URBACT III Programme

For more than ten years, the URBACT programme has been the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe. It is an instrument of the Cohesion Policy, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the 28 Member States, Norway & Switzerland.

URBACT’s mission is to enable cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges, by networking, learning from one another’s experiences, drawing lessons and identifying good practices to improve urban policies.

Following the success of the URBACT I and II programmes, URBACT III (2014-2020) has been developed to continue to promote sustainable integrated urban development and contribute to the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy.

URBACT III programme will be organised around four main objectives:

  1. Capacity for Policy Delivery: To improve the capacity of cities to manage sustainable urban policies and practices in an integrated and participative way.
  2. Policy Design: To improve the design of sustainable urban policies and practices in cities.
  3. Policy Implementation: To improve the implementation of integrated and sustainable urban strategies and actions in cities.
  4. Building and Sharing Knowledge: To ensure that practitioners and decision makers at all levels have access to knowledge and share know-how on all aspects of sustainable urban development in order to improve urban development policies.

To reach these objectives, URBACT III will develop three types of interventions:

  • transnational exchange,
  • capacity-building,
  • capitalisation & dissemination.

Each of these interventions will be build upon the strengths developed in URBACT II.

URBACT uses resources and know-how to strengthen the capacity of cities to deliver integrated urban strategy and actions on the thematic according to their challenges. The main target participants include practitioners, city managers, elected representatives and stakeholders from other public agencies, the private sector and civil society.

Target Group
Dissemination, Exchange activities, Promotion and Networking activities, Research activities
Source Regions
European Union
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Eligible Regions
European Union
Eligible Countries
Norway, Switzerland
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Proposal Submission
URBACT is a European exchange and learning programme (*) promoting sustainable urban development enabling cities to work together to develop solutions to major urban challenges, reaffirming the key role they play in facing increasingly complex societal changes; helping cites to develop pragmatic solutions that are new and sustainable, and that integrate economic, social and environmental dimensions; enable cities to share good practices and lessons learned with all professionals involved in urban policy throughout Europe. 

Terms And Conditions

The total budget eligible budget of URBACT III is 96,3 M€.

Available Calls

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Selection Criteria

Open To
URBACT is 500 cities, 29 countries and 7,000 active participants. 
URBACT is jointly financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and the Member States.