Calls for Proposals

All information and forms to apply to the 2020 LIFE4BEST call for proposals are available below under Documents (including the Guidelines and Application Forms). Applications must only be submitted through the LIFE4BEST portal (below under Apply Now).

LIFE4BEST : 2nd call for proposals (CLOSED)
Deadline: March 11, 2021

The guidelines for applicants as well as all forms and documents are available below under Documents.
For any questions, please consult the FAQ document or contact your Regional Focal Point (section Contact us).
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Apply Now Documents

ESMS Grievance mechanism

The LIFE4BEST Secretariat has put in place an ESMS Grievance Mechanism. The purpose of the mechanism is to allow communities, project stakeholders or affected groups who believe that they may be negatively affected by the executing entity’s failure to respect IUCN’s environmental and social principles, standards, or procedures to raise a complaint to the LIFE4BEST Secretariat. The ESMS Grievance Mechanism and the respective complaint procedure are described on IUCN’s public website at The complaint can be submitted in the following way:

First step: Contact the LIFE4BEST Secretariat using the address If the concern is not resolved through the first step, project stakeholders or affected groups can proceed with the second step.

Second step: Submit a complaint to IUCN LIFE4BEST Secretariat, IUCN Headquarters, Rue Mauverney 28, 1196 Gland, Switzerland by post or by email to

A suggested format for submitting the complaint is available in this section of the website.


LIFE4BEST: Call for proposals 2019 (CLOSED)
Deadline: July 1, 2020

The call for proposals launched in 2019 ended with the funding of 18 projects. With a maximum funding of € 50,000 for a total duration limited to 14 months, each of the selected projects is presented in the Projects section of the site.