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Project information

Project "Awareness raising & application quality improvement of the LIFE program in Estonia" ended 30.09.2018. Estonia is one of the two Member States, who is eligible for the second Capacity Building Project. Application will be submitted in the beginning of 2019.

Beneficiary: The Ministry of the Environment (Estonia, Narva mnt 7a, website

Status of Organisation: PUBLIC

Type of Organisation: National authority  

Description of Organisation:  The Estonian Ministry of the Environment is responsible for ensuring a clean living environment, the sustainable use of natural resources, and the preservation of biodiversity, today and for future generations. It is the acting National Contact Point (NCP) for the LIFE Programme.   

Project Background  

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.   

Project Objectives  

The objectives of the AwaRaEst LIFE project are to raise overall awareness about the LIFE Programme in Estonia, improve the quality of applications for LIFE funding and provide specific information about the opportunities it offers, and exploit LIFE results for replication, policy uptake or integration into economic activities and other programmes. The project will organise regular Information Days all around the country to make the LIFE Programme more visible among potential Estonian applicants and public sector officials. To improve the quality of applications, training courses will be organised in different regions, comprising technical, theoretical and practical workshops (e.g. 2-day application preparation workshops along with general project management workshop organised four times during the project). Networking and educational events will inform potential applicants about LIFE project management, how to find co-funding, and to effectively communicate with the public sector. The project will establish a helpdesk service (with a target of 30 draft proposals consulted), a new website and a support platform, to disseminate LIFE information. Activities aimed at encouraging communication between different stakeholders on a private, non-governmental and governmental level, will in the future translate to a better synergy between the stakeholders and translate into economic and political actions. 

Expected results

  • A greater awareness of the LIFE Programme in the government sector, so that officials are more likely to consider LIFE as an important funding source for reaching their goals;
  • Potential applicants will be more educated on the possibilities of LIFE and will therefore consider it more often as a source of funding. They will also turn to the public sector more easily to get additional advice and support concerning the LIFE application process and co-funding opportunities;
  • Potential applicants will have the know-how to draw up high-quality applications; and
  • Potential applicants will have valuable support resources through the extended activities of the NCP, including a helpdesk and a new LIFE-related website.


  • 16 information days were organized in different cities around Estonia (Tallinn, Tartu, Võru, Pärnu, Viljandi, Jõhvi, Rakvere, Haapsalu). Totally 384 people participated. 
  • 4 two-day seminars and 2 one-day seminars were organized. Totally 92 people participated. Experts from Finland and Italy carried out the trainings. 
  • Training for LIFE contact points was organized.
  • Project team participated at different seminars and conferences, where LIFE programme and its opportunities were introduced. Also booklets were distributed. 
  • 3 study trips were organized to Member States who successfully use the opportunities of the LIFE programme (Spain, UK, Finland). 
  • Estonian projects were visited and public servants helped to close ditches in the Soosaare mire.
  • Three articles about the LIFE programme was published.
  • 18 adverts were published to promote information days and trainings.
  • Facebook Campaign was outsourced (4 months). Aim of the campaign was to promote LIFE programme, information days and trainings (totally 191 090 impressions).
  • LIFE video clip with Estonian, Russian and English subtitles was created. This video clip was viewed 1046 times during the project lifetime.
  • LIFE booklet was created and distributed. 
  • Estonian LIFE webpage was created, which was visited 12 324 times during the project lifetime.
  • LIFE Contact Points consulted 62 different projects/concepts. 
  • In 2016, 4 proposals were submitted by Estonian applicants and 3 were approved. 
  • In 2017, 5 proposals were submitted by Estonian applicants and 1 was approved. 
  • In 2018, 15 concept notes were submitted (environment and nature) and 3 full proposals (climate). 4 concept notes out of 15 were asked to submit the full proposal in the beginning of 2019. 3 climate proposals are still being evaluated.
  • Application guidelines (5) were translated into Estonian language.
  • Project team cooperated with Estonian Environment Investment Centre and Estonian Research Council. 
  • Creation of a national co-financing system was started.

Project Partners

Administrative Details

Original Title: Awareness raising & application quality improvement of the LIFE program in Estonia

Project Reference: LIFE14 CAP/EE/000009

Submitting Country: Estonia

Year of Financing: 2014

Start Date: 01-Jan-2016

End Date: 30-Sep-2018

Duration in Months: 33

Total Cost in €: 347,444.00 €

EC Contribution in €: 326,000.00 €