Funding

The main European funding opportunities for the agriculture, food and beverage sectors

CMO Wine Promotion
This includes all measures whose aim is to promote more efficient and balanced participation for producers in third-country markets, in order to satisfy the interests of the producers but also the specific needs of the consumers, contributors and society as a whole, particularly in terms of food safety and sustainability.
Funding is provided by the Member State.

The following can access OCM WINE Promotion funding:
• individual companies
• consortiums
• associations
• cooperatives
• unions

Main activities eligible for funding:
• Participation in events, trade fairs
• Information campaigns in retail outlets and the food service industry
• Organisation of guided tastings, workshops, B2B meetings
• Operator visits to production areas
• Advertising campaigns, websites, social media
• Informative material
• Marketing consultancy, product testing, focus groups, panel testing, PR.
Promotion in accordance with EU Reg. 1144/2014
This includes information and promotional activities in domestic and third-country markets for European food and beverage products. Directly funded by the EU. A call is published every year including instructions and deadlines for funding applications.

The following can apply for EU Reg. 1144/2014 funding:
• trade or inter-trade organisations, representative of the sector or sectors concerned and consortiums for protection and promotion;
• trade or inter-trade organisations of the Union representative of the sector or sectors concerned at Union level;
• producer organisations or associations of producer organisations;
• agri-food sector bodies who have been entrusted by the Member State concerned.

Main activities eligible for funding:
• Participation in events, trade fairs
• Information campaigns in retail outlets and the food service industry
• Organisation of guided tastings, workshops, B2B meetings
• Operator visits to production areas
• Advertising campaigns, websites, social media
• Informative material
National Operational Programme for Rural Development
This includes measures for the innovation, development and promotion of companies and products in the food and agriculture sector.

The EU has identified six priorities for the support of rural development:

1. Transfer of knowledge and innovation
2. Agricultural competitiveness and company profitability
3. Supply chain organisation and risk management
4. Preservation, restoration and enhancement of ecosystems
5. Efficient use of resources and move to an economy with low carbon emissions
6. Social inclusion and economic development in rural areas

Within these priorities, the Italian National Operational Programme for Rural Development concentrates on the following:
Priority 3: To promote the organisation of the food and agriculture supply chain, including the processing and commercialisation of agricultural products, animal welfare and risk management in the agricultural sector.
Priority 4: To preserve, restore and enhance ecosystems linked to agriculture and forestry.
Priority 5: To incentivise the efficient use of resources and the move to an economy with low carbon emissions that is resilient to the climate in the food, agriculture and forestry sector.

SG Project is responsible for the third objective, relating to the promotion of the organisation of the food and agriculture supply chain.

The following can access National Operational Programme for Rural Development funding:
• public bodies;
• private bodies who have local jurisdiction by statute;
• partnerships comprising public and/or private bodies such as livestock farmer associations;
• bodies;
• research centres and other stakeholders or bodies who provide information in the field.
Rural Development Programmes (RDPs)
RDPs bring together measures designed to promote certified-quality food and agriculture products.
All Members States can opt to implement one or more RDPs, with the regions in question overseeing the planning and management.

Main activities eligible for funding:
• Transfer of knowledge and awareness activities
• Quality schemes for food and agriculture products
• Investments in real estate and fixed assets
• Restoration of agricultural production potential after damage caused by natural disasters and catastrophic events and introduction of suitable prevention measures
• Development of agricultural producers and companies
• Creation of producer associations and organisations
• Payments for agricultural/climatic/environmental action
• Organic agriculture
• Animal welfare
• Insurance for harvest, livestock and plants
• Mutual funds to deal with adverse weather phenomena, animal and plant disease, parasite infestations and environmental emergencies
• Income stabilisation tool

In this field, SG Project deals with the first objective relating to the transfer of knowledge and awareness activities

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