The LIFE programme is the financial instrument of the European Union making it possible to fund environmental and climate-related activities. The programme is aimed at contributing to the growth of the low-emission economy, which makes effective and efficient use of resources while being both resilient and considerate to the climate, and at contributing to the protection and improvement of the state of the environment and biodiversity.
In terms of structure, the LIFE programme is divided into two sub-programmes – the Environment and the Climate, each of which consists of three priority areas. Each priority area comprises thematic priorities, with project topics stipulated for each – refer to the attached chart below.
Applications may be submitted by any legal entity having its registered office in the EU. The minimal budget per project has not been stipulated. The European Commission prefers to fund large, ambitious projects. The grants provided typically amount to EUR 1–3 million. The maximum rate of co-financing (support) amounts to 60% for the 2014–2017 period and 55% for the 2018–2020 period. The Ministry of the Environment usually announces the call for the national co-funding of projects to be supported by the European Commission on an annual basis.
The call is usually announced in early June and terminates at the end of July, with results announced in mid-August. National co-funding may amount to a maximum of 15% of the total eligible costs of the project over and above the aforementioned 60% or 55%, respectively, and simultaneously to no more than CZK 10 million per project. The subsidy for drafting a project proposal granted by the Ministry of the Environment amounts to up to CZK 150 thousand per project proposal.
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