What’s it like to apply for LIFE funding? How much time will you need? How do you find the best partners? We asked 3 recently successful projects for their insight. Here, the team from LIFE UrbanRoofs explains how they applied for their climate change adaptation project.
Can you briefly describe your project?
LIFE UrbanRoofs is a climate adaptation project which will work to convince private owners to invest in greening the roofs of their properties. The overall objective is to mitigate the effects of heavy precipitation and lessen heat-island effects in the Netherlands and Denmark.
We are starting with 3 demonstration sites in Rotterdam – a low-income housing project, a community building and a street where property owners face a common problem from flooding. Through this work we will create a blueprint for how to green roofs, and this will be replicated in the town of Vejle in Southern Denmark.
How did you find out about LIFE funding and what led you to apply to this programme in particular?
We already had experience with the LIFE programme, so we knew it was a useful funding source to support our project.
How long did it take you to prepare the full proposal?
Altogether, including gathering partners and finalising the proposal, the process took 2 months. You have to be well organised so as to submit your project proposal on time.
How did you find your project partners?
We used our existing network in the Netherlands. This means we already had solid working relationships so could move forward with the project swiftly.
What are your 3 lessons for future applicants?
- start early! You need to define your project, the budget and consortium as early as possible;
- you also need to start preparing your application early so you can overcome any unexpected difficulties;
- be very clear in what you want to achieve and how you will do this. Having a clear project proposal will make it easier for the body which makes the assessment to understand what your intentions are – and hopefully come to a positive decision.