LIFE - Developing support mechanisms for energy communities and other citizen-led initiatives in the field of sustainable energy

Deadline :
January 12, 2022 5:00 AM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
€7,000,000
Partners required:
3 applicants from 3 different eligible countries

Funding Programme

LIFE is the EU’s funding programme dedicated to the environment and climate action.

Read more about the LIFE programme here.

Call Overview   

This call aims to support actions that foster the collaboration between local and regional authorities and energy communities and/or actions that develop integrated services to facilitate the emergence and growth of community energy projects.

Call Detail

Designing adequate public interventions at the local level is key but there is no one-size-fits-all solution to trigger the creation of energy communities locally. The level of public participation and the type of actions required vary significantly depending on the specific context of each city and town. Building on initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors, there is also a need to strengthen the technical and financial capacities of local actors to support citizen-led initiatives in the field of energy (particularly in Member States with low levels of community energy activity).

This topic will support actions covering at least ONE of the scopes below:

  • Scope A: Local authorities collaborating with citizen-led-initiatives.

Under this scope, proposals should foster the collaboration between local and regional authorities (including energy agencies) and energy communities.

  • Scope B: Developing integrated services to support community energy.

Under this scope, proposals should support actions that improve market conditions and develop integrated services aimed at reducing complexity, simplifying decision making and stimulating the creation of community energy projects. These services may be implemented by public or private actors in close coordination with local and/or regional authorities in targeted territories. The integrated services designed should lead to local community energy investment pipelines.

Make sure before applying to thoroughly read the call document.

Eligibility

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: listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (participating countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature

Other entities may participate in other consortium roles, such as associated partners, subcontractors, third parties giving in-kind contributions, etc.

Proposals must be submitted by at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries.

Budget

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 1.75 million would allow the specific objectives to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. The costs will be reimbursed at a funding rate of 95%.

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Deadline :
January 12, 2022 5:00 AM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
€7,000,000
Partners required:
3 applicants from 3 different eligible countries