project
BENEFICIARIES:Small-, medium sized and big companies;
PROJECT VALUE:min 2 mln PLN, max 50 mln €.
SUBSIDY LIMIT:max 15 mln € (if industrial work is more than 50% of the project value), or 20 mln € (if industrial research is more than 50% of the project value);

Qualified costs in this type of projects are defined as following:

SALARIES; Max. 860 hours of work per year
Subcontracting max. 50% of eligible costs.
OPERATING COSTS:The costs of research equipment and intangible assets (patents, licences)
AMORTIZATION:Equipment, devices, machinery, buildings
OVERHEADS:Up to 17% of eligible costs;

Expected call: 01.05.2015 -12.12.2015 (continuously)

There is also the option of & with implementation in order to include the investment costs of the next phase. For more details about specific criteria, the phases in a project and the importance of innovation please contact us. We can help you to match your project to the specific call requirements.

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Infrastructure and Environment Program

AIM:Support for transition to low-emission economy, energy efficiency increase, use of renewable energy sources.
BENEFICIARIES:Governments and large companies;
PROJECT VALUE:min 1 mln PLN, max 50 mln EUR; (subject to changes, dependent on specific call);
SUBSIDY LIMIT:max 20 mln EUR

Qualified costs in this type project include the purchase of new machinery and equipment as well as buildings and building works (up to 50% of qualified costs).

Expected call: 2Q 2015;

For more details about specific criteria, the phases in a project and the importance of innovation please contact us. We can help you to match your project to the specific call requirements.


Innovation Voucher in SME’s 31.08.2015 – 30.12.2015

On 31.07.2015 was announced a call (task: 2.3.2) of the Operational Programme Development of Intelligent.

The Innovation Vouchers initiative is open to all small and medium-sized limited companies registered in Poland.

Eligible costs:

  • purchase or order of new or significantly improved product, service, technology or a new design project
  • purchase or order of service (related to innovation, not technological), provided it was accompanied by the service referred to in the previous sentence. (max 15% of project costs)
  • the cost of materials which are necessary to provide the service, involving the development of new or significantly improved product, service, technology or a new design project. (max 15% of project costs)

Contractor services referred to above must be granted by research units with a scientific category A +, A or B.

Minimum project value: PLN 60,000.00

The maximum value of the project: PLN 400,000.00

Maximum grant:

  • Micro and small enterprises: 80%
  • Medium-sized enterprises: 70%

Funding is provided under the de minimis rule.

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Regional Funds

The range of the projects in the regional funds are very diverse and differ for each region. Calls are announced in every region differently and are focused on different topics.

The level of support is depending on the SME-status of the applicant and the region where the investment will take place. Regional funds are solely intended for governments and Small and Medium sized Companies.

The eligible costs may vary in voivodeships, but the most common include:

  • costs of fixed assets (machinery, equipment, furniture)
  • costs of intangible assets (eg. software, licenses, patents)
  • cost of construction works required for the project

Other criteria such as project value and subsidy limit are dependent on the specific call as well as the call criteria.

Expected calls: The first calls are expected to be announced in IV Q 2015;

Do you have a project/ investment/ training planned in the near future and your company has an SME-status? Then do not hesitate to present to us your project and we will match it to the right call.

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Others

You haven’t found yet the right program for your investment?

Do not hesitate to contact us to check to what programs your project will match. We also provide European projects in the Horizon 2020, Norwegian Fund, Polish-Swiss Fund as well as other national programs such as GEKON, LIFE, INNOMED etc.

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