Get involved!

There are many ways for urban enthusiasts to benefit from all that URBACT offers. Read on to find out how you can get involved in URBACT activities at European, national and local levels to drive change for better cities.


URBACT community at the City Festival 2022



Municipalities, regional and national authorities, metropolitan areas, specialised municipal agencies, districts and boroughs – and other levels of governance that are mentioned in the terms of reference for specific URBACT calls – are eligible to apply to take part in URBACT Networks.


The above mentioned entities are from 27 Member States and the 5 EU pre-accession countries (IPA) –  Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia) – are eligible to receive funding from URBACT. Cities and partners from Norway, Switzerland and across the world can also participate in programme activities with their own funds.


As soon as URBACT Networks are approved  following the competitive call, the external assessment and the approval from the URBACT Monitoring Committee  the involved partner cities become programme beneficiaries. Under URBACT III (2014 - 2020), 678 city partners joined Networks. The list of beneficiaries under the URBACT IV Programme will be available as soon as new calls are approved (from 2023 onwards).


Citizens, civil society, NGOs, academia and private sector who are based in an URBACT beneficiary city can also get involved with an existing Network through the URBACT Local Group. Every beneficiary city has to set up an URBACT Local Group to gather relevant people who have a stake or interest in co-designing integrated local policies.


Local stakeholders join these groups as members on a voluntary basis and without financial compensation, nonetheless, they can benefit from transnational visits, trainings and closed capacity-building events.


Urban professionals, consultants and researchers can also get involved in URBACT Networks or other activities, if they are validated  as URBACT Experts. See below more information of how to either find an expert or how to apply to become one.


Finally, any urban enthusiast can benefit from URBACT’s knowledge and experience by attending online or in-person events. What’s more, anyone can access the Knowledge Hub, the Good Practices database and the Toolbox.





The next call for Action Planning Networks opens in January 2023, but you can already start sharing your project ideas and looking for partners!


Find you next network partners


Action Planning Networks are made of 8  - 10 partner cities from all sizes, coming from all over the EU and respecting a balance for the different type of regions (check your region type here). Led by a Lead Partner city and accompanied by a Lead Expert, partners will work together around an urban policy challenge and develop a local Integrated Action Plan.


Use URBACT's Partner Search Tool to either submit a new idea for a network, so other cities can reach out to you, or to find the idea and partnership that’s right for you, so you can express your interest. Be sure to filter ideas to find proposals that are suitable for you and be mindful of geographical balance.


More information about the call will follow URBACT's Monitoring Committee in November, subscribe to the URBACT newsletter to not miss anything.





Do you want to work on a specific urban challenge with peer cities across Europe? Apply to join an URBACT Network alongside other cities that want to make real change in their communities!


As part of a Network, you will embark on a two-year journey with a dedicated URBACT Expert, ad-hoc experts, the URBACT Secretariat’s guidance and EU financial support to cover exchange activities – depending on your geographic location.


Calls for proposals are released roughly every year for the following types of Networks:

  • Action Planning Networks – cities and local stakeholders co-produce local Integrated Action Plans to tackle their common challenges.
  • Transfer Networks – cities understand, adapt and re-use a successful Good Practice in their local context. Only cities that have been awarded the URBACT Good Practice label, following a dedicated call, can lead this type of Network.
  • Innovation Transfer Mechanism Networks – cities create investment plans to transfer the experience from Urban Innovative Actions’ completed projects.    


The next call for Action Planning Networks will be published early January 2023. Subscribe to the URBACT newsletter, so you don't miss anything!

Experts play a key role in guiding cities through URBACT Networks and providing in-depth thematic and methodological knowledge. You can apply to become a Validated Expert at any given time! The call for experts remains open throughout the whole duration of URBACT IV (2021 - 2027).


There are two types of URBACT Experts, which you can apply to be: Lead Experts, who support a Network throughout its duration and help cities design and implement activities and Ad-hoc Experts, who provide further assistance to Networks’ cities and local groups when needed. All experts can be called out to support Programme-level activities, which might play a role in the availability of experts to take on other Network missions.

The URBACT IV call for Validated Experts will open in mid-December 2022!

Are you looking for an expert to support you in navigating your URBACT journey? URBACT Network beneficiaries can use expertise budget to find suitable professionals, who can provide guidance when facing a specific challenge – from local issues to broader themes and methodological support.


Each Network  is assigned a Lead Expert, who supports the project for its entire duration. Lead Experts are individual professionals and cannot be represented by an organisation or association. What’s more, URBACT cities can call on different Ad-hoc Experts, who can give specific support over the course of their activities. This can include methodological guidance, as in facilitating Networks, or thematic input and policy recommendations.


Validated Experts who are currently engaged with Programme-level activities cannot become Lead Experts in new Networks, but can still provide Ad-hoc expertise.



The URBACT IV pool of Validated Experts is under consolidation.

No matter if you are involved in an URBACT Network or not, you can always connect with peers across Europe at our events! All year round, throughout the duration of URBACT IV (2021 - 2027) you can take part in open events like the URBACT City Festivals, webinars, seminars, conferences and thematic policy labs. Mark your calendars for the next event and see you there!

Based in Paris (France), the URBACT Joint Secretariat is a group of 15-20 very an enthusiastic and committed teamorganised into three units – Projects and Programming; Knowledge and Communication; Coordination and Administration.



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