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LIFE Climate Action: Project grants and NGO support

LIFE Climate Action: Project grants and NGO support

Grants are available for a variety of climate action projects. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working towards environmental and climate goals at European level can also obtain funding for their operational and administrative costs.

Action grants for projects

Action grants are aimed at projects pursuing specific objectives in the programme's priority areas: climate mitigation, climate adaptation or governance and information.

There are different types of projects:

  • Pilot projects 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 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 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 support communication, dissemination of information and awareness raising in the field of climate action.
  • Integrated projects implement climate plans, strategies or roadmaps required by specific EU climate legislation or developed by Member States' authorities on a large territorial scale.
  • Technical assistance projects support the preparation of integrated projects that can be submitted in the following year.
  • Preparatory projects address specific needs for the development and implementation of EU environmental or climate policy and legislation (not included in the 2016 call).
  • Capacity building projects provide financial support to activities required to build the capacity of Member States, including LIFE national or regional contact points (not included in the 2016 call).

Calls for project proposals

The 2016 call for project proposals is open until September 2016. The closing date depends on the type of project.

More information on the LIFE 2016 website

This call particularly encourages projects focusing on the following policy priorities:

  • For climate change mitigation:
    • energy intensive industries
    • fluorinated greenhouse gases
    • land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) addressing land use, greenhouse gas accounting of land use, sustainable use of solid biomass and agriculture
  • For climate change adaptation:
    • key cross-sectoral, trans-regional and/or cross-border issues
    • vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies
    • urban adaptation
  • For climate governance and information:
    • national 2030 climate and energy strategies and/or mid-century strategies
    • climate policies through monitoring, reporting and evaluation as well as awareness raising and training on new legislation
    • coordination platforms on climate policy monitoring, assessment and ex-post evaluation to support development of climate action on mitigation and adaptation
    • exchange of best practice and awareness raising on climate change vulnerabilities and climate change adaptation options

Operating grants for NGOs

Operating grants aim to strengthen civil society participation in EU environmental and climate policy through funding for non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

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

The next call for NGOs operating grants will be launched in the second half of 2016.

More information on the LIFE website