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The European Commission has published  the 2015 Call for proposals for LIFE Action Grants.

For the sub-programme for Environment, this call will cover action grants for "Traditional" projects, Preparatory projects, Integrated projects, Technical Assistance projects and Capacity Building projects.

For the sub-programme for Climate Action, this call will cover action grants for "Traditional" projects, Preparatory projects, Integrated projects, Technical Assistance projects and Capacity Building projects.

Proposals may be submitted by legal persons (entities) registered in the EU.

Applicants may fall into three types of beneficiaries: (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs).

The total budget for project action grants for this call is EUR 240 811 337. Of this, EUR 184 141 337 is foreseen for the sub-programme for Environment and EUR 56 670 000 for the sub-programme for Climate Action. At least 55% of the budgetary resources allocated to projects supported by way of action grants under the sub-programme for Environment shall be dedicated to projects supporting the conservation of nature and biodiversity.

For the sub-programme for Environment, this call will cover action grants for "Traditional" projects, Preparatory projects, Integrated projects, Technical Assistance projects and Capacity Building projects.

For the sub-programme for Climate Action, this call will cover action grants for "Traditional" projects, Preparatory projects, Integrated projects, Technical Assistance projects and Capacity Building projects.

"Traditional" projects cover the following priority areas:

Under the sub-programme for Environment:

- LIFE Nature & Biodiversity

- LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency

- LIFE Environmental Governance & Information

Under the sub-programme for Climate Action:

- LIFE Climate Change Mitigation

- LIFE Climate Change Adaptation

- LIFE Climate Governance and Information

"Traditional" projects may be best-practice, demonstration, pilot or information, awareness and dissemination projects (ie similar to LIFE+ Nature, Biodiversity, Environment and Information projects), depending on the priority area (see below).  Best practice projects apply appropriate, cost-effective and state-of-the-art techniques, methods and approaches taking into account the specific context of the project; demonstration projects put into practice, test, evaluate and disseminate actions, methodologies or approaches that are new or unknown in the specific context of the project, such as the geographical, ecological, socio-economic context, and that could be applied elsewhere in similar circumstances; pilot projects apply a technique or method that has not been applied or tested before, or elsewhere, that offer potential environmental or climate advantages compared to current best practice and that can subsequently be applied on a larger scale to similar situations; information, awareness and dissemination projects aim at supporting communication, dissemination of information and awareness raising in the fields of the sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action.

 

Provisional Calendar 2015: Traditional projects Summary Table

Grant Type

Opening Date

Closing Date

Climate Change Mitigation          

01 June 2015

15 September 2015

Climate Change Adaptation          

01 June 2015

15 September 2015

Climate Governance & Information

01 June 2015

15 September 2015

Environment & Resource Efficiency  

01 June 2015

01 October 2015

Nature & Biodiversity                    

01 June 2015

07 October 2015

Environmental Governance & Information

01 June 2015

07 October 2015

 

Preparatory projects (sub-programme for Environment and for Climate Action) address specific needs for the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation.

Provisional Calendar for Preparatory Projects

Publication of call:

01 June 2015

Deadline:

30 October 2015

Integrated projects under the sub-programme for Environment are projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) environmental plans or strategies required by specific Union environmental legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States' authorities, primarily in the areas of nature (including Natura 2000 network management), water, waste and air, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source.

Integrated projects under the sub-programme for Climate Action are projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) climate action plans, strategies or roadmaps required by specific Union climate legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States' authorities, primarily in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source.

Calendar for Integrated Projects

Publication of call:

01 June 2015

Deadline: Phase I (concept note)

01 October 2015

Deadline: Phase II (full proposal)

March/April 2016 tbc

 

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.

Provisional Calendar for Technical Assistance projects

Publication of call:

01 June 2015

Deadline:

15 September 2015

 

Capacity Building projects

Capacity Building projects provide financial support to activities required to build the capacity of Member States, including LIFE national or regional contact points, with a view to enabling Member States to participate more effectively in the LIFE Programme.

Calendar for Capacity Building projects

Deadline: on a rolling basis until 30 September 2015 at 16.00 hours Brussels local time

 

 

The NGO Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs) has been launched on 15 June 2015. This call for proposals aims at identifying framework partners to which the EASME may at a later stage award specific operating grants.

Those specific operating grants shall foresee co-financing of the operating costs of NGO's related to the eligible activities provided for in the framework partners' 2016 and 2017 Work Programme. The target are NGOs which pursue an aim of general Union interest, are primarily active in the field of environment and/or climate action and are involved in the development, implementation and enforcement of Union policy and legislation.

This year's call will address framework partnership agreements covering two years. The indicative total budget earmarked for the co-financing of NGO operating grants is estimated at EUR 18,000,000.00 (eighteen million euros) for a two year period, i.e. 9,000,000.00 (nine million euros) yearly.

 

Calendar for NGO Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs)

Publication of call:

15 June 2015

Deadline:

27 July 2015

 

More information is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/funding/life2015/index.htm#nat

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