The EIC has stopped accepting applications for the construction of water and sewerage infrastructure for private households due to the EUR 800,000 budget being exhausted. The application round was opened at 10:00 on 16 January and closed at 17:00 on the same day.
According to Kai Eisenberg, Head of the Biodiversity and Climate Protection Area at the EIC, the interest in the grant was very high. ‘The budget of the round consisted of funds that became available from other European Union projects, which we could now allocate directly to the benefit of the residents of Estonia. We understand that, unfortunately, it was not enough for everyone; even so, quite a few people will once again have access to clean drinking water and a proper wastewater system.’
The EIC will review the submitted applications within 90 calendar days. The work must be carried out within six months after having received a positive decision. Work must not begin before the decision has been received.
The previous call for applications for water infrastructure for private households ran from 2018 to 2021, and 17.37 million euros was distributed to people over three years. In Estonia, 9,300 people were provided with a proper water supply and 13,000 with a proper sewerage system.
The grant is provided from the Cohesion Fund measure ‘Development of Water Management Infrastructure’ for the EU structural support period 2014-2020. Water protection is supported by the Ministry of the Environment.