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 CAPTA BG project addresses the insufficient absorption of LIFE funding by Bulgarian beneficiaries. The project will focus on widening access to the LIFE Programme, by enhancing support for potential beneficiaries and applicants made in the annual LIFE calls. It will do this by improving capacity and creating a more cost-effective and efficient organisation for the LIFE NCP in Bulgaria. This strategy will be achieved through these specific objectives:
Expected results: The project duration will cover the period of transition from national allocations to fully merit-based project rankings, which is expected to start from 2018. This will take in due consideration of the project design, in order to add value to the status quo (i.e. the low rate of successful LIFE applications in Bulgaria, especially in the ENV strand). Therefore, the expected results and the relating main outcomes are as follows: