LIFE programme

For whom?

All kinds of organisations with sustainability ambitions

For what?

Environment and Climate projects

More information on LIFE

The LIFE programme is an important European instrument for the development and implementation of European nature and environmental policy. For the period 2021-2027, € 5.43 billion will be invested in projects which contribute to a better living environment. LIFE focusses specifically on governments, companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

LIFE programme for Environment and Climate

The LIFE programme has two sub-programmes: Environment and Climate action, each with its own priorities and budgets.

Sub-programme Funded activities
Environment: Nature and Biodiversity
  • Restoring or improving areas of biodiversity, habitats, or species under at least one of the two areas of intervention: Space for nature or Safeguarding our species
  • Nature governance: EU nature and biodiversity legislation-related compliance assurance, public participation and access to justice
Environment: Circular Economy and Quality of Life
  • Circular Economy and Waste
    • Recovery of resources from waste, reduction or prevention of resource use and waste
  • Air
    • Air quality improvement, reduction of air pollutants. New: infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles and green maritime transport
  • Water
    • Water quality and quantity management, coastal and marine waters management, water services. New: nature-based solutions
  • Soil
    • Protection of the quality of EU’s soil, restoration, protection and improvement of soil health and prevention of soil degradation
  • Noise
    • Substantial reduction of noise inside densely populated urban areas
  • Chemicals
    • Reduction of the impact on the environment or human health, chemical production and use. New: digital alternatives for animal testing
  • A new European Bauhaus
    • Holistic reduction of environmental impacts of new buildings
    • Environmental Governance
Climate: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Mitigation:
    • Low-carbon solutions, use of renewables and energy efficiency, enhancement of natural carbon sinks
  • Adaptation:
    • Nature-based solutions, adapting cities and regions to climate change, climate proofing, water management, extreme weather events
  • Climate governance and information
    • Incentivising behavioural change, awareness-raising activities, GHG monitoring/reporting
Climate: Clean Energy Transition (CET)
  • Creating national, regional and local policy framework
  • Accelerating technology roll-out, digitalisation, new services and business models
  • Attracting private finance for sustainable energy
  • Development of local and regional investment projects
  • Involving and empowering citizens in the clean energy transition

Type of grants

  • Standard Action Projects (SAP)
  • Strategic Nature Projects (SNAP)
  • Strategic Integrated Projects (SIP)
  • Technical Assistance Projects (TA)
  • Other Actions Grants (OAG)
  • Operating Grants (OG)


There are several calls for proposals in 2022. Below you will find the (preliminary) deadlines:

  • Standard Action Projects (SAPs) for Circular Economy and Quality of Life, Nature and Biodiversity, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation sub-programmes: September 2023
  • LIFE Action Grants for Clean Energy Transition sub-programme: Mid-November 2023
  • Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) and Strategic Nature Projects (SNAPs):
    • Concept notes: September 2023
    • Full proposals: March 2024
  • Technical Assistance preparation for SIPs and SNAPs: September 2023          
  • Specific Operating Grant Agreements (SGA OG) for non-profit making entities: September 2023

More information on the LIFE programme?

LIFE projects must be innovative and demonstrate a new technique or approach. Each year, there is a term in which applications can be submitted per project category. Would you like to know more about the opportunities LIFE can offer your organisation? Get in touch with our specialists via 088 495 20 00 or!


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