Environmental Governance & Information
LIFE Environmental Governance & Information co-finances action grants for information, awareness and dissemination projects to promote awareness raising on environmental matters and to promote knowledge on sustainable development and new patterns for sustainable consumption. Moreover, actions should support communication, management and dissemination of information in the field of the environment and facilitate knowledge sharing on successful environmental practices.
Legal persons (entities) registered in the EU can apply for the Action Grants. Moreover, applicants may fall into three types of beneficiaries:
• Public bodies
• Private commercial organisations
• Private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs)
There is no pre-determined project duration for a LIFE project. The project duration must correspond to what is necessary to complete all of the project's actions and to reach all its objectives. Most projects last for 2–5 years.
The overall financial envelope for the implementation of the LIFE Programme is € 3.457 Billion, 75% of which is allocated to the sub-programme for environment (€ 2,592,491,250).
The first LIFE Multiannual Work Programme covering the period 2014-2017 foresees a budget of € 1,347.1 Million for the sub-programme for environment.
There is no set minimum size for project budgets. Applicants are advised to ensure that the scale (and therefore the budget) of the proposed actions is sufficiently large to ensure that the project achieves meaningful results with significant EU added value. Small projects (i.e. below € 500,000 total costs) have seldom succeeded due to the limited output and consequently low added value.
When preparing a project budget, applicants should also take into account the indicative national allocations per Member State for projects financed under the sub-programme for environment applicable for the period 2014-2017.
For the duration of the first LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017, the maximum EU co-financing rate for "traditional" LIFE projects is 60% of the total eligible project costs.
More information can be found on the website for LIFE Action Grants. Further information related to the priority areas and objectives can be found in the LIFE Regulation. Member States have set up a network of Life National Contacts Points. The National Contacts Points may provide support to applicants during the preparation and submission phase for further details.