The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.
LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been three complete phases of the programme (LIFE I: 1992-1995, LIFE II: 1996-1999 and LIFE III: 2000-2006). During this period (LIFE+ 2007 – 2013), LIFE has co-financed some 3104 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €2.2 billion to the protection of the environment.

Read more about LIFE: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/