Open Call for SMEs

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Open Call

The First Mile Approach – A Smart Start
toward Sustainability for tourism SMEs

Imagine a tourism sector that’s not just thriving but also sustainable and climate-neutral. That’s the vision of the First Mile Project. We’re here to offer you real, actionable solutions that help you take your first steps toward a more sustainable future.

Open from 23rd October to 22nd December 2023

↑ Discover the details of our Open Call in our brief video! ↑


80 SMEs

in tourism sector

Up to

€ 685.000

available funding

Up to

€ 10.000

per SME

Are You a Tourism SME Eager to Make a Difference?

If you’ve been looking for ways to drive sustainability in your business, this is your chance. With expert guidance, financial support, and a community of like-minded businesses, you can do your part towards a more sustainable tourism.

Can You Apply?

Are you a tourism-related SME based in France, Italy, Northern Norway, or the Julian Alps Biosphere in Slovenia? Are you working in accommodation, food or other services? If yes, we’re looking for you! We’re inviting tourism SMEs from these regions and sectors who are ready to take actionable steps towards sustainability.

Why Should You Join?

Expertise at Your Fingertips 

Dive into the world of “Behavioral Sciences” with guidance from global experts. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint, minimize environmental impact, and improve overall sustainability with our tailored coaching sessions. 

Funds to Fuel Your Vision

Receive up to 10,000 EUR to implement easy and impactful changes.

Easy application process

A very easy application form:  Watch the pedagogical video, read the documents, and apply in 5 minutes!

Connect, Share, Grow 

Engage with other tourism SMEs, exchange experiences, and collectively drive the industry towards a brighter, sustainable future.

Stand Out 

Showcase your commitment and best practices on an international platform. Let the world recognize your efforts.

How Does the Application Process Work?

Mark the Date 

Applications close on December 22, 2023, at 17:00 CET.

Attention: First come, first served deal! Applying early, benefits your chances to be funded.

Stay Tuned

We’ll be reaching out to successful applicants in February 2024.

The Journey Ahead 

Once selected, you’ll be part of our support program from March 2024 to August 2025.


FirstMile Project Timeline

Before applying

Watch the pedagogical video, it will enable you to fill out the application form! Be ready to upload the National identification number certificate of your company.

Read carefully the following:

Choose your language at the top and apply!

Check out the video explaining the projects tactics