The second call for applications for PROSPECT mentors is open now and until the 31st of July 2018. This call is for the second PROSPECT learning cycle that will run from November 2018 to July 2019.
PROSPECT aims to encourage the exchange of knowledge and experience on innovative financing schemes used to implement sustainable energy and climate plans, especially within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors.
By innovative financing schemes, PROSPECT refers to non-traditional ways of raising funds and facilitating sustainable energy and climate investments by mixing different sources (own fund, public and private funds) or engaging different partners (e.g. citizens, private sector) outside of established financial institutions (e.g. banks). These innovative financing schemes include energy performance contracting, third party financing, revolving funds, soft loans, green bonds, guarantee funds, and citizen finance, such as cooperatives and crowdfunding.
Who can join?
PROSPECT is open to all local authorities: cities, regions and their energy and climate agencies or municipal companies, from EU-28 countries + Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYRoM, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Moldova, Switzerland, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia.
PROSPECT will offer 3 learning cycles, starting respectively in spring 2018, autumn 2018 and spring 2019. The engagement campaign for the first edition of the PROSPECT learning programme attracted over 60 cities, regions and energy agencies from 21 countries.
The 2nd engagement campaign is open and will be implemented in 2 steps.
Mentor registration starts on 20 June 2018. Mentor is an individual who has experience and expertise in using innovative financing schemes for implementation of sustainable energy and climate action projects. As a mentor, you will share your knowledge and be engaged in a meaningful relationship with one or more mentees. You will gain mentoring and leaderships skills, and be recognised for future ‘expert’ positions, thanks to a certification process. Moreover, you will showcase achievements of your city or region at European level. We will feature your city or region as a best practice on innovative financing and give it visibility in our PROSPECT materials, events, and communication channels. PROSPECT will also offer its mentor cities and regions the possibility to take part for free in one of the study visits organised in the learning programmes.
Mentee registration will begin on 3 September 2018. Mentee is an individual who wants to learn from an experienced or expert peer on financing a sustainable energy project using an innovative scheme and is interested to apply what they learned in their own context. You will have the opportunity to exchange on a one-to-one basis with your Mentor and get a tailor-made assistance adapted to your learning objectives and needs. You can get direct access to a network of cities, regions and energy agencies facing the same challenges as you. We will be opening applications to the next PROSPECT learning cycle on 3 September 2018. If you want to register your interest in applying, please contact us the PROSPECT Helpdesk.
Later application period will be in November-December 2018.
The PROSPECT has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 752126.