The LIFE Regulation, which was published on 20 December 2013, sets a budget for the next funding period, 2014–2020, of €3.4 billion in current prices. View the LIFE Regulation
On this page you can find information about the DG Environment and DG Climate Action programme for operating grants to European environmental and/or climate NGOs. The legal base for the programme is the LIFE Regulation which provides that "Operating grants shall support certain operational and administrative costs of non-profit making entities which pursue an aim of general Union interest, are primarily active in the field of environment or climate action and are involved in the development, implementation and enforcement of Union policy and legislation." (Article 21 of the Regulation).
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) invites non-governmental organisations (NGOs) active in the field of environment and/or climate action to present proposals. This call for proposals aims at identifying framework partners to which the EASME may at a later stage award specific operating grants. Those specific operating grants shall foresee co-financing of the operating costs of NGO's related to the eligible activities provided for in the framework partners' 2016 and 2017 Work Programme, and they will cover certain administrative and operational costs for the financial years 2016 and 2017.
The call will close on 27 July 2015. Please note that if the application is not sent by post but delivered by hand, it must arrive not later than 16:00 Brussels local time on 27 July at the Commission's central mail service. See the full calendar on the call page.
Applicants must use the LIFE operating grants application package for the preparation of their proposals (in English only). Applications can be submitted in any official EU language, but preferably in English. The application package contains full and detailed explanations with regard to eligibility, procedures, co-funding rates and all other relevant details. It can be downloaded here.
The indicative total budget earmarked for the co-financing of NGO operating grants is estimated at EUR 18,000,000.00 (eighteen million euros) for a two year period, i.e. 9,000,000.00 (nine million euros) yearly.
Support by national authorities: Member States may, on a voluntary basis, provide support to applicants. For further details, please contact your National Contact Point.
Why is there a funding programme for European environmental and/or climate NGOs?
For the development and implementation of EU environmental or climate policy there needs to be an open and wide-ranging dialogue with all stakeholders. It is important that NGOs are able to take part in such a dialogue since they have a good understanding of public concerns on the environment and climate change. Their presence is important to provide a sound balance in relation to the interests of other actors.
European NGOs are for example valuable in co-ordinating and channelling the views of national organisations and citizens as input to the decision making process. For the development and implementation of environmental and/or climate policy, they participate in preparatory work and expert groups and conduct research and studies, for instance to feedback and help shape European policies. Another example of an area where NGOs play an important role is awareness raising and environmental and/or climate education.
What organisations can apply for funding?
Proposals may be submitted by legal entities which are:
National NGOs are not targeted by this Call. Please check carefully the Call on eligibility, selection and award criteria.
What is the application procedure and how are organisations selected?
The applications are evaluated and ranked according to a number of award criteria. These criteria relate to the extent to which the organisations can contribute to EU policy development and implementation in the priority areas of EU environmental and/or climate policy. The evaluation is made by EASME, external experts, DG Environment and DG Climate Action experts in these fields. Some other aspects are also taken into account, for example the potential for the organisation to develop and improve.
How many and what organisations are presently funded?
The number of NGOs funded each year varies depending on the quality of the applications, the amounts applied for and the total budget available. In the past, between 25 and 30 organisations have been selected for funding each year. Lists of NGOs funded since 1997 are available here.
What are the major changes in 2015?
For information related to the NGO Call 2015 (Call for proposals for framework partnership agreements), please note that you should send your question to the NGO functional mailbox before 22 July, otherwise we cannot guarantee that you receive the answer on time before the call closure.
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By mail: EASME. For information related to the NGO Call 2015 (Call for proposals for framework partnership agreements), please note that you should send your question to the NGO functional mailbox before 22 July, otherwise we cannot guarantee that you receive the answer on time before the call closure.