LIFE Co-Financing Grant

Application for LIFE Projects Co-Financing Grant is a Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning (MECP) measure designed to support NGOs and VOs engaged in environmental conservation and its promotion by providing financial assistance in recognition and support of the valid and effective effort and contribution they make in the sector so as to incentivize further environmentally-beneficial project proposals. The purpose of this LIFE Co-financing Scheme is to provide financial support towards National co-financing contribution for project proposals that would be eligible to the Scheme within the 2021 LIFE programming framework.

LIFE Background

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The new LIFE programme for the period 2021-2027 will be covering the following fields and sub-programmes:

1. Under the Environment field:

  • Sub-programme: Nature and Biodiversity.
  • Sub-programme: Circular Economy and Quality of Life.

2. Under the Climate Action field: 

  • Sub-programme: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.
  • Sub-programme: Clean Energy Transition.

Private non-commercial organisations (NGOs, VOs), private commercial organisations and public bodies can undertake environment related projects co-funded by the European Commission in line with the priorities of the sub-programmes. Calls under the LIFE Programme are launched every year by the European Commission in order to submit proposals which answer the requirements of the LIFE calls that in the coming period will be published in the EU Funding & tenders opportunities Portal. The selection of successful proposals is done by the European Commission following the closure of the calls for proposals.

LIFE Co-financing Scheme

The LIFE Co-financing Scheme is managed and administered by MECP .The objective of the LIFE Co-financing Scheme (hereafter ‘the Scheme’) is to support NGOs and VOs engaged in environmental conservation and its promotion with National co-financing contribution so as to incentivize further environmentally-beneficial project proposal through LIFE proposal submissions that would be eligible to the Scheme under the 2021 LIFE calls.

Co-financing is aimed at projects that provide for actions contributing to the protection and restoration of Malta’s nature and biodiversity; the facilitation of a transition towards circular, sustainable and climate-resilient economy; the development of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects; and the facilitation of a  transition towards an energy-efficient, renewable energy-based economy.

Applications for co-financing submitted under this call would be considered as possible co-financed projects during the stage of the LIFE call 2021, only if they are found eligible in accordance with the provisions of LIFE Co-Financing Scheme guidelines. Those project proposals that are selected during the Commission’s evaluation for LIFE funding, would then be considered and assessed further for the co-financing as per terms and conditions within this guideline.

The maximum amount that can be granted to NGOs or VOs for submitting LIFE project proposals under the upcoming 2021 LIFE proposal calls will not exceed € 150,000 per proposal in accordance with the provisions of the guidelines.

Applicants to the Scheme will outline their project proposal within LIFE Co-financing Scheme e-application and priority will be given to project proposals which cover the priority areas below:

  • Measure and management of Natura 2000 sites 
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Green infrastructure
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Waste management and/or Marine litter
  • Afforestation

Eligible Applicants 

Applicants must submit soft copy of project proposals via e-application of the MCVS website and be a single legal entity that fulfils the below requirements:

  • Applicants must be non-Government, non-profit voluntary organizations, with a clear primary focus on environmental conservation on the Maltese territory. Project proposals which include non-Maltese territory could be considered, however, they have to show proof of added value to the local scenario. Having said this, priority will be given to project actions implemented within the Maltese territory.
  • At the date of application, applicants must be duly enrolled with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organizations and must also be compliant with the Voluntary Organizations Act, (Cap 492 of the Laws of Malta) and its subsidiary legislation.
  • The Voluntary Organisation must submit evidence of financial capacity as otherwise would be requested in the LIFE call to indicate financial stability.
  • The Voluntary Organisation must also submit the soft copy of the draft project proposal which it intends to submit as part of the LIFE application along with all annexes, documents and supporting documentation.
  • The co-financing application should also include a declaration from the LIFE NCP that the LIFE Unit Desk was consulted with the proposal and that the provided guidelines were adhered to.

Only applications that successfully reach the website by the close of deadline will be considered.

Eligible applicants may wish to contact and consult directly with the LIFE Unit within MECP. Any enquiries can be communicated via the e-mail address or by calling telephone number 23316239/43, 22926314.

Full LIFE Co-financing application criteria can be found on the LIFE Co-financing Scheme guidelines (below).


LIFE Co-Financing Scheme Guidelines