European Regional Development Fund


The ERDF supports the reinforcement of economic, social and territorial cohesion by addressing the main regional imbalances through support for the development and structural adjustment of regional economies, including the conversion of declining industrial regions and regions lagging behind. According to the category of regions supported, the support from the ERDF should be concentrated on research and innovation, small and medium-sized enterprises and climate change mitigation.

 

Together with the Cohesion Fund (CF), the ERDF will finance Malta’s Operational Programme I: ‘Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges’. In so doing, the ERDF will be supporting investment in infrastructure targeted at generating economic growth through the creation of more and better jobs, whilst sustaining an environmentally friendly and resource efficient economy.

 

The ERDF will also address the needs, imbalances and bottlenecks which have been identified in the relevant Country Specific Recommendations, Malta’s National Reform Programme, the SWOT analysis portrayed in the Partnership Agreement with the European Commission, as well as other pertinent national strategies.

 

Through the ERDF and CF investments, Malta will also be contributing actively towards the targets and flagship initiatives as set out in the EU 2020 Strategy.

 

The Managing Authority responsible for the above mentioned funds is the Planning and Priorities Coordination Division (PPCD). More information about the ERDF is available here.

 

Open Calls

 

Business Enhance Scheme

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Cut-off dates

Start-up Investment Grant Scheme

Start-ups face greater challenges particularly in accessing finance for productive investment to economically exploit their ideas and sustain their survival during their early years.

This scheme seeks to assist start-ups in the form of non-repayable Grants in part-financing their initial productive investment costs and implementing their business growth strategies.

This Grant Scheme will support Investment in Tangible and Intangible assets required by the Start-up for its operations in line with an approved business plan. Actions shall be aimed at the potential business growth of the Start-up, and a resultant potential increase in
the number of employees (full-time equivalent) employed by the Applicant.

Maximum Grant Value: €300,000
Aid Intensity: 50%

Start-ups, being autonomous, unlisted, established for less than three years, on condition that the Start-up has not yet distributed profits, has not been formed through a merger and has not taken over the activity of another enterprise.

October 27, 2017

SME Growth Grant Scheme

This incentive seeks to support Undertakings through the provision of assistance in the form of non-repayable Grants to part-finance initial investments in tangible and intangible assets towards the implementation of their growth strategies related to the extension of the capacity of an existing establishment, or the setting up of a new establishment.

The investment should result in the growth of the Undertaking, and an increase in the number of employees (full-time equivalent) employed by the Undertaking.

Maximum Grant Value: €500,000
Aid Intensity:
                     Micro & Small - 35% (2017), 30% (2018)
                     Medium - 25% (2017), 20% (2018)

SME

October 27, 2017

SME Consultancy Services Grant Scheme

This Grant Scheme aims to provide the necessary insight to entrepreneurs to take-up adequate initiatives aimed at securing their survival and future business growth.​

Eligible Actons include the procurement of External Consultancy Services to support the decision-taking process, by assessing and evaluating:

The potential of re-engineering the organisation and operations, or the processes and systems of the undertaking aimed at rendering it more efficient, resulting in the development of an Organisation and Operations Review or Process and Systems Review; or

The potential of the Undertaking to take on proposed investment initiatives aimed at the potential future business growth of the Undertaking, and at rendering it more competitive, resulting in the development of a Business Plan or Feasibility Study.

 
SMEs

 October 31
November 30
December 29

e-Commerce Grant Scheme​

This Grant Scheme aims to support investment towards the design, development, implementation and delivery of an e-commerce website and/or a mobile application, or an upgrade of an existing website or mobile application to enable online sales/bookings.  The end product shall result in an e-commerce website/mobile application having a content management system and must comply with current industry standard e-commerce security practices.  The e-Commerce website/mobile application will incorporate an online payment gateway and support at least basic analytics.

 
SMEs

October 31
December 29

SME Internationalisation Grant Scheme

This Grant Scheme aims at the internationalisation of the Undertaking by introducing their products/services to new markets and by strengthening their international market presence.

Participation in International Business Promotion Fairs remains an important instrument in targeting markets for SME internationalisation, and provides SMEs an opportunity to start building a network of business connections and to overcome barriers to enter the targeted foreign market. Moreover, participation in business promotion fairs provides a source of significant information for SMEs of preferred policies and actions when operating in the international business field.

Hence this scheme is supporting active participation in International Business Promotion Fairs held outside the territory of the Republic of Malta where active participation means having a stand and exhibiting products/services at the fair.

SMEs

 October 31
November 30
December 29

SME Diversification & Innovation Grant Scheme

This Grant Scheme aims to incentivise SMEs to adapt and become more resilient and address market challenges whilst offering timely support to nurture the right environment towards the potential future business growth of the enterprise. Diversification and innovation are key to the survival of enterprises as such timely realisation and intervention can avoid dire consequences leading to eventual closure or bankruptcy, and enables the enterprise turnaround.

This scheme intends on allowing investment in tangible and intangible assets related to the improved operations, market saturation, and the provision of new products or services. Actions eligible may be related to the diversification of the output of an existing establishment into products or services not previously produced, fundamental change in the overall production process, new economic activity, adoption of solutions that lead to the development of a significantly improved good or service, and the acquisition and integration into the business operation of solutions that are more advanced than current operations.

 
SMEs

October 31, 2017