The Life Programme provides funding for the support of Environment, Nature Conservation and Climate Action projects throughout the European Union (EU). Any legal persons registered in the EU are eligible to apply, and applications are encouraged from public and private organisations seeking co-funding for projects. Large and small companies, local government and other public authorities, NGOs, Higher Education Institutes and community groups can participate. Every year a call for proposals is launched, and following competitive selection, awards are made that are typically in the range of €1 million to €5 million for projects with durations of three to five years.
The new LIFE Regulation 2021-2027 Regulation (EU) 2021/783 entered into force on 17 May 2021 and applies retroactively from 1 January 2021. The financial envelope for the programme under the new regulation is €5.432 billion, which represents a significant increase compared to the €3.46 billion available to the programme under the previous regulation.
Maximum EU co-financing rates for projects are 60%, 75% and 95%, depending on the project type and topic. The Multiannual Work Programme (MAWP) 2021-2024 and the 2021 Call Documentation are useful sources of information on project topics and policy areas. The eligibility criteria for the different project types are detailed in the MAWP 2021-2024 and the application guidelines published alongside each call.
The new LIFE programme has been expanded into four sub-programmes: nature and biodiversity, circular economy and quality of life, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and clean energy transition.
A large number of LIFE Projects funding in Ireland did not appear to have Public Final Reports
FOI style request submitted as an application to the EU for access to documents, to determine how many projects do have Public Final Reports
There have been a total of 59 LIFE Projects funded in Ireland
Of those 59, just 7 have public Final Reports
Final Reports generally have data on the project spec, location, dates, budgets, EU contribution, beneficiary, etc. Plus they report on key deliverables and outputs (actions, deadlines and when achieved vs deadlines)
Copies of the 7 Public Final Reports are attached below
Copies of Public Final Reports