European City Facility


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name


Programme Description

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. After 22 years, €3.4 billion and 4.170 projects, the LIFE Programme continues to finance actions for the environment and climate action. For the 2021-2027 the total budget of the LIFE Programme is €5.4 billion.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



European City Facility


Under this topic, a European City Facility shall be run under the LIFE CET programme. Proposals should take into account experiences regarding the ongoing H2020 EUCF, and envisage an appropriate follow-up and upscale of its fundamental approach(es). In this context, proposals are expected to run a ‘European City Facility’ under LIFE which offers financial support and services to cities and municipalities or their groupings.

Detailed Call Description

Proposers should be deeply rooted in municipal sustainable energy/climate planning and financial engineering of sustainable energy and, in particular, energy efficiency investments.

 Proposals are expected to demonstrate the impacts listed below, using quantified indicators and targets, wherever possible:

  • Increased, well-demonstrated and documented, leveraging of (private) finance into sustainable energy and, in particular, energy efficiency investments by public authorities,
  • Number of investment concepts delivered and number of investment concepts transformed into ambitious tangible investments as a result of the action,
  • Investments in sustainable energy triggered by the project (cumulative, in million Euro)
  •  Primary energy savings/Renewable energy generation triggered by the project (GWh/year),
  • Number of public authority staff with increased capacity for developing investible sustainable energy and, in particular, energy efficiency projects,
  • Uptake by potential replicators on the national/regional level,
  • Reduction of greenhouse gases emissions (in tCO2-eq/year),
  • Scope B – Developing integrated services to support community energy.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan



Thematic Categories

  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • International Organisations
  • Investment Funds
  • Local Authorities
  • Private Bodies
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies), established in one of the Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)) or non-EU countries, countries listed as EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.

 Consortium Composition

Proposals must be submitted by a minimum of 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries.
The   coordinator must be established in an EU Member State.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Department of Environment
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment

Contact Persons 
Marilena Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Environment
Contact Phone: +357 22 408 926

Chrystalla Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Climate
Contact Phone: +357 22 408 962