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LIFE (2014-2020)

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

EU operating grants to environmental and/or climate non-governmental organisations (NGOs)

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).

LIFE 2018 Call for Proposals for Operating Grants to finance Specific Grant Agreements (SGAs) with the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that concluded a Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs)

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05 March 2018 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. This call will only be opened to NGOs that have concluded a LIFE Framework Partnership Agreement.

Indicative timetable for SGAs with NGOs that have concluded a LIFE Framework Partnership Agreement
Date or period Activity
June 2018 Call publication
July 2018 Deadline to submit the full proposals
August 2018 Evaluation of the proposals
September 2018 Notification to applicants of the evaluation results
October 2018 Revision of proposals recommended for funding
October/November 2018 Signature of Specific Grant Agreements (SGAs)

LIFE 2017 call for proposals for NGOs and information day

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03 April 2017 The call for proposals for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) active in the fields of environment and climate action is closed. The next call is planned for April 2019.

To check the eligibility of your organisation for future calls, please read carefully the eligibility criteria. Any applicant must:

  1. Be a non-profit making legal person;
  2. Be independent, in particular from government, other public authorities, and from political or commercial interests;
  3. Be primarily active in the field of environment and/or climate action and have an environmental/climate objective which is aimed at:
    1. the public good,
    2. sustainable development, and
    3. the development, implementation and enforcement of European Union environmental and/or climate policy and legislation;
  4. Be established (legally registered) in one of the European Union Member States.
  5. Be operating at Union level with a structure and activities covering at least three European Union Member States.

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.

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.

 


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