Learn about the Regional Operational Programme for the Małopolska Region for 2014-2020

The new Regional Operational Programme (ROP) for the 2014-2020 period for Małopolska means up to 2.92 billion euro from the European Funds. We can be proud that it is the second largest (following the Silesian Region) regional programme in Poland. In comparison to the 2007-2013 period, our region will receive nearly a billion euro more. The programme consists of sixteen one-fund priority axes. Among them, the largest amounts are planned to be spent on innovation, energy policy and transport infrastructure.

Where to look for European Funds?

The fields and types of projects supported in the 2014-2020 period from the Regional Programme for the Małopolska Region were specified in the programme and the detailed description of its priorities. The main areas and types of projects for which the funds will be spent in the coming years include:

  1. Knowledge economy
  2. Digital Malopolska
  3. Entrepreneurial Małopolska
  4. Regional energy policy
  5. Environmental protection
  6. Regional Heritage
  7. Transport infrastructure
  8. Labour market
  9. Socially cohesive region
  10. Knowledge and competences
  11. Revitalization of regional space
  12. Social infrastructure
  13. Technical Assistance
  16. Support for migrants from Ukraine (CARE mechanism)

Who can directly apply for grants?

Various projects will be financed under the Małopolska Regional Programme. Who will benefit from the EU funds will mainly depend on the specifics of the support. The groups of entities which can apply for subsidies from the ROP 2014-2020 include:

  1. Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises
  2. Local Government Units, their unions, associations and organizational units with legal personality
  3. Public services other than government authorities: institutions of integration and social assistance; institutions of culture and sport; institutions responsible for water management; labour market institutions; government and regional units for protection of the environment; State Forests, national and landscape parks; government tourist organizations; fire brigades and emergency services; maritime offices; justice; road managers; agricultural advisory units
  4. Health care institutions: private health care establishments having contracts with the NFZ (National Health Fund); public health care units; spas
  5. Business support institutions: financial institutions; business environment institutions; chambers of commerce; employers' organizations
  6. Institutions of science and education: research units; adult education centres; nursery schools and care institutions; schools and other educational institutions; universities
  7. Partnerships: clusters; scientific and industrial consortia
  8. Companies implementing public objectives: train; organizers and operators of freight; entities managing investment areas; airports; inland ports; undertakings providing public transport services; water companies
  9. Social organizations and religious associations: sports clubs, sports centres; churches and religious associations; private culture and sports investment; non-public inclusion and social assistance; non-governmental organizations; social economy entities; community and housing associations; trade unions.

Who may indirectly receive support?

Individuals, institutions or groups which do not directly apply for grants can also benefit from the European Funds. This is possible due to their participation in the projects for which appropriations were received by any other institution. In this way, it is possible to e.g. participate in trainings or courses, apply for a service developing the company or apply for a grant or a loan to set up a business.

Such projects are directed primarily to:

  • the unemployed whose situation in the labour market is the toughest, i.e. mature people (50 +),
  • the long-term unemployed,
  • persons with disabilities,
  • the low-skilled,
  • women.

It should be noted that European funds can also be used by users of the infrastructure created with the use of the European Funds (e.g. nurseries, kindergartens, schools, theatres, museums, etc.).

How will the funds change Małopolska by 2020?

Part of the funding from the Małopolska Regional Programme will be directed to typical investment projects. Entrepreneurs, telecommunications, road and sanitation infrastructure will be supported, including projects aimed at environmental protection or health care infrastructure.

In addition to investment activities in the programme, a special pool of funds will be earmarked for supporting people facing difficulties in the labour market and those who want to start their own business or improve their skills. Development and proper targeting of education will be supported, which will increase the chances of graduates to find jobs. The programme will also promote establishing and strengthening ties and cooperation between entrepreneurs and scientists.

Where to find information about the Regional Programme for Małopolska?

Visit the Marshal’s Office of the Małopolska Region and the European Funds Information Point at 72B Wielicka Street, telephone number: (12) 616 0 616, e-mail: fem@umwm.malopolska.pl

Good examples of EU funded projects