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Call: LIFE Preparatory projects

Acronym LIFE
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

The LIFE Programme shall in particular have the following general objectives:

  • to contribute to the shift towards a resource-efficient, lowcarbon and climate- resilient economy, to the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment and to halting and reversing biodiversity loss, including the support of the Natura 2000 network and tackling the degradation of ecosystems;
  • to improve the development, implementation and enforcement of Union environmental and climate policy and legislation, and to act as a catalyst for, and promote, the integration and mainstreaming of environmental and climate objectives into other Union policies and public and private sector practice, including by increasing the public and private sector's capacity;
  • to support better environmental and climate governance at all levels, including better involvement of civil society, NGOs and local actors;
  • to support the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.
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Description of programme

The sub-programme for Environment covers the priority areas:

  • Environment and Resource Efficiency,
  • Nature and Biodiversity, and
  • Environmental Governance and Information
LIFE Preparatory projects
Description of call
"LIFE Preparatory projects"
Once a year the Commission makes an inventory of specific needs regarding the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation that need to be addressed during the following years and identifies among them the needs that could be addressed by Preparatory projects.
Under the 2019 call, proposals may be submitted only to address the following specific needs:
  1. Carbon farming schemes to reward farmers and foresters for the delivery of climate public goods
  2. Supporting sustainable textiles through innovative solutions to collection and recycling
  3. Natural capital based environmental accounting and reporting standards
  4. Private Land Conservation
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Thematic Focus Climate, Climate Change, Environment & Biodiversity, Circular Economy, Sustainability, Natural Resources, Agriculture & Forestry, Fishery, Food
Funding area EU Member States
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Eligible applicants Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, Public Services, National Government, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Applicant details LIFE is open to public or private bodies, actors or institutions registered in or, exceptionally, outside the European Union. 
Beneficiaries may include: (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs).
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details Project proposals can either be submitted by a single applicant or by a partnership which includes a coordinating beneficiary (the applicant) and one or several associated beneficiaries.
Recurring Call Yes
Further info A Preparatory project would be expected to last between 2 and 3 years.

Type of Funding Grants
Financial details Total call budget: 2.8 million €
The budget is allocated as follows:
  • Topic 1 - 1 million €
  • Topic 2 - 180 000 €
  • Topic 3 - 600 000 €
  • Topic 4 - 1 million €
Co-financing rate: max. 60%
LIFE 2019 – Preparatory Projects
European Commission
DG ENV – LIFE Unit (BU9 03/006)
B-1049 Brussels
Contact Details

For detailed information on LIFE national contact points, please follow this link.

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