Participant villages

The Smart Rural 21 project works to support rural communities across Europe in developing and implementing their smart village strategies. Work with five pre-selected villages started in January 2020:

The final list of additional supported villages will be published very soon.

Due to the large interest in the call for participant villages, the project is now offering a new mechanism to join the smart village journey :

Come Along! is a new opportunity that allows interested villages to develop and implement smart village strategies and solutions step-by-step and at the same pace as the Smart Rural 21 participant villages.

Interested villages can sign up to become part of the Come Along! process by sending an email to the project coordinator at [email protected] or making contact through the contact form below.

There is no obligation to complete the process even if you decide to sign up. Villages can withdraw at any time without any repercussions.

What do we need to do if we join the ‘Come Along!’ process?

  • Let us know – as soon as possible and no later than 1 August 2020 – if your village would like to get on the list of Come Along! villages.
  • Your community will be encouraged to develop its smart village strategy by November 2020 – just like the project participant villages.
  • Your community will be encouraged to define initial planned actions through concrete action plans and start implementing them starting from December 2020.

What will I get from the project if I join the ‘Come Along!’ process?

  • The project will provide timely information and tools that can help Come Along! villages to prepare their smart village strategies.
  • Villages that come along, will have a priority when the project selects villages for peer-to-peer exchange (e.g. cross-visits and face-to-face events).
  • Come Along! villages’ achievements and practices will be promoted through the project communications tools.
  • Villages that complete the processand practices (develop strategies and take actions) will get a personalised Smart Rural 21 quality brand (logo).

Why not join now?


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