The European Commission (EC) has launched the Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) Project Grants to facilitate the transition toward a sustainable, circular, toxic-free, energy-efficient/climate-resilient economy and toward a toxic-free environment as well as to protect, restore and improve the quality of the environment.
The specific objective is to cover one or more of the following topics:
- Activities in support of public administrations’ decision-making and voluntary approaches
- Improving the capacity of public administration to implement a holistic vision of the environment, including managing, monitoring, assessing environmental plans, programmes and initiatives, by involving responsible authorities, also through institutional collaboration at different territorial level and/or where appropriate in partnership with private entities, with a view to develop synergies, to reduce administrative burden and/or to optimise environmental outcomes. These activities will contribute, where applicable, to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals.
- Environmental compliance assurance and access to justice
- Supporting environmental compliance assurance by
- establishing new or, where in place, enhancing existing cross-border, national or regional networks of environmental compliance assurance practitioners or experts; and/or establishing or, where in place, improving professional qualifications and training58 to improve compliance with binding EU environmental instruments (other than on nature and biodiversity), through promoting, checking and enforcing compliance, and applying the polluter pays principle, using a mix of administrative law, criminal law and environmental liability59; and/or
- by developing and implementing strategies and policies and/or developing and using innovative tools and actions to promote, monitor and enforce compliance with binding EU environmental instruments (other than on nature and biodiversity), and ensure application of the polluter pays principles through environmental liability; and/or
- engaging with citizens and others to promote and monitor compliance, and ensure application of environmental liability6
- Supporting environmental compliance assurance by
- Behavioral change and awareness-raising initiatives
- The geographical scope of behavioural change and awareness-raising initiatives will be taken into account in the assessment of the European added value of proposed projects.
- Raising awareness on environmental problems, EU environmental policies, tools and/or legislation among the relevant target audiences, aiming to change their perceptions and fostering the adoption of environmentally friendly behaviours and practices and/or direct citizen’s engagement. Applicants need to provide substantial evidence that a change of awareness levels in the field(s) addressed by the project is a crucial factor supporting correct implementation and/or future development of EU environmental policies tools and/or legislation. The awareness-raising activities should have the widest coverage relevant for the specific issue targeted.
- The estimated available call budget is EUR 81 000 000.
- The available budget for the call topic is 7.000.000 EUR.
- public bodies (entities established as public body under national law, including local, regional or national authorities) or international organisations
- if the project requested grant amount is not more than EUR 60 000.
- Applications will only be considered eligible if their content corresponds wholly (or at least in part) to the topic description for which it is submitted.
- In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- non-EU countries:
- EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme or countries
- the coordinator must be established in an eligible country.
- Specific Cases
- Exceptional funding — Entities from other countries (not listed above) are exceptionally eligible, if the granting authority considers their participation essential for the implementation of the action.
- Natural persons — Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of selfemployed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).
- International organisations — International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
- Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
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