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LIFE Operating grants strengthening European environment and climate action policy and legislation by supporting operational costs for non-profit making entities

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Operating grants assisting non-profit entities pursuing an aim of Union interest in the field of environment and climate action

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LIFE, the new programme for environment and climate action allocates operating grants for co-financing the work programme of non-profit entities Operating grants are foreseen for both Environment and Climate Action sub-programme.


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News related to LIFE - (3.) OPERATING GRANTS

  • 12 February 2018
    Investments granted to Member States to improve the quality of life of citizens
    In the framework of the new LIFE programme for environment and climate action, the European Commission has approved a 98.2 million euro investment program to support Europe's transition to a circular economy in Europe low carbon. 

  • 28 December 2017
    LIFE, an effective programme for the climate
    The mid-term report of the LIFE Programme, which covers 2014-2015 on a current 2014-2020 programming, concluded that this program was effective and relevant, while being complementary to the other policies and programs of the European Union (e.g. results of environmental and climate-related resea...

  • 23 November 2017
    Towards cleaner European transport
    The European Union wants to improve the energy efficiency of its road transport, currently doing worse than Canada, the United States or even China. On 21th November 2017, it launched a public consultation to study options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its transportation.

  • 01 June 2017
    Green Awards ceremony honours exceptional LIFE projects
    Outstanding LIFE projects from the programme's 25-year history were celebrated at the Green Awards ceremony in Brussels on 30 May.

  • 19 May 2017
    21st May - European Natura 2000 Day
    To mark the 25th Anniversary of the Habitats Directive and of the LIFE Programme, the European Commission declared 21st May as “European Natura 2000 Day”.

  • 07 September 2016
    First success for LIFE SIRENIA in Guadeloupe
    LIFE SIRENIA is an European program cofunded by LIFE. The objective is to fund projects that protect the environment and preserve the nature. 

  • 29 August 2016
    Learn how to co-exist with bears thanks to the LIFE programme
    The Life DinAlp Bear project is co-financed by the LIFE programme and aims to manage the population level and conservation of brown bears in northern Dinaric Mountains and the Alps. Within this project, a guidebook has been published to promote the co-existence between humans and brown bears.

  • 24 May 2016
    Natura 2000 Awards: the winners of 2016
    Natura 2000 is a network aiming at protecting and enhancing Europe’s natural heritage and securing the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species.It gathers over 27 000 protected sites that covers 18 % of EU land territory and more than 5 % of its marine areas...

  • 27 January 2016
    LIFE: 63.8 million euro for new environmental projects across the EU
    New LIFE funding will help mobilize over € 1 billion of support to environmental plans across member states.

  • 20 November 2015
    LIFE : 96 NEW environment projects
    The European Commission has approved funding for 96 new projects in 21 Member States under its LIFE programme for the Environment. These projects represent a total investment of € 264.8 million, of which the EU will provide € 160.6 million



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