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Operational Programme Environment

The Operational Programme Environment (OPE) is the basic subsidy programme in the field of environmental protection in the Czech Republic. In its 3rd programming period, 2021-2027, it will provide the Czech Republic with 2.4 billion EUR from the Cohesion Fund and the European Regional Development Fund to applicants.

The Programme aims to support projects related to energy savings, the development of renewable energy sources, the building of water infrastructure and waste prevention, as well as projects to strengthen biodiversity and implement climate change adaptation measures.

The programme grants aid to projects in six specific objectives

  • Specific Objective 1.1 – ENERGY EFFICIENCY
  • Specific Objective 1.2 – RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
  • Specific Objective 1.3 – ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE
  • Specific Objective 1.4 – WATER SUPPLY AND SEWERAGE
  • Specific Objective 1.5 – CIRCULAR ECONOMY
  • Specific Objective 1.6 – NATURE AND POLLUTION

Programme management

The Managing Authority is the Ministry of Environment, the intermediary body the State Environmental Fund of the CR supported by the Czech Nature Conservation and Landscape Agency.

Supervision of the programme is performed by the Monitoring Committee, which consists of representatives of the Managing Authority, intermediary bodies, and representatives of the partners (ministries, regions, municipalities, NGOs, professional organisations, etc.). The Selection Committee recommends which projects to select and which events to promote.

Extent of funding

Funding can cover up to 95% of the total eligible costs of the project (exceptionally also 100% for selected measures under Specific Objective 1.6). Co-financing using the beneficiary’s resources is a prerequisite for all projects. Funding is provided to beneficiaries in CZK by bank transfer.

Eligible applicants

The programme is open to municipalities, organizations, state and local governments, research and scientific institutes, educational establishments, legal and physical entities and non-profit organisations.

How applications are submitted

Applications may be submitted only in the framework of open tenders announced for the corresponding specific objective according to the nature of the project. Individual tenders for funding applications are announced by the Ministry of the Environment (through the State Environmental Fund of the CR and its special website). The submission of applications takes place via an Internet portal called the Information System of Final Beneficiaries (IS KP21+) on the website

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