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LIFE Programme

The EU LIFE Programme provides funding opportunities for the support of Environment, Nature Conservation and Climate Action projects throughout the EU. Applications are encouraged from public and private organisations seeking co-funding for projects. Large and small companies, government and non-government organisations (NGOs, Higher Education Institutes and community groups) can participate.

LIFE has a budget of €3.4 billion for 2014-2020. Every year a call for LIFE project proposals is launched around April. Following competitive selection, awards are made that are typically in the range of €1-5 million for projects with durations of 3 to 5 years.

The maximum EU co-financing rates for projects are 55, 60 or 75%, depending on the project topic. The Multiannual Work Programme (MAWP) 2018-2020 and the 2020 Call Documentation are useful sources of information on project topics and policy areas for anyone planning to submit an application under the 2020 Call. Submitting a LIFE application is a challenging process and early planning is recommended.