The LIFE Program – which stands for L’Instrument Financier pour l’Environment – is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. A Community financial instrument which was created with the specific objective of contributing to the implementation, updating and development of the European Environment Policies and Strategies through co-financing projects with European added value. The current funding period 2014-2020 has a budget of €3.4 billion. The LIFE programme is divided into two sub-programmes, one for environment (representing 75% of the overall budget) and one for climate action (representing 25% of the budget).
The environment sub-programme foresees three priority areas:
- Environment and resource efficiency
- Nature and Biodiversity
- Environmental governance and information
The climate action sub-programme foresees three priority areas:
- Climate change mitigation
- Climate change adaptation
- Climate governance and information
The typology of projects is the following:
|Traditional projects under the sub-programme for Environment (LIFE Nature & Biodiversity; LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency; LIFE Environmental Governance & Information) and under the sub-programme for Climate Action (LIFE Climate Change Mitigation; LIFE Climate Change Adaptation; LIFE Climate Governance and Information) are divided:
|Integrated Projects combine LIFE funding with other sources of support to maximise their impact over a large area (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national).
Under the sub-programme for Environment these large-scale projects implement environmental plans or strategies required by specific Union environmental legislation primarily in the areas of nature (including Natura 2000 network management), water, waste and air.
|Preparatory projects (sub-programme for Environment and sub-programme for Climate Action) address specific needs for the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation.|
|Technical Assistance projects (sub-programme for Environment and sub-programme for Climate Action) provide, by way of action grants, financial support to help applicants prepare integrated projects.|
Current: check the universe of possible projects in detail in the Multiannual Work Program for the LIFE Program for the period 2018-2020.
Future: start preparing for the 2021 – 2027 period by visiting the proposal for regulation of the multiannual Work Program for the LIFE Program.
Past: Multiannual Work Program for the LIFE Program for the period 2014-2017.