What is the LIFE programme?

The LIFE programme (Financial Instrument for the Environment) funds actions that contribute to the development and implementation of EU environmental policy and legislation.



It is divided into two sub-programmes:

Environmental sub-programme
- Environment and efficient use of resources
- Nature and Biodiversity
- Governance and Information

"Actions for the Climate" sub-programme
- Mitigation of Climate Change
- Adaptation to Climate Change
- Governance and Information

LIFE Nature
The LIFE Nature programme aims to restore and conserve endangered natural habitats and protected species in the European Union through the Natura 2000 network.


The LIFE programme helps to:
- improve the quality of the environment
- implement European Union policies and legislation
- support the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Plan (EAP)
- promote a low-carbon and resilient economy
- stop and reverse the process of biodiversity depletion
- improve environmental and climate governance at all levels
- raise awareness and inform

Legal framework
- LIFE Regulation (EU Regulation 1293/2013 of 11/12/2013)
- LIFE 2014-2017 multi-year work programme (Commission Decision of 19/03/2014)
- Recipient grant agreements and application guides


The main types of projects are:
- Traditional projects
- Integrated projects
There are now also technical assistance, capacity building and preparatory projects.

Traditional projects in a few figures
Indicative duration: 2 to 5 years
Budget cost: from 400,000 to 5 million euros
Average grant: 1.5 million euros

More information on LIFE:
> Environment LIFE programme

Consult the LIFE regulation:
> LIFE 2014-2020 Regulation

Consult the LIFE multiannual work program:
> LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017