Preparation of EU-grant project proposals aiming at investments and innovations of private companies registered in Bulgaria
Scope and methodology of work:
- Analysis of grant funding opportunities to finance the investment and R&D projects of a potential client
- Discussion on the advantages and limitations of each concrete source of funding and on the degree of compatibility between source of funding and client’s business plans
- Upon decision to initiate the grant funding application process:
- Management of the entire process – from EU-grant application preparation through project implementation management to project reporting and grant payment management
- Project structuring /applicant company, investment scope, project definition and argumentation/ according to the requirements of the source of funding as well as other sources of grant funding which may finance the company’s development in the mid and long run;
- Preparation of a complete EU-grant application, management of supporting documents, submission of the full project dossier for evaluation
- Consulting during the project evaluation process on actions and documents which may be required by the evaluation committee
Management of projects with approved grant funding
- Overall management of the implementation process
- Management of communication between the funding institution and the beneficiary
- Management of all actions required by the funding institution during the project implementation
- Preparation of all documents and project implementation dossier related to abiding the specific funding rules
- Project report preparation and supporting documentation required for grant payment
EU funds absorption strategies for large corporate structures uniting multiple enterprises
The Consultant applies the following methodology in planning the EU grants for a corporate structure uniting various enterprises:
- Collects information regarding the needs, problems and planned investments in each company of the corporate structure through conversations with managers at the central holding level, the executive directors and management teams of the individual companies.
- Performs comparative analysis between the needs, the problems, the planned investments of the companies on one hand, and the eligible for EU grants investments, on the other.
- On the basis of this analysis:
- Describes the opportunities for EU grants in each area which has emerged as problematic for the entire corporate structure /for example: the need for technological upgrade of the production equipment, need to hire additional personnel and provide professional training to the current one/. For each problematic area, common to all or most enterprises in the corporate structure, the description contains all possible sources of grants, ministries and agencies which administer the grants, size of the grants, conditions and steps to apply, and all information necessary for each company to evaluate the opportunity and proceed with the application for a grant.
- Prepares a list of potential “European projects” for each enterprise, i.e. a list of its concrete needs, problems and investments which may be financed with EU funds.
- Prepares a list of potential “European projects” which do not solve a concrete need, problem or investment plan but which the corporate structure may benefit from and has the capacity to implement /including projects with municipalities based on public-private partnerships, etc./
- For each concrete ”European project” of an enterprise or the entire corporate structure, the consultant describes the appropriate for the need or problem financing programs, the institution which administers them, the expected size of the grant, the conditions and procedures to apply, the way to formulate or modify the need, the problem and the investment, so that it becomes eligible for financing with EU funds.
EU funds absorption strategies for companies which provide goods and services required for the implementation of projects of the central government and municipalities, financed with EU funds
- Collects information about the product or the service which the company provides through interviews with the management and technical team of the company
- Performs an analysis of the applicability of this product or service in all already planned by the Government large-scale projects to be financed with EU funds /infrastructure projects, projects for technical consulting, IT systems design and implementation projects, etc./
- Performs an analysis of the applicability of the product or service in all investments eligible for financing with EU funding, which municipalities may include in their own projects /construction, services, etc./
- Prepares a list of projects and investments eligible for financing with EU funding in which the product or service is applicable
- For each project and area, in which the product or service may be “sold” and “paid” with EU funds, describes the institution which administers the funds, the mechanism through which the company may provide the service or goods, (which mechanism may be different and quite specific depending on whether the project is administered by the central or the local government), size of the total financing earmarked for the project or area, ways to modify the product or service, so that the company may develop business, driven by EU funds
EU funds absorption strategies for municipalities, with focus on strengthening the competitiveness of the companies located in the municipality and attraction of new investors
- Collects information regarding economic sectors for which the territory offers potential for development and economic sectors which are already developed /the research is conducted through interviews with managers in the municipal administration, public structures and local business/
- Performs comparative analysis between the needs, problems and planned investments in well-developed economic sectors in the municipality on one hand, and on the other, investments eligible for EU funding and aiming at economic development of the territory and strengthening the competitiveness of enterprises. On the basis of this analysis:
- Prepares a list of potential public “European projects” aiming at economic development of the territory, assisting existing enterprises and attraction of new ones. Such projects may be different types of public business-support infrastructure, projects for marketing of the territory, projects for professional training of residents in skills sought by businesses located in the territory. /For each potential “European project”, the consultant describes the appropriate project promoter /the municipality, public municipality-related structures or public-private partnerships/, the project objectives and the scheme under which to be implemented – partners, type of public-private partnership, infrastructure, activities, programs appropriate for financing the project, the institutions which administer the programs, expected size of the grant, application process. The consultant also describes similar successful projects implemented in the EU and ways to finance the knowledge transfer to the Bulgarian municipality.
- Prepares a guidebook on the opportunities for EU grants for the enterprises located on the territory of the municipality (to be offered by the municipality to the companies). The guidebook contains description of the opportunities for EU financing in each area which emerges as problematic for the well-developed economic sectors (need of hiring new personnel, need to upgrade the skills of the current personnel, need of technological upgrade of the production facilities, need of investments in energy efficiency and other areas in which enterprises have to invest). The guidebook contains titles of programs, ministries and agencies which administer them, size of the financing, application process and all other information which enterprises may need in order to evaluate the opportunities and proceed with the application process.