The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.
Projects financed by LIFE+ must satisfy the following criteria:
Projects must be of EU interest, making a significant contribution to the achievement of the general objective of LIFE+;
They must be technically and financially coherent and feasible and provide value for money;
Where possible, projects financed by LIFE+ should promote synergies between different priorities under the sixth Environmental Action Programme, and integration.
In addition, to ensure European added value and avoid financing recurring activities, projects should satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
Best-practice or demonstration projects, for the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives;
Innovative or demonstration projects, relating to EU environmental objectives, including the development or dissemination of best practice techniques, know-how or technologies;
Awareness-raising campaigns and special training for agents involved in forest fire prevention;
Projects for the development and implementation of EU objectives relating to the broad-based, harmonized, comprehensive and long-term monitoring of forests and environmental interactions.
The LIFE Programme may fund public and private bodies.
Guidelines for applicants are published annually with the call for proposals. The European Commission also organises information workshops for potential LIFE+ applicants in each EU Member State, providing valuable advice and guidance on what national authorities and the Commission expect from project proposals in national languages. Potential beneficiaries are advised, if possible, to attend one of these workshops, which generally take place in May, June and July.
Answers to some frequently asked questions in relation to the application process can be found on the LIFE website.
LIFE+ is open to public or private bodies, actors or institutions registered in the European Union. Project proposals can either be submitted by a single beneficiary or by a partnership which includes a coordinating beneficiary and one or several associated beneficiaries. They can be either national or transnational, but the actions must exclusively take place within the territory of the 27 Member States of the European Union.
You can find more information on the website of European Commission and on your own governmental organization related environmental issues.