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LIFE

Do you work on projects beneficial to the climate and the environment? You might be eligible for the LIFE subsidy. Within the EU LIFE programme, there is a total budget of 3.4 billion euros from 2014 to 2020. Companies, public organisations and NGOs can receive alluring grants for demonstration and pilot projects. LIFE is divided into two: LIFE Environment and LIFE Climate Action. Curious if LIFE is the programme for your project? We are happy to help you out on this.

LIFE Environment, the ins and outs

Projects concerning the following areas are within scope:

  • Environment- and raw material savings
  • Containment of nature and biodiversity
  • Awareness and spreading awareness

Projects can vary in the following forms:

  • Best-practice projects where proven methods get developed
  • Demonstration- and pilot projects in which new methods and approaches need to be further tested and developed
  • Communication projects that are, for example, meant to spread awareness

The greater part of resources go towards LIFE Environment as the biggest party within LIFE.

How to apply for LIFE Environment

An important change in the LIFE Environment in comparison to previous years is that the application now consists of two phases. This two-step application process goes as following:

Phase 1: concept-note

In this note you convincingly present your project. Please note, this must be within 10 pages. After passing phase 1 you can continue to phase 2.

Phase 2: filing an elaborate application

After getting your concept note approved, there might be suggestions that improve your second round chances. This is where you file the improved and complete application.

The downside of this two-step application is that there is a lot of competition between applicants. Therefore you must ensure that your concept-note should be sufficient for the project to be accepted already. Only the best concept-notes make it through phase 2 for complete application.

Learn how to write a succesful concept-note

Download the free whitepaper “A LIFE’s Guide to Grant Success 2018-2020”. Experts explain what has been altered, and how these changes might benefit you. Ensure your success in the application process with our whitepaper!

LIFE’s Guide to Grant Success

LIFE Climate Action, the ins and outs

The second part of LIFE also consists of multiple categories like projects that involve reduction or alternation of climate change. In like manner of LIFE Environment, you are eligible to apply for funding for a variation of projects that target significant emission reduction.

How to apply for LIFE Climate Action

Applying for LIFE Climate Action only consists of one phase, the elaborate phase. Because of the notably smaller budget for LIFE Climate Action, competition between the applicants plays a significant role. Therefore, an ‘outstanding application’ is the shortest route to a LIFE Climate Action success.

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