LIFE Programme

EU's Programme for Environment and Climate Actions

Target group

Municipalities, companies, NGOs, institutions.


The LIFE programme funds projects that address environmental and climate change. With Iceland's participation in the program, various parties in Iceland have the opportunity to apply for grants for environmental projects. In addition, it is possible to apply for operating grants for non-profit activities of NGOs that support the objectives of the LIFE programme.


Information on application deadlines can be found under each grant advertised, along with detailed promotional material about the grant. Calls for proposals and application deadlines for 2022 were published on the Funding & Tenders Portal on 17 May 2022.

Open Funding & Tender Opportunities


What are the objectives?

The LIFE programme began in 1992, but Iceland began participating in 2021. The current period of the programme covers the years 2021-2027 and there is over 5.4 billion Euros to be allocated during the period. The plan is divided into four subcategories.

The application deadline for 2022 is expected to be the following:

  • Standard Action Projects (SAPs) for circular economy and quality of life, nature and biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation sub-programmes: 4 October 2022
  • LIFE Action Grants for clean energy transition sub-programme: 16 November 2022
    • Concept notes: 8 September 2022
    • Full proposals: 7 March 2023
  • Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) and Strategic Nature Projects (SNAPs):
  • Technical Assistance preparation for SIPs and SNAPs: 8 September 2022
  • Specific Operating Grant Agreements (SGA OG) for non-profit making entities: 21 September 2022

The main focus areas of the LIFE program until the year 2027

  • Climate change adaptation and action: The sub-programme will contribute to the shift towards a sustainable, energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and resilient economy, thereby contributing to sustainable development. Almost 1 billion Euros will be allocated for the period 2021 - 2027.
    Info-Session Video
  • Nature and biodiversity: The sub-programme will aim at the protection and restoration of Europe's nature and halting and reversing biodiversity loss. Thus, the LIFE Nature and Biodiversity sub-programme will continue to fund nature conservation projects, in particular in the areas of biodiversity, habitats and species. More than 2.1 billion Euros will be allocated in the period 2021 - 2027.
    Info-Session Video
  • Circle economy and quality of life: The sub-programme aims at facilitating the transition toward a sustainable, circular, toxic-free, energy-efficient and climate-resilient economy and at protecting, restoring and improving the quality of the environment, either through direct interventions or by supporting the integration of those objectives in other policies. More than 1.3 billion Euros will be allocated in the period 2021-2027.
    Info-Session Video
  • Clean energy transition: The Lsub-programme continues to support the delivery of EU policies in the field of sustainable energy, in particular, the European Green Deal, the Energy Union (2030 energy and climate targets) and the European Union's 2050 long-term decarbonisation strategy.
    Info-Session Video

Who can apply?

Municipalities, companies, NGOs, institutions.

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