SIRCLES launches the sub-grant Circular Economy competition


Due to high rates of youth unemployment, in particular NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and women, the Mediterranean basin faces economic and social challenges that are not specific to one country, but rather impact all Mediterranean countries. SIRCLES partners want to explore new employment opportunities by applying the circular economy applied to the biowaste sector in Spain, Greece, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Italy. The project mainly focuses on developing new capacities oriented to business development and separation, collection, composting and agriculture processes.

SIRCLES project is launching a call for sub-grants with the objective of supporting new or existing companies in Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon following a circular economy business model in the field of biowaste management. All proposed projects must therefore contribute to increase green employment opportunities, especially for vulnerable social groups/groups at risk of social exclusion (i.e., NEET and women) and consequently create green jobs by involving the most vulnerable sectors of the population and supporting environmental sustainability.

The sub-grants will take the form of a reimbursement of costs and will be delivered in 3 instalments (50% pre-financing /30% intermediate payment /20% balance payment). Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 10.000,00 and EUR 35.000,00.  Selected applicants (subgrantees) will be required a 5% (for new business) or 10% (for existing business) cash contribution of the project budget specifically and directly related to the implementation of the project.

In order to be eligible to receive a sub-grant, the applicant must be a legally constituted micro, small and medium enterprise, a registered home-based business (local community) or an individual (legal person) involved in the biowaste sector. The competition only accepts applicants from Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon. Please see the details of the competition for the eligible territories of these countries that applicants should be based in.

Interested parties are invited to apply now for a chance to boost their ability to implement Biowaste Management projects and activities!

To check the application document: 

To apply:

Tunisia Ecotourism

Rene Moawad Foundation


House of Water and Environment HWE

Deadline for submission is October 23rd, 2022