Almere is a dynamic city with a permanent growth target. A number of the city’s spatial and economic development projects qualify for European funding. In turn, these projects serve as important demonstration projects with the European network.
European Regional Development Fund
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is a fund allocated by the European Union to assist regions in diversifying and strengthening economic structures as well as safeguarding or creating sustainable jobs. In Almere, ERDF funds are used in an effort to co-finance projects that contribute to improving the conditions for business development and enhancing the overall quality of life in the city.
As part of ERDF, Almere receives Interreg funds, which are designed to stimulate cooperation between member states of the EU on various levels. In the recent past funds have been obtained for the European Knowledge Network.
European Social Fund
Almere also obtains subsidies from the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF aims to improve the quality and availability of education and training in order to promote employment, personal development and social inclusion.
Almere is one of the participants in the European cRRescendo project. The cRRescendo project aims to integrate elements of sustainable energy systems into new and existing homes in participating cities, which also include Milton Keynes (United Kingdom), Ajaccio (France) and Viladecans (Spain).
Findings from the project are disseminated through associated communities and organisations such as the European New Town Platform.
cRRescendo is funded by the European Commission as part of the CONCERTO program, which aims to demonstrate the high potential for reducing energy consumption and increasing the use of renewable energy sources through community scale projects.
Flevoland-Almere Investment Programme
The Province of Flevoland contributes to Almere’s qualitative growth spurt (including its economic development, infrastructure, facilities and system of higher education) through the Flevoland-Almere Investment Programme (IFA).