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LIFE – European City Facility – 2021

The LIFE Programme is the EU Programme for Environment and Climate Action.

16 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Energy
Regions European Economic Area, European Union

Listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature are equally eligible for the grant.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To run a ‘European City Facility’ under LIFE which offers financial support and services to cities and municipalities or their groupings to develop investment concepts for sustainable energy investments, with a dedicated focus on energy efficiency.


  • Priority 1: Offer services at the national/regional level to support cities and municipalities in the application, investment concept development and investment implementation processes;
  • Priority 2: Envisage appropriate replication measures and exchange of best practices among cities and municipalities, in particular also with a view to enabling the uptake and efficient operationalisation of the fundamental approaches of its scheme at the national/regional level;
  • Priority 3: Establish an appropriate framework for comprehensive monitoring, analysis and capitalisation of results, notably the leverage factor achieved by the EUCF financial support with regard to envisaged investment concepts and related source(s) of funding.

Among financed actions

  • Increase, demonstrate and document, leveraging of (private) finance into sustainable energy and, in particular, energy efficiency investments by public authorities;
  • Deliver investment concepts and transform them into ambitious tangible investments as a result of the action;
  • Invest in sustainable energy triggered by the project;
  • Deliver primary energy savings/Renewable energy generation triggered by the project (GWh/year);
  • Help public authority staff to increase capacity for developing investible sustainable energy and, in particular, energy efficiency projects;
  • Reduce greenhouse gases emissions.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies);
  • A consortium composed of at least 3 entities, established in at least 3 different eligible countries must be constituted.
  • Total amount of the call: 16 million euro
  • Total amount of the topic: 16 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: 16 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: 95% of the total eligible costs

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