The LIFE Programme

LIFE logo200pxThe 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.
LIFE was launched began in 1992 and to date there have been four complete phases of the programme:

  • LIFE I: 1992-1995,
  • LIFE II: 1996-1999,
  • LIFE III: 2000-2006,
  • LIFE+: 2007-2013.

During this period, LIFE has co-financed some 3954 projects across the EU, contributing approximately € 3,1 billion to the protection of the environment.


LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017

The LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017 has been adopted by a Commission Decision on 19 March 2014 and  sets the framework for the next four years for the management of the new LIFE Programme 2014-2020. It contains an indicative budget, explains the selection methodology for projects and for operating grants and establishes outcome indicators for the two LIFE sub-programmes: for Environment and for Climate Action. The total budget for funding projects during the period covered amounts to €1.1 billion under the sub-programme Environment and €0.36 billion under the sub-programme Climate Action.
To learn more about LIFE+ Program and download informative material and forms, to have details concerning other LIFE projects, please visit the website: