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PRIORITY AXIS 1

Strengthening research, technological development and innovation

PRIORITY AXIS 2

Sustainable mobility and energy savings

PRIORITY AXIS 3

Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty

PRIORITY AXIS 4

Education and learning and support of employment

Operational Programme Prague – Growth Pole of the Czech Republic

In the programming period 2014-2020, Prague has a unique opportunity to obtain money for the development of the necessary areas from the European structural and investment funds (ESI) thanks to its own multi-fund Operational Programme Prague – Growth Pole of the Czech Republic (OP PGP). There is a sum of 201 590 104 EUR available in two funds.
One is the European Social Fund (ESF), which invests in people, focusing on the improvement of employment and training opportunities, and also trying to help people who are disadvantaged for any reason, whether due to physical or mental disability, or because of the social conditions in which they grew up and live.
The second is the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Its aim is to ensure that the economic and social disparities among the individual areas diminish. Out of all funds it has the largest amount of money that can be invested in manufacturing, transport, education, construction of social and health centres. This fund should contribute to creating new jobs, improving transport accessibility and to an overall increase in living standards.
As the City of Prague is a more developed region, the European Commission has set a condition for it of 50% co-financing of the EU sources, therefore another EUR 201 590 104, paid from the national sources, must be added to that amount. Those include public resources (sources from the City of Prague budget) and private sources (funding invested into projects by the grant beneficiaries).
Funding earmarked for the Prague operational programme is divided into 4 areas, so called priority axes: the Prague operational programme is divided into 4 areas, so called priority axes

Strengthening research, technological development and innovation

Within the priority axe there are finances available for investment projects funded by European Regional Development Fund

Focus:

  • Proof-of-concept – verification of feasibility of research outcomes, verification of outcome commercial potential, preparation for implementation of outcomes into practice, increase the technology and knowledge transfer between research organizations and the application sphere.
  • Innovation demand for the public sector – realization of public procurement for services in the field of research and development, the objective of which is to develop new solutions meeting the needs of the public sector
  • Innovation and specialized voucher types – promoting cooperation between research institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises, supporting business development and product / production innovation of start-ups
  • Technology parks and incubators – expansion and improvement of space capacities, specific equipment and facilities, human resources development and development of technology parks ad incubators
  • Development of starting innovative enterprises– supporting innovative enterprises by using financial instruments (non-subsidy aid)


Who can apply?

The City of Prague, Prague city boroughs, organisations established by and funded by the City of Prague and the city boroughs, organisations for research and dissemination of knowledge, businesses, non-governmental non-profit organisations, professional and interest groups

Sustainable mobility and energy savings

Within the priority axe there are finances available for investment projects funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Focus:

  • Energy savings in public transport facilities – efficiency improvement of electric energy using rail vehicles, lighting system renovation, installation of effective equipment using renewable sources of energy, replacement of escalators
  • Energy saving in the urban road transport – reducing the energy intensity of signalling devices, replacement of sodium lights in the illuminating system, energy-efficient lighting of P+R facilities, energy-efficient measures on the vertical traffic signs (large signal boards) and pedestrian crossings, reducing the energy consumption of traffic light signals
  • Transformation of energy-intensive city buildings into near zero-energy buildings – installation of integrated smart systems, which will allow for the centralisation of full monitoring, control and planning of functions of the buildings’ systems, thermal insulation of the cladding, use of insulating greenery, use of green roofs, upgrades of the HVAC systems
  • Building catchment car parks of the P+R system – the building of P+R facilities or the car park area itself, access roads in the vicinity of local road network leading to implemented car park, barrier-free pedestrian access from P+R car park to follow-up railway transport, lighting and car park signage to an appropriate extent, parking spaces for the recharging of electric vehicles.
  • Measures to ensure priority of public transport in traffic – building of a new section of tram lane separate from other traffic, building or marking of bus lanes, modifying traffic light signalling systems to give preference to trams or buses and related modification of the stops.

    Who can apply?

The City of Prague, its city boroughs, organisations established by and run by the City of Prague and its city boroughs, the Prague Transit Company (DP), Technical Administration of Roadways of the City of Prague (TSK), organisations for research and knowledge transfer, the Railway Infrastructure Administration (SZDC), Prague Integrated Transport organiser (ROPID)

Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty

Within the priority axe there are finances available for investment projects, funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and for non-investment projects, funded by European Social Fund (ESF).

Investment projects focus (ERDF):

  • Homelessness issue – building and reconstruction of shelter homes, low-threshold day centres, drop-in centres, basis creation for services in the field, etc.
  • Community life – foundation or expansion of community centres and community life spaces – reconstruction, expansion of buildings, buying equipment, etc.
  • Social housing – reconstruction, reparation and modification of flats for social housing, including training housing and follow-up starter housing
  • Social entrepreneurship – establishment of new and development of the existing social enterprises, renovation and purchase of equipment and facilities, connection between social entrepreneurship and other forms of social services, e.g. shelter housing


Non-investment projects focus (ESF):

  • Community life – social and cultural activities, educational activities, environmental activities, free-time activities, activities of public enlightenment, preventive and informational activities to support healthy life style, community social work, low-threshold and no-threshold activities
  • Social entrepreneurship – operation of newly established and development of existing social enterprises

    Who can apply?

The City of Prague, Prague city boroughs, organisations established by and run by the City of Prague and its city boroughs, non-governmental non-profit organisations, businesses (which are expected to have a publicly beneficial intention).

Education and learning and support of employment

Within the priority axe there are finances available for investment projects, funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and for non-investment projects, funded by European Social Fund (ESF).

Investment projects focus (ERDF):

  • Increasing capacity and quality of early-childhood, primary and secondary education and childcare facilities for children under 3 years of age
  • Supporting the establishment of new forms of alternative non-parental early-childhood care
  • Creation of new classes in the existing buildings of nurseries
  • Creation of new classes in the existing buildings of primary schools (integration of pupils with special educational needs)
  • Improving the quality and accessibility of infrastructure at schools in order to adapt the educational establishments to the needs of integration of children and pupils with special educational needs and the development of key competences


    Non-investment projects focus (ESF):

  • Development of conditions for inclusive education, introducing the principles of multicultural education into schools
  • Strengthening the cooperation of nurseries, primary and secondary schools with the non-profit sector, cultural and sport institutions and municipal administration and of their engagement in the educational process
  • Raise the inter-cultural and professional competences of the teachers (work with children and pupils with different mother tongues, introducing the topic of multicultural education, methods for development of citizen and social competences of pupils, etc.)
  • Development of child care establishments funded by the City of Prague, city boroughs and organisations funded by the City of Prague and the city boroughs of the City of Prague

    Who can apply?

    The City of Prague, its city boroughs, organisations established by and run by the City of Prague and its city boroughs, educational establishments, Non-governmental non-profit organisations

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