2nd Call for Proposals

The 2nd Call for proposals is now closed.

Who is eligible?

The SME Strategy for a Sustainable and Digital Europe also recognizes that capacity building and support to SMEs is key to transition to sustainability and digitalization.  The Star Growth project is open to SMEs which:

At least one completed financial year is mandatory.

  • Hotels and similar accommodation
  • Holiday and other short-stay accommodation
  • Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks

Accademia IRSEI - Istituto di Ricerca per lo Sviluppo Economia e Innovazione


Tehnoloski Park Ljubljana Doo


National Tourism Cluster “Bulgarian Guide”


EU-ROM Training and Consultancy Srl


Applied Industrial Technologies (APINTECH)



The projects’ overall objective is to enhance the sustainable growth of SMEs operating in the rural tourism and ecotourism sectors in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Romania and Italy by providing technical and financial support, whilst boosting their awareness, development and capacity in the area of sustainable innovations.

Sustainable & Innovative

Support SMEs by adopting sustainable and innovative practices through customised technical support activities and capacity building programs;

Training Capacity

Support SMEs for training and capacity building activities in order to empower their staff towards innovation and sustainability;


Support SMEs by increasing SMEs’ competitiveness via boosting innovation in sustainable and resilient tourism.


Support SMEs through processes of i) preparation and / or application for sustainability / environmental certification, ii) preparation and / or generation of Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) studies and Organization Environmental Footprint (OEF) studies, iii) implementation of improvement measures following the recommendations of the PEF / OEF studies, iv) developing of sustainability strategy plans;

up to 0 EUR
Available grant amount per SME

2 October 2023

2nd call's opening date

Total funding available

extended deadline 13 December 2023

2nd call’s deadline (17:00 CET)

Sustainable tourism means enjoying nature while preserving it, instead of exploiting it.

are you ready?

Proposals for 2nd Call are now closed.

Deadline was up until 13th December 2023, 17:00 CET