The LIFE programme introduced action grants for capacity-building projects for the 2014-2017 funding period. These are projects designed to build Member States' capacity to participate more effectively in the LIFE Programme. Specifically, these projects propose interventions to develop the capacity to submit successful applications for funding for projects under the sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action. Member States that meet the criteria may each receive funding of up to one million euros for one capacity-building project. Only national level public bodies responsible for implementation of LIFE in an eligible Member State in the European Union may apply for capacity-building projects.
The Czech LIFE project aims to increase the capacity and service base of the National Contact Point (NCP), to generate publicity for the LIFE Programme, to increase the number of applicants and improve the service provided to them, so as to increase the uptake of LIFE funding in the Czech Republic. The project foresees the creation of four new jobs at the MoE fully dedicated to the LIFE agenda, plus four part-time jobs assigned to specific work tasks. It will also create three part-time jobs at the premises of the project partner ČSOP Salamandr. Analysis reveals relatively few successful LIFE applicants in previous years, so actions will identify and mitigate weak points to increase the number of projects submitted and approved under LIFE Programme calls. The project will take a systematic approach to increasing the visibility and attractiveness of the LIFE Programme, building on knowledge and best practices from other NCPs and successful LIFE beneficiaries. The project will establish co-operation with the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic, to ease the financial burden of LIFE funding applicants by pre-financing projects, and a joint platform of complementary programmes in support of LIFE applications.
Expected results: A set of support tools created for LIFE-funding applicants, making the LIFE Programme more attractive and increasing the number of submitted and successful proposals, and the number of potential beneficiaries:
Best practices and the results of successful projects will be shared and disseminated via: