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LIFE Climate Action: Grants and projects

Grants are available for a variety of climate action projects and for non-governmental organisations working towards climate goals at European level.


Action grant projects

Action grants are aimed at projects that pursue general and specific objectives of the priority areas. There are several types of projects:

  • Pilot projects. These apply a technique or method that has not been applied or tested before, or elsewhere, and that offer potential climate advantages compared to current best practice
  • Demonstration projects. These put into practice, test, evaluate and disseminate actions, methodologies or approaches that are new or unknown in the project's specific context, such as geographical, ecological, socio-economic, and that could be applied elsewhere in similar circumstances.
  • Best practice projects. These apply appropriate, cost-effective, state-of-the-art techniques, methods and approaches taking into account the specific context of the project;
  • Information, awareness, and dissemination projects. These aim to support communication, dissemination of information and awareness raising in the field of climate action.

The next call for action grants will open in spring 2016.

Integrated projects

These are projects that implement climate plans, strategies or roadmaps required by specific EU climate legislation or developed by Member States' authorities on a large territorial scale, in particular at regional, multi-regional, national or transnational level.

They must ensure the involvement of stakeholders and promote the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source. Integrated projects could support, for example, the implementation of the 2030 climate and energy framework or the EU Adaptation Strategy.

Funding is also available for technical assistance projects to support the preparation of integrated projects that can be submitted in the following year.

The next call for integrated and technical assistance projects is planned in spring 2016

For more information, see the Multiannual Work Programme.

Operating grants

Operating grants will be made available for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are primarily active in the field of climate action and/or environment. The call for an NGO framework partnership was launched in 2015 and is now closed. 

 The objective of operating grants is to co-finance the operational and administrative costs of EU level climate and/or environmental NGOs in relation to activities, provided for in their annual work programme, that involve contributing to the implementation and/or development of EU environmental and/or climate policy and legislation in the EU.

The expected result is to strengthen civil society participation in the dialogue process of environmental and/or climate policy development and implementation.

Preparatory projects

Preparatory projects address specific needs for the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation. The specific need under the Climate Action sub-programme in 2015 was the "Establishment of a network for the quantification of the effect of cropland and grazing land management on climate". 

The call for preparatory projects closed on 30 October 2015.