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LIFE – Capacity Building – 2021

The LIFE programme for 2021-2027 is the EU’s framework funding programme for the environment and climate change.

9 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions European Union

Countries eligible for the grant:

  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To support national level public bodies responsible for the implementation of LIFE to improve their Member State’s effective participation in the Programme, and increasing the quality of submitted proposals, through specific needs based activities.


  • Priority 1: Identify
    • the reasons for low effective participation in the LIFE programme,
    • the types of applicants (public organisations, private entities and civil society organisations) that struggle to access LIFE funding in a given Member State (and reasons for that),
    • the types of LIFE projects that are underused in a given Member State (and reasons for that);
  • Priority 2: Identify the most effective activities addressing the low participation and/or the ineffective participation rate of different types of applicants (public organisations, private entities and civil society organisations) in the LIFE Programme.

Among financed actions

  • Targeted and tailor-made communication campaigns on the LIFE Programme addressed, among others, to public national and local authorities responsible for the implementation of environmental and climate action policies and plans at all levels and across the entire national territory, as well as to private sector stakeholders which are relevant for the programme;
  • Tailor-made workshops on writing solid proposals; actions supporting replication/ transfer of LIFE projects results; helping applicants to build (transnational) consortia; trainings on the use and monitoring of key performance indicators, etc.;
  • Screening of national environmental and climate actions priorities to support, through LIFE projects, the development, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of relevant Union legislations;
  • Actions aimed at increasing the participation of those types of applicants that struggle to access LIFE funding in a given Member State (e.g. public organisations, private entities, civil society organisations) as identified in the needs assessment;
  • Actions aimed at increasing the use of certain types of LIFE projects, reinforcing the mainstreaming of environmental and climate actions into other sectors, enhancing synergies between LIFE and other EU funds, supporting use of cumulative financing from other Union programmes or private sector;
  • Procurement of external experts to address ad-hoc gaps, to provide advice and to support in the preparation of a proposal;
  • Gap analysis and assessment of policy uptake of LIFE project results.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: 36 months.


  • Be a national level public bodies responsible for implementation of LIFE in an eligible Member State in the European Union;
  • Consortiums may include additional entities provided that their participation is justified by the project objectives and their role is clearly defined;
  • In principle, the project should be coordinated by public bodies responsible for implementation of LIFE;
  • The actions included in proposals for capacity-building projects must take place primarily within the territory of the Member State of the main applicant.
  • Amount of the grant: between 400,000 and 425,000 euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 95% of the total eligible costs

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