Operational Programme Digital Poland (OPDP) is funded from two sources:
- European Regional Development Fund, from which EUR 2.2 billion,
- National funds – public and private, where the minimum commitment amounts to EUR 394.4 million.
The allocation of funds to the individual priorities:
- common access to high-speed Internet: EUR 1 020.2 million,
- e-government and open government:EUR 949.6 million,
- digital competences of the society, i.e. encouraging to use the Internet: EUR 145 million.
Means of project financing
A beneficiary whose project was selected for support under the Programme concludes a contract on project co-financing with the competent institution. Contract on project co-financing specifies the amount of support provided for the implementation of the project and the conditions for its implementation.
The agreement or the decision contains in particular the following information:
- the amount of co-financing granted,
- the deadline and means of settling the funding granted,
- method to be used for reporting and settlement,
- sanctions for breaching the provisions of the contract/agreement or decision on co-financing.
Method of financing of a given project depends on the type of the entity using the funding and the specific nature of the project.
According to the general rule, co-financing may cover only the so-called eligible costs. A catalogue of eligible costs is established for each programme and for each type of project. If during the implementation of a project there arises a need to carry out tasks which were not included on the list of eligible costs, such tasks should be financed from beneficiaries’ own funds.
A portion of projects financed under the Programme may require that the entities implementing the programme participate in the covering of its costs by making the so-called own contribution. This principle is applicable to projects involving State aid.
Beneficiaries receive co-financing in the form of:
- a refund – support constitutes a repayment of all or part of expenditure actually incurred by the entity implementing the programme and financed from its own funds,
- advance payment – paid out for planned expenditure.The final settlement is made on the basis of documents indicating actually and appropriately incurred expenditure.
- repayable instruments.