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 CAP HUN project aims to develop awareness raising and project management activities for LIFE projects in Hungary. Specific aims include: Increasing knowledge about the LIFE Programme and its opportunities; Generating better LIFE proposals, in line with national strategies; Helping stakeholders improve their skills and expertise in designing more innovative and successful LIFE projects; Encouraging stakeholder co-operation and exchange of experience; Encouraging the submission of Hungarian LIFE Integrated Projects, and the use of financial instruments; Establishing LIFE support teams to provide information, training and project management support for all LIFE thematic areas; Developing the capacity of LIFE experts, for example, on climate policy (within the Ministry of National Development) and environment protection and nature conservation (Ministry of Agriculture), through study trips, trainings/workshops and other activities (at MFK Magyar Fejlesztési Központ Nonprofit Kft); Establishing a new LIFE Climate Team (LCT), under the existing Department for Climate Policy, with four full-time Regional Contact Points able to fulfil helpdesk duties and share best practice experience from other Member States; and Establishing a national LIFE project database.
Expected results: 20 LIFE applications consulted within LIFE Climate Action Sub-Programme between 2016-2017; 40 LIFE applications consulted within LIFE Environment Sub-Programme between 2016-2018; Altogether 36 submitted proposals between 2016 and 2018, of which around 12 will be successful; 180 participants in two years at 9 climate policy thematic training sessions; 400 participants for the environment protection and nature conservation thematic trainings; and Increased level of application for financial instruments.