Please note that programme details for the 2021-2027 framework are forthcoming and the information below relates to programmes from the 2014-2020 framework; however, there may currently be open funding calls for this programme.

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LIFE supports environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed more than 4500 projects. For the 2014 – 2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate. 

It covers projects related to: 

  • Nature and biodiversity 

  • Environmental and climate governance and information 

  • Resource efficiency 

  • Climate change mitigation and adaption 

  • Technology for climate change, environment, and low carbon. 

A call for proposals is published every year, meaning that every 12 months you can apply for LIFE funding by using the application packages that help you prepare your proposal. 


Want to find out more? 

More info about this programme is available on the Irish LIFE website.  You can also consult the national contact point, Beatrix Aigner at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. 

Current Funding

LIFE 2020: Call for Proposals from NGOs on the European Green Deal (Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes)

The objective of the call is to reinforce the capacity of NGOs acting at Member States’ level to mobilise and strengthen civil society participation and contribution to the implementation of the European Green Deal.

Deadline: 31 March 2021, 17:00 CET

Application Link

Programme Overview

The European Green Deal is the European Commission's blueprint and roadmap to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050, with a sustainable economy that leaves no one behind. Amid the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, civil society as a whole and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in particular are suffering a blow to their capacity to take actions and to contribute to the profound transformations needed to achieve a successful and just transition towards a sustainable future. The situation is likely to worsen before it gets better, and the risk of a substantial reduction of their activities is very much present.

The LIFE 2020 Call for Proposals from NGOs on the European Green Deal (LIFE 2020 NGO4GD) aims to reinforce the capacity of NGOs acting at Member States’ level to mobilise and strengthen civil society participation and contribution to the implementation of the European Green Deal. Action grants that will be funded under this call are expected to deliver tangible results in strengthening knowledge and empowering civil society in one or several of the thematic areas reflecting the work streams of the European Green deal, namely:

(1) Increasing climate ambition

(2) Clean, affordable and secure energy

(3) Industry for a clean and circular economy

(4) Energy and resource efficient buildings

(5) Sustainable and smart mobility

(6) Farm to fork

(7) Biodiversity and ecosystems

(8) Zero-pollution, toxic-free environments

(9) Sustainable finance

Eligibility & Programme Detail


This call for proposals will fund activities that are typical of non-governmental organisations, whether operational or advocacy-related, and that contribute to strengthening the knowledge and empowering civil society for an inclusive implementation of the European Green Deal at national and/or sub-national level. Typically, this may include:

  • Information campaigns

  • Participation in public consultations

  • Cooperation and coalition building with other organisations

  • Elaboration of position papers, conferences, seminars

  • Training activities

  • Awareness raising and dissemination actions

  • Actions aiming at the creation and improvement of networks, exchanges of good practices

  • Studies, analyses, mapping activities

  • Concrete implementation actions

  • Volunteers mobilisation and support

Project Duration

LIFE 2020 NGO4GD projects must have a maximum foreseen project duration of 24 months. Beneficiaries should be aware that a project that has completed all of its actions prior to the expected end date can submit its final report ahead of schedule and receive its final payment before the official project end date mentioned in the grant agreement.

Who may submit a proposal?

A proposal must be submitted by a single non-profit making non-governmental organisation that is primarily active in the areas of environment and/or climate action and established in an EU member state. The applicant must demonstrate its legal status confirming a legal registration in the EU prior to 01 January 2018. Furthermore, depending on the size of the population of the country where it is established, the applicant must demonstrate its ability to operate at national level and/or at least at regional level. Additional eligibility criteria to be met by the applicant are detailed in section IV of the call document.

For UK applicants: Please be aware that following the entry into force of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement3 on 1 February 2020 and in particular Articles 127(6), 137 and 138, the references to natural or legal persons residing or established in a Member State of the European Union are to be understood as including natural or legal persons residing or established in the United Kingdom. UK legal persons are therefore eligible to participate under this call as long as they comply with the same eligibility rules as the other applicants.

For full details regarding the eligibility criteria and the compulsory administrative documents that are required with the proposal, please refer to section IV.2 of the call document: LIFE 2020 Call for Proposals from NGOs on the European Green Deal (NGO4GD) | EASME (europa.eu)

Who may take part in a proposal?

An applicant becomes a Beneficiary upon signature of a grant agreement and reports directly to the Contracting Authority on the project's technical and financial progress. Only the applicant NGO, if selected, will become the single beneficiary of the grant and can claim costs. Entities affiliated to the applicant are not eligible to receive funding under this Call for proposals.

Grants shall involve co-financing. As a result, the resources necessary to carry out the action/project shall not be provided entirely by the grant. Co-financing may be provided in the form of the beneficiary’s own resources, income generated by the action or financial or in-kind contributions from third parties. One or more project co-financers may also be involved to cover the cost of the project. A project co-financer only contributes to the project with financial resources, has no technical responsibilities, and cannot benefit from the EU financial contribution. Furthermore, it cannot act, in the context of the project, as a sub-contractor.

For specific tasks of a fixed duration, a proposal may foresee the use of subcontractors. Sub-contractors provide external services to the project beneficiary who fully pay for the services provided. For a more detailed description of the respective rules related to the beneficiary, cofinancers and sub-contractors, please refer to the model grant agreement applicable to the LIFE 2020 NGO4GD published with this call.


The total indicative EU budget available under the LIFE 2020 Call for Proposals from NGOs on the European Green Deal is EUR 12 million. The contracting authority reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available. The maximum co-financing rate from LIFE 2020 NGO4GD is 60% of the total eligible project costs. The remaining 40% of the cost shall be covered fully by the own contributions of the project beneficiaries or supplemented by co-financers. In order to avoid any potential double-funding of projects using EU funds, no other EU funds may be used to contribute to this 40%. This means that the specific actions targeted and co-financed by LIFE funds cannot receive co-financing from any other EU fund.

Application Details

Full details are available on:

LIFE 2020 Call for Proposals from NGOs on the European Green Deal (NGO4GD) | EASME (europa.eu)

For assistance please contact:

Beatrix Aigner, Environmental Advisory Unit, Department of the Environment, Climate, and Communications at LIFE@decc.gov.ie.

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