Donor: European Commission (EC) - LIFE
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: LIFE-2023-SAP-NAT-NATURE
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 06.09.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Large - more than $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 1.000.000€, 2.000.000€
Total available budget: 145.000.000€
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 13.000.000€
Funding ratio: up to 60%


  • Capacity Building
  • Climate Change
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Europe

      Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine


1) Objective

Projects should fall under at least one of the two areas of intervention:

  • Intervention area: “Space for Nature”
    Any project aimed at improving the condition of species or habitats through area- based conservation or restoration measures falls within the eligible scope of the intervention area “Space for Nature”. This may include, for example, projects for restoring or improving natural or semi-natural habitats, or habitats of species, both within and outside existing protected areas. This may also include projects for creating additional protected areas (or improving the biodiversity focus and contribution of existing protected areas), ecological corridors or other green infrastructure, projects testing or demonstrating new site management approaches, projects acting on pressures, etc.
  • Intervention area: “Safeguarding our species”
    Any project aimed at improving the condition of species (or, in the case of invasive alien species, reducing their impact) through any relevant activities other than area-based conservation or restoration measures falls within the scope of the intervention area “Safeguarding our species”. Considering the broad range of threats that may act on species in addition to the degradation of their habitats, such projects may apply to a wide range of relevant measures, spanning from hard infrastructural works to awareness raising of stakeholders.

2) Eligibility

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) registered in an eligible country.

3) Location

LIFE projects shall take place in the territory of the European Union Member States plus Ukraine, Moldova. Projects with activities outside the EU must be necessary to achieve EU environmental and climate objectives and ensure the effectiveness of interventions carried within the EU (e.g. actions aimed at the conservation of migratory birds in wintering areas, actions implemented on a trans boundary river, or projects aimed to address environmental problems that cannot be solved successfully or efficiently unless actions are carried out also in non-EU countries).

4) Budget

Funding rate is 60% and the EU contribution ranges from €2,000,000-€13,000,000. Total funding available is €145,000,000.

5) Application

Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section. Paper submissions are NOT possible. The deadline is 6 September 2023.

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