LIFE Programme

Any donor
European Union
Geographical focus: 
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Energy in Tourism
Sustainability of natural resources in Tourism
Intro text: 
LIFE is the financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU. LIFE is administered by the European Commission, DG Environment.

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Geographic focus

EU 28, EEA, Candidate countries and neighbourhood countries.

Who can apply?

LIFE finances:

  • Public sector entities;
  • Private sector entities; and
  • NGOs active in the fields of environment and climate.

Objectives and activities

Objective: The main objective of the LIFE Programme is to improve the implementation of EU environment and climate policy and legislation. This requires significant financial resources (total environmental costs represent around 5.7% of EU GDP). The LIFE programme will contribute to sustainable development and to the achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy.


The ‘Environment’ strand of the programme covers three priority activities:

  • Environment and resource efficiency;
  • Nature and biodiversity, including recreational and touristic activities; and
  • Environmental governance and information.

The ‘Climate Action’ strand covers:

  • Climate change mitigation;
  • Climate change adaptation; and
  • Climate governance and information.

Type and level of funding

The total budget for 2014-2020 is EUR 3,618 million. Of this amount, EUR 2,713.5 million is allocated to the sub-programme for Environment. EUR 904.5 million is allocated to the sub-programme for Climate Action.

As well as action grants for best practices, demonstration or pilot projects, a part of the LIFE budget may be allocated to supporting promising, innovative projects (potentially public private partnerships) that are close to commercialisation, but that still struggle to attract market-based loans or equity capital.