CIVITAS CATALIST is the project of the CIVITAS Initiative "family" responsible for ensuring that the experiences of the programme are exploited up to a maximum level and up-taken by as large a community of cities as possible.
CATALIST mains objectives:
Demonstrate the added value and feasibility of CIVITAS to (i) provide measurable feedback to the current CIVITAS cities (to maintain their high level of motivation and commitment) and to (ii) attract new cities on the basis of concrete evidence of the benefits they can expect from the CIVITAS family;
Add value to CIVITAS by developing inspirational initiatives at the national and local level.
An innovative, user-driven project as CIVITAS CATALIST is inherently complicated due to the ambition of its mission and the broad participation of actors. The total requested budget is € 4 292 927 distributed among 23 partners across four years of project lifetime. The budget of the Project Coordinator (ISIS - Istituto di Studi per l'Integrazione dei Sistemi) incorporates an "Activity Fund" of €1 000 000 to be progressively disbursed to finance on-demand activities undertaken both by project partners and take-up cities. Take up cities (TUCs) are cities and regions, not partners in CIVITAS CATALIST, which are potentially interested in taking up the experience of the the CIVITAS initiative.
CIVITAS CATALIST brings together ambitious cities that have gained much experience in the CIVITAS Initiative, being composed in an integrative way of the eight 'Thematic Groups' of CIVITAS. And as a further tool to up-take the CIVITAS approach for interested cities, specific funding opportunities have been established.
Thematic Groups and their Contact Points·
The Thematic Contact Points are forerunners and well-experienced cities in specific areas of sustainable transport strategies, which can be seen as a source of inspiration for other cities. There mission is to capture interest, trigger reflection and to support an interactive process that will hopefully lead to potential joint implementations. Furthermore they also can be seen as fact providers. Because of that they can be 'living examples' with the highest potential for convincing politicians, decision-makers and stakeholders in other cities. An overview of the thematic groups and full list of the related contact point is published at CIVITAS web site.
CIVITAS Activity Fund·
The CIVITAS Activity Fund intends to both:
- Ensure participation to the activities designed, organised and handled by the project partners (e.g. technical workshops, study tours, etc.)
- Co-finance activities promoted by the take-up cities, through dedicated Calls for Applications.
The Activity Types that are funded:
- Small Initial Interactions (e.g. site visits) between take-up cities and CIVITAS CATALIST project partners. 10% of the total budget of the CIVITAS Activity Fund is dedicated to this kind of activities;
- Inspirational and supporting take-up activities organised by the partners of CIVITAS CATALIST in order to involve take-up cities in the activities of the project and to stimulate them to apply to the Calls for Applications. 30% of the total budget of the CIVITAS Activity Fund is dedicated to these activities.
- Take-up activities proper (e.g. studies, plans, small projects, as well as visit to a Thematic Coordinator, CIVITAS CATALIST partners and/or Ambassador City, or on-the-job training) proposed by the take-up cities via the Calls for Applications. 60% of the total budget is dedicated to this kind of activities.
This latest activity is carried by the opening of dedicated Calls for Application with an expected sequence of six-monthly. Applications must utilise the templates available for download on the CIVITAS Website (and follow the procedures detailed in the Call text.). All deadlines will be rigorously enforced and the applications submitted past the deadlines or incomplete will not be retained for evaluation.