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LIFE – Community-driven clean energy transition in coal, peat and oil-shale regions – 2021

To empower coal, peat and oil-shale regions to advance the clean energy transition

3 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Energy Health
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union

The list of participating countries is available here. 

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To maximise spending of the Just Transition Mechanism in the area of the clean energy transition;
  • To support local/regional bottom-up activities, that are in line with territorial just transition plans and aim to use effectively the resources of the Just Transition Mechanism and/or and other sources of public and/or private funding

Among financed actions:

  • Alignment of local/regional strategies with the clean energy transition and strengthening the implementation by deploying support from the Just Transition Mechanism, which should also include strong citizens’ engagement in the governance structures and decision making processes;
  • Building capacity and understanding amongst key stakeholders, local communities and citizens for the clean energy transition, in particular, with an emphasis on the economic and social opportunities and environmental and health benefits;
  • Alleviating energy poverty including demonstration of the wider benefits including improved health;
  • Developing sustainable energy project pipelines such as the energy-efficient renovation of buildings, energy-efficient district heating and cooling systems or low carbon transport solutions

Additional information:

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the project: The project starting date and duration will be fixed in the Grant Agreement


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies);
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries;
  • Proposals must be submitted by at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries;
  • Proposals should involve at least three different target regions in three different Member States in order to disseminate good practices and experiences across borders and strengthening the EU added value
  • Amount of the grant: 1 million euro per project ;
  • Co-financing rate: up to 95% of the total eligible costs

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