Our Missions

URBACT enables numerous European cities to work together in projects to share and capitalise on experience. Each project focuses on a specific urban issue, such as tapping into the positive potential of young people (MY GENERATION), social housing (SUITE), or taking built heritage into account in urban development (Hero). URBACT enables the development of solutions to urban challenges that other cities can then adapt to their own context.


To do this, we have 4 missions:

COORDINATING EXCHANGES TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN

URBACT projects encompass primarily cities, but also other local authorities, as well as universities and research institutions. We use proven methodologies to coordinate exchanges among these numerous, diverse and geographically distant partners. We ensure quality and realistic outputs by involving key players from each partner city via Local Support Groups. We help them to define a relevant Local Support Group and effective Local Action Plan.

ANALYSING AND CAPITALISING ON LEARNING

We collect what is learned by the projects and develop integrated responses that encompass the economic, social, cultural, and environmental dimensions of urban development. We mobilise the expertise of practitioners from the partner cities, Experts working on each project, and Thematic Pole Manager.

DISSEMINATING INFORMATION AND OUTPUTS

We disseminate information about the programme, particularly related to calls for proposals. We make the outputs of our work available to all city policy players throughout Europe. URBACT does not propose universal, ready-to-use recipes to the major urban challenges cities are facing, but rather makes available solutions that have proven effective in certain situations. To do this, we use our web site and National Dissemination Points, which are relay points that spread the information in each country’s national language. We also regularly organize conferences open to a broad audience and we distribute publications.

FUNDING PROJECT OPERATIONS

We fund project operations, with maximum budgets ranging from €300,000 to €710,000. We do not finance the implementation of Local Action Plans, which can be funded by the partners or by other programmes (ERDF, European Social Fund, etc.).