LIFE 2021 Capacity Building


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



LIFE 2021 Capacity Building


Τechnical assistance projects for capacity building aim at supporting national level public bodies responsible for the implementation of LIFE to improve their Member State’s effective participation in the Programme, and increasing the quality of submitted proposals, through specific needs based activities.

Detailed Call Description

Each proposal should be based on a needs analysis:

  • the reasons for low effective participation in the LIFE programme
  • the types of applicants (public organisations, private entities and civil society organisations) that struggle to access LIFE funding in a given Member State (and reasons for that)
  • the types of LIFE projects that are underused in a given Member State (and reasons for that)

Activities may include:

  • targeted and tailor-made communication campaigns on the LIFE Programme addressed, among others, to public national and local authorities responsible for the implementation of environmental and climate action policies and plans at all levels and across the entire national territory (e.g. municipalities, provinces, environment protection agencies, ecological operational units responsible for the enforcement of national environmental laws, public, research institutes, academia), as well as to private sector stakeholders which
    are relevant for the programme
  • Tailor-made workshops on writing solid proposals; actions supporting replication/ transfer of LIFE projects results; helping applicants to build (transnational) consortia; trainings on the use and monitoring of key performance indicators, etc.
  • Screening of national environmental and climate actions priorities to support, through LIFE projects, the development, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of relevant Union legislations,
  • Actions aimed at increasing the participation of those types of applicants that struggle to access LIFE funding in a given Member State (e.g. public organisations, private entities, civil society organisations) as identified in the needs assessment,
  • Actions aimed at increasing the use of certain types of LIFE projects. In particular, in the context of increasing use of SIPs and SNAPs in a given Member State, CAP project may include actions reinforcing the mainstreaming of environmental and climate actions into other sectors, enhancing synergies between LIFE and other EU funds, supporting use of cumulative financing from other Union programmes or private sector. etc. (further details in the call document)

The following activities are not considered as eligible for funding under this call:
research; statutory responsibilities of the competent authority; activities outside the duration of the project; activities which are not clearly related to the objective(s) of the project, financial support to the NCP network.
Projects must comply with EU policy interests and priorities (such as environment, social, security, industrial and trade policy, etc.).

Call Total Budget


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


Thematic Categories

  • Environment and Climate Change

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Educational Institutions
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

Only national level public bodies responsible for implementation of LIFE is an eligible Member State in the European Union may apply for capacity-building projects. In principle, the project should be coordinated by public bodies responsible for implementation of LIFE.
Financial support to third parties is not allowed. 

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  •  be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  •  be established in one of the eligible countries


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

(Publish Date: 17/12/2021-for internal use only)