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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).

NGOs operating grants 2016 – restricted call

Framework partners, please be informed that EASME has published the LIFE NGO SGA 2016, covering your next financial year (2017) on 13 June 2016 with submission deadline, 28 July 2016.

The application forms are similar to the previous call, including the table with the overview on your work programme during the financial year (the table requested during revisions) plus more information on other on-going grants.

The financial forms are slightly simplified (mainly on the level of detail required for travel costs).

The invitation to submit your work plan for the next financial year was sent by email on 13 June 2016.

Please find below the links to section T (technical work programme) and section F (estimated budget):

Download: Call for proposals for Operating grants For Specific Grant Agreements to non-governmental organisations primarily active in the field of environment and/or climate action

This call is only open for selected framework partners who have received an invitation to submit the 2017 work programme 

Call for proposals for NGOs operating grants in 2017
a) Publication date of the present call for proposals 13 June 2016
b) Closing date/deadline for submitting applications 28 July 2016 before 24:00 (before 16h00 Brussels time if hand-delivered)
c) Assessment of the 2017 work programmes August 2016 (indicative)
d) Notification of results to all applicants and revision phase September/October 2016 (indicative)
e) Signature of the specific operating grant agreements October/November 2016 (indicative)

NGOs operating grants 2016 kick-off meeting

A kick-off meeting for NGOs took place on 26 April at the offices of EASME. A total of 32 NGOs working on climate and environmental policies are being funded in 2016 through the award of an operating grant (View list below). The meeting provided an opportunity for clarifying contractual and financial issues, discussing simplifications as well as for an exchange on the contributions of the NGOs to policy advocacy and implementation.

Download: Presentations-NGOs operating grants 2016 kick-off meeting:

NGOs funded in 2016
2° Investing Initiative European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Friends of the Earth Europe
CEE Bankwatch Network Health Care Without Harm Europe
European Cyclists' Federation
BirdLife Europe European Environmental Bureau
Health & Environment Alliance
Climate Action Network Europe European Litter Prevention Programme
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements EU Group
Coalition Clean Baltic EUROPARC Federation Justice & Environment
Eurosite Nature Code
Carbon Disclosure Project Europe
CEEweb for Biodiversity Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU NGO Shipbreaking Platform
Third Generation Environmentalism
Pesticide Action Network Europe Seas at Risk Slow Food
European Federation for Transport & Environment
Wetlands International - European Association  WWF European Policy Programme
WWF International Danube-Carpathian Programme Zero Waste Europe

Call for proposals for LIFE Framework partnership agreements for non-governmental organisations (for funding in 2016 and 2017)

The call on framework partnership agreements for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is now closed.

Following the FPA call and the first selection round, a restricted call (2nd step) will be launched around 25 November. It will be sent only to the NGOs recommended for funding. Selected NGOs will be invited to sign a bi-annual Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) and to submit a yearly work programme in view of signing a Specific Grant Agreement (SGA) for the financial year 2016.

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.



NGO Framework Partnership Agreements and 2017 Specific Grant Agreements

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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.

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