The instrument Eco Consultant LT is a grant designed for the provision of the required information, consulting methodological and other support to micro, small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) on more efficient use of resources, conservation of natural resources, introduction of eco-innovations and similar matters in order to boost SMB investments in eco-innovations and other technologies which use resources efficiently.

The instrument Eco Consultant LT is available to SMB which had insured employees every month for a period of at least six months prior to the month of submission of the application. The maximum amount of financing to one project promoter during the term of the grant agreement is EUR 4,000 (four thousand euro).

Only the costs of consultations whose topics are published on the website www.verslilietuva.lt and the website of Network of Business Consultants are eligible for compensation. Once the availability period ends, the project promoter can submit a new project to (request a new availability period from) INVEGA.

Up to EUR 1,448,100 (one million four hundred forty eight thousand and one hundred euro) from the European Regional Development Fund has been earmarked for project implementation.

Call for applications under the instrument Eco-consultant LT.

Instrument implementation period The applications for the instrument can be submitted until 30 November 2020 and grant agreements will be signed until 30 November 2020.

INVEGA may suspend the acceptance of applications and/or signing of grant agreements when the maximum available amount of financing specified in grant agreements under which the compensation of consultation costs is still ongoing reaches the maximum amount of the call.

Maximum availability period A continuous period of 6 months calculated from the date of entry into effect of the grant agreement and date of adoption of the decision on the amount of financing for the project.
Maximum compensation amount The maximum amount of financing to one project promoter during the term of the grant agreement is EUR 4,000.
Fixed rate 54.70 EUR/h excl. VAT*

65.52 EUR/h incl. VAT*

Topics of consultations: Waste Recycling and Reuse in Manufacturing, Eco-design of Products, Introduction of Eco-innovations.
44.48 EUR/h excl. VAT*

53.15 EUR/h incl. VAT*

Topics of consultations: Prevention of Pollution, Introduction of Environmental Management Systems.
Compensation intensity Up to 85 per cent of consultation costs calculated at the fixed cost. The applicant’s contribution to the project financing must cover at least 15 per cent of the costs of consultations.
Terms and conditions of compensation Only the costs of consultations whose topics are listed in Annex 3 to the Specification of the Network of Business Consultants and published on the website www.verslilietuva.lt are deemed to be eligible.

The eligible activities are the provision of consulting expert services to SMB on more efficient use of resources, conservation of natural resources and similar topics.

State aid  The support to the applicant will be provided under the de minimis Regulation.
Compensation procedure The project promoter is eligible to partial compensation of consultation costs when all of the following conditions are fulfilled:

– a grant agreement has been signed with INVEGA;

– the project promoter engaged with the business consultant during the compensation availability period;

– the project promoter received consultations on the topic which meets the requirements of paragraph 32 of the Specification;

– the project promoter has made payment to the consultant for the consultations received;

– at the time of disbursement of compensation, the project promoter has not acquired the status of a company undergoing bankruptcy, bankrupt, undergoing restructuring or liquidation and no pre-trial investigation into the business and/or economic activities of the project promoter has been launched.

The period of processing of applications is up to 30 days from the date of receipt of a duly completed application with all the necessary accompanying documents by INVEGA.

*valid for contracts concluded from 1 January, 2018

The costs will be reimbursed to the project promoter by INVEGA after the receipt of the report from the Network of Business Consultants on the consultations received and paid for no later than by the end of the second month following the reporting calendar month (Example: If the report for the month of May contains information on consultations received and paid for by the project promoter, the compensation amount will be transferred to the project promoter no later than by the end of July).

The amount of eligible costs of the project not covered by the available financing must be covered by the project promoter. The project promoter undertakes to pay 100 per cent of consultation costs to the consultant which can be paid in instalments for consultation hours.

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