Life (nature and biodiversity)

Life is the 2014-2020 financial instrument for the environment and climate action.
How much funding will be available?
The total budget for funding projects is €3,456.7 million (€2,592.5 m for Environment, €864.2 million for Climate Action).

What will be funded?
There is a LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017 which sets the framework for the next four years for the management of the new LIFE Programme 2014-2020.

It includes information on the indicative budget, explains the selection methodology for projects and for operating grants and establishes outcome indicators for the two LIFE sub-programmes – for Environment and for Climate Action.

There are two main programmes

Environment which covers environment and resource efficiency, nature and biodiversity’; environmental governance and information, and
Climate Action (which includes climate change mitigation and adoption and climate governance).
LIFE will also be provided through two new innovative financial instruments – Private Financing for Energy Efficiency Instrument and the Natural Capital Financing Facility.

The thematic priorities for LIFE are:

Nature and for Biodiversity;
Water, including the marine environment
Resource Efficiency, including soil and forests and green and circular economy;
Environment and Health, including chemicals and noise;
Air Quality and Emissions, including the urban environment;
Information and Governance
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Efforts leading to increased resilience to climate change
Download the LIFE multiannual work programme

What are the co-financing rates?
The co-financing rates will vary from 55% -100% so you will need to check for your particular project

How can I apply?
See the current calls for proposals

Go to the European Commission LIFE website for more details.