Tourism 4.0

Cascade financing open calls

IKAT Tourism Call for SMEs in Europe - Financial support for services

Few information about this call that you are willing to know. The IKAT project is a joint cluster initiative aimed at contributing to the achievement of the updated tourism strategy put forward by the European Commission. The project has been funded under the Call: SMP-COSME-2021-CLUSTER for Europe’s recovery, which falls under Regulation (EU) 2021/690 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

The project is focused on the industrial ecosystem of tourism in Europe, particularly maritime and coastal areas in the Mediterranean region. To tackle the different sectors and agents that make up the tourism ecosystem, Euroclustering IKAT has been set up, which includes Maritime and Logistics Clusters, Tourism Clusters, and Innovation and Water Quality Control Clusters.

The services offered to SMEs in the tourism ecosystem are designed according to the level of regional vulnerability and their economic dependence on the tourism sector based on the RIS3. The vulnerability index is calculated considering two indicators: tourism intensity and seasonality. Based on this index, the product or service granted to the SME is adjusted according to its location.

Proposals will be eligible only if all the following conditions are met:

  1. Applicants must be a SME (as defined in the EU Recommendation 2003/361) and declare their SME status in accordance with the SME definition of the European Union.
  2. Applicants must be SMEs from the tourism industrial ecosystem. 

To be eligible for the IKAT Tourism Call for

SMEs in Europe – Financial support for services, the main activity of the applicant SMEs must be included under one of the segments of the coastal and maritime tourism sector listed in Annex 3.

  1. To be eligible for the IKAT Tourism Call for SMEs in Europe – Financial support for services, an applicant must be an SME established or have a branch office in the IKAT territorial scope, described as follows:
  2. Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal
  3. Other EU-27 countries
  4. Countries participating in the Single Market Programme (SMP)
  5. Applicants can be either member of one of the IKAT consortium clusters or established or with a branch office in the IKAT territorial scope (Annex 2).

Applications must be written in English and must not exceed the maximum number of characters stated in each text box of the pre-defined template, which can be found at

SMEs in the tourism sector who would like to apply, are striving to:

​1) Activate diversification towards new products and services
2) Accelerate and grow new ideas
3) Apply open innovation to your business
4) Promote the green and digital transition in your company, as well as improve cross-cutting aspects such as gender, CSR, among others.
5) Improve your options to obtain financing in investment rounds
6) Improve the internationalization of your company
7) Improve your knowledge and training regarding previous challenges and improvements.

Hurry up with the application and take your chance! Calm sea!

Euroclusters for Thriving Creative and Cultural Industries - 1st Call for financial support to CCIs SMEs

It sounds like a promising initiative to support the Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) in Europe and help them recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.


It is encouraging to hear that despite the challenges faced by the CCIs, they remain an important sector for the EU, with the potential to drive growth and employment. The initiative’s focus on cross-sectoral collaboration between CCIs and ICT clusters is also a positive step towards creating new industrial value chains and promoting innovation.


The cascade funding scheme that provides financial support to SMEs for acquiring services such as business consultancy and training, travel, and implementing pilot projects in green and digital transition is an excellent way to help SMEs increase their resilience, innovate, and expand their skills. By providing this type of support, CREATHRIV-EU can help SMEs navigate the challenges they face and build the capacity to grow and thrive.

Check here if you are eligible to get this grant.

Sector Eligibility

  • Heritage, archives, libraries
  • Audiovisual and multimedia including IT, software & computer services
  • Books & press
  • Visual art
  • Performing arts
  • Education

Territorial eligibility

  • EU member states
  • EU Acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein
  • EU-13 countries
  • EU regions CREATHRIV-EU partners had no previous cooperation with: see Guide for Applicants, Annex 2

Less-developed regions: GDP per capita < 75% EU-27 average. Please check this link: