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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 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 open! To check the eligibility of your organisation, 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.

For more information, follow this link to download the call, application guide and other useful documents.

An information event for potential applicants will take place on 20 April at the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in Brussels. Please register for the event by 13 April.

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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