Funding opportunities in Bulgaria How to benefit from European programs

Funding opportunities in Bulgaria: How to benefit from European programs

Financing is a key factor for the successful development of any business. In Bulgaria, there are many funding opportunities that can be used for various projects, especially through the European programs. In this article, we will look at the main sources of financing and how you can take advantage of them to grow your business.

European funding programs

The European Union provides a wide range of funding programs that target various aspects of economic and social development. These programs cover everything from innovation and research to agriculture and regional development. The main European funding programs include:

  1. Horizon Europe
    This program aims to support research and innovation in Europe. It provides grants for scientific research, development and implementation of new technologies. Bulgarian companies can apply for financing projects that aim to improve the competitiveness and innovation capacity of businesses.
  2. Cohesion and Structural Fund
    These funds are intended to reduce economic and social disparities between EU regions. They provide funding for infrastructure projects, environmental initiatives, education and training, and to promote employment and social inclusion.
  3. LIFE program
    The LIFE program is aimed at supporting projects in the field of environment and climate. It provides funding for initiatives that aim to improve natural resource management, reduce environmental impact and adapt to climate change.
  4. Erasmus+
    This program offers training, education and mobility opportunities. It supports projects that aim to improve the quality of education and training, promote the mobility of students and teachers, and strengthen cooperation between educational institutions and businesses.

How to apply for funding

Applying for funding from European programs can be a complex process that requires careful preparation and planning. Here are some steps that can help you increase your chances of success:

  1. Identify the appropriate program
    The first step is to identify a program that best meets the needs and goals of your project. Take a look at the application conditions and requirements, as well as the available financial instruments.
  2. Prepare a strong project plan
    Your project plan should be well structured and include clear objectives, activities, budget and expected results. Make sure that your project meets the priorities of the selected program and that you have a solid plan for managing and implementing the project.
  3. Collaborate with partners
    Many European funding programs require cooperation with other organizations, including international partners. Find reliable partners who can contribute expertise and resources to your project.
  4. Keep an eye out for application deadlines
    It is important that you meet all filing deadlines and ensure that all required forms and applications are completed correctly and submitted on time.
  5. Use available resources and counseling
    Many organizations offer consultancy and assistance in the preparation of project proposals. Take advantage of these resources to improve the quality of your application and increase your chances of success.

Examples of potential projects

  • Project for the implementation of innovative technologies in the production of bioproducts:
    A company can apply under the Horizon Europe program for the development and implementation of new technologies for the production of bioproducts. Such a project would contribute to increasing the company's competitiveness and creating new jobs.
  • Project to improve energy efficiency in rural areas:
    Funded under the Cohesion Fund, this project can help small and medium-sized enterprises in rural areas reduce their energy costs by implementing energy-saving technologies. Such a project would contribute to reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment.


European funding programs offer numerous opportunities for Bulgarian companies to develop their projects and increase their competitiveness. By following the steps for a successful application and taking advantage of the resources available, you can increase your chances of receiving funding.

Learn more about financing opportunities and how to apply for them at our event "The Road to Success: Financing and Innovations for Businesses in Ruse", jointly organized by the Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Fund Manager of Financial Instruments in Bulgaria EAD (Fund of Funds ).

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