The Danube Strategic Project Fund (DSPF) was launched to support the implementation of transnational strategic projects. In doing so, the DSPF funded projects addressing the objectives of the Danube Strategy (EUSDR) and encouraged project promoters to create benefits at the interfaces between EU Cohesion and Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy.
Likewise, the Danube Strategic Project Fund focused on elaborating on innovative, but yet pre-mature project ideas that could not be funded so far. Moreover, the Danube Strategic Project Fund provided support for project ideas that meet the needs defined by the stakeholders in the Danube Region, but do not fit int any EU programmes or might need a combination of several funding instruments.
Eventually, the Danube Strategic Project Fund did not only support projects with strategic relevance for the Danube Strategy, but also provides valuable insights on how to set up a small-scale funding scheme to support both strategic project development and small project implementation.
The Danube Strategic Project Fund was co-financed with funds provided to the European Commission by the European Parliament and the City of Vienna and was managed by Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” (City of Vienna) in close cooperation with EuroVienna, affiliated entity to the City of Vienna.