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 LIFE LT project aims to raise awareness among Lithuanian NGOs and SMEs about the opportunities offered by the LIFE Programme, to improve their knowledge and skills in preparing applications and implementing LIFE projects. This will be achieved by actions to raise Lithuania’s capacity to submit quality applications and provide support for on-going and closed projects to ensure the sustainability of their outcomes: Development of an on-line partner search tool and project ideas database, to facilitate analysis of existing LIFE ideas, announce new ones, find partners, and receive assistance in preparing applications; ‘NGO meet business’ events, to find new opportunities for co-financing; Thematic workshops, site visits, technical consultations on the preparation of applications under the LIFE Programme, and webinars (to help build capacity of potential beneficiaries/applicants and institutions responsible for administering LIFE projects in Lithuania); and Communication and dissemination actions, to raise awareness about the LIFE Programme, particular project and opportunities for local NGOs and SMEs.
Expected results: Analysis of strengths and weaknesses of LIFE project implementation in Lithuania; Raised awareness of NGOs and SMEs concerning LIFE opportunities; Improved capacities of experienced applicants to participate in LIFE projects; Enhanced capacities and interest of prospective applicants in participating in LIFE projects; New and innovative ways to search for project partners (on-line partner search tool and project idea database); Better quality of Lithuanian LIFE applications; and Integration and complementarity of successful on-going and closed LIFE projects by replicability of their results.