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News article15 May 2024European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency1 min read

EU funding available for supporting NGOs also working on the Clean Energy Transition

EU funding available for supporting NGOs

The LIFE 2024 Calls on Operating Grants invite non-profit organisations active in the fields of environment, climate action and clean energy transition to submit their proposals. 

For years LIFE has been financing Operating Grants for environment and climate action. These grants can also finance actions related to the clean energy transition, but this is not widely known. In the clean energy transition field, the LIFE operating grants will aim at supporting in particular NGOs engaging on the implementation and transposition of the Fit-for-55 legislation (energy efficiency, energy performance of buildings and renewable energy) in Member States.

NGOs need to be active at EU level with a structure and activities covering at least three EU Member States or countries associated to the LIFE Programme. For specific operating grants (SGA) that will be financed in the context of the framework partnership agreements (FPA), the grant will be supported with a maximum co-financing rate of 70% on the eligible costs. The maximum operating grant amount per financial year will be EUR 700,000. Please read carefully the Call conditions.  

How can I apply?

You have to apply through the European Commission’s funding & tender opportunities portal where you will find information on the LIFE 2024 Call for proposals and instructions on submitting your electronic application.

Where can I find out more?

On 26 April 2024, CINEA organized a special information session on the calls for LIFE 2024 operating grants. A recording of this session is available on the CINEA website.

For clarifications on these calls you can contact the CINEA-LIFE-NGOatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (CINEA-LIFE-NGO[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Get started now! You must submit proposals under BOTH the FPA and the SGA calls:

➢ One proposal under the LIFE-2024-NGO-OG-FPA by 05 September 2024.

➢ One proposal under the LIFE-2024-NGO-OG-SGA by 17 September 2024.