Organisations that are legal entities from the public and private sectors can participate in projects. Organisations run by one person and in which there is no legal distinction between the owner and the business entity are not eligible for funding.
Examples of project partners:
The programme recognizes the valuable contribution that the private sector can make to a project. The involvement of the private sector, primarily small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), is encouraged. Private sector partners can participate as full partners and their match funding can generate ERDF and IR financial support. SMEs can be recipients of aid under the so called de minimis rules or under the General Block Exemption Rules (GBER). Please read more about these rules under the section regarding State Aid.
The main rule is that all partners shall be located in the programme area. An exception can be made for organisations based outside the programme area but having the responsibility for the whole nation regarding specific issues. And if there is an organization from outside the programme areas in Sweden, Finland and Norway with branch offices within the programme area, they are seen as a partner within the programme area and can make use of any competences within that organization even though the competence is based outside.
However, other partners outside the programme area (but inside Sweden, Finland or Norway) can also be eligible for funding if there is as well a partner from within the specific programme sub-area in respective country. Justification should outline the added value of external cooperation and a description of how the project and the programme area will profit from the cooperation. Examples of circumstances that may permit the use of geographical flexibility:
Partners from outside Sweden, Finland or Norway are welcome to participate as associated partners that are not part of the formal project partnership but nevertheless directly involved in the project’s implementation but with other funding sources than Interreg Aurora.