Low-carbon Built Environment Programme

The Low-carbon Built Environment Programme offers a total of EUR 40 million in funding in 2021–2023 to support climate work related to the built environment. Support is targeted to companies, municipalities and other operators and stakeholders.

The programme aims to boost the development and dissemination of products, technologies, services and practices for the built environment that mitigate climate change and promote decarbonisation, promote the renewal of economic structures and enhance the competitiveness of Finnish companies based on sustainable solutions.

The programme, run jointly by the Ministry of the Environment and Business Finland, also aims to promote climate change adaptation. KIRAHub is involved in programme coordination and related communication. Eight calls for funding in total were organised through three financial instruments.

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Besides funding, the programme provides a platform for extensive cooperation and sharing best practices for actors interested in climate work related to the built environment.

You are welcome to our events to hear more and network with other actors. We are also happy to help in brainstorming your project ideas. You can stay tuned by following the KIRAHub website and subscribing to the newsletter. To participate in the discussion in social media, use #KIRAilmasto.

Funding from the Ministry of the Environment

The funding from the Ministry of the Environment totals EUR 6 million, and companies and other bodies operating only in Finland were also eligible. Funding was granted e.g. to projects that support the transition into a low-carbon built environment or the development of different kinds of tools.

Timetable for calls for applications for funding from the Ministry of the Environment

  1. Application period 16 December 2021 to 11 February 2022
  2. Application period 9 May 2022 to 13 June 2022.
  3. Application period 17 October 2022 to 11 November 2022.
  4. Application period 6 February 2023 to 3 March 2023

Business Finland funding for research, development and innovation

The total volume of Business Finland’s RDI funding for low-carbon solutions for the built environment is EUR 32 million. This is intended to support research, development and innovation activities that promote the decarbonisation of the built environment and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Funding was granted to companies that seek international growth and research organisations that support these. Municipalities and other public bodies were eligible for funding in the form of support for innovative public procurement operations when the operation in question has an impact on the development of the sector.

Timetable for calls for applications for Business Finland funding:

  1. Application period 23 August 2021 to 15 October 2021
  2. Application period 23 August 2021 to 31 March 2022
  3. Application period 1 September 2022 to 31 October 2022
  4. Application period (supplement) 2 December 2022 to 14 April 2023

Business Finland export funding

A total of EUR 2 million in funding was available in the Business Finland export subsidy programme for other actions that also support exports.

Funding from the EU Recovery Instrument and its criteria

The Low-carbon Built Environment Programme contributes to the implementation of the Finnish Sustainable Growth Programme, which is part of the EU's Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). Part of the RRF funding will be targeted to climate work related to the built environment. The calls for applications concerning this theme will be organised by the Ministry of the Environment and Business Finland.

The projects to be supported must comply with principle of ‘do no significant harm’, i.e. they may not have significant negative impacts on the environment. More detailed criteria for eligible projects will be available in the materials related to each call for applications.

The scheme will be applicable until 31 December 2025.


Maija Stenvall
Project Coordinator
tel. +358 295 250 354
[email protected]

Applications for Business Finland funding

Virpi Mikkonen
Account Lead
Business Finland
tel. +358 50 557 7930
[email protected]