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For more information about funding possibilities, thematic priority areas and application modalities, please contact ZUG gGmbH.


What measures are eligible for funding?

Funding is provided for projects that focus on environmental protection. Current priority topics for which measures can be implemented are:

  • Chemical policy
  • Sustainable economy (including circular economy and sustainable finance),
  • Water protection and water resilience
  • Participation processes and youth exchanges.


In individual cases, projects in areas such as immission control, air pollution control, water management, marine conservation, soil conservation et al. can also be funded.

Activities to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as projects that address overarching issues of environmental policy (e.g. gender equality, digitalisation) may be supported as well.

Who is eligible to apply?

Those eligible to apply are:

  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Foundations
  • Think tanks
  • Universities and research institutes
  • Non-profit enterprises and organisations

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be based in EU or EFTA member states, although partners from neighbouring states may also be included. Project activities must have a charitable, non-profit approach. Projects involving activities carried out exclusively in Germany are not eligible for funding.


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  • Hand holding envelope over ballot box against the background auf an EU flag

    2024 EU elections in the era of disinformation

    In a time of growing disinformation the project wants to help especially young EU citizens, to better tell facts from false information in order to make informed votes in the 2024 EU elections.

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    Sustainable Cooking

    The objective of this project is to promote a dietary shift from meat and other animal-based food consumption towards a predominantly plant-based, sustainable nutrition in Europe.

  • River flowing in the middle, with steep borders to its left and right sides.

    The Elbe lives!

    Through knowledge transfer, awareness-raising and networking among communities along the German-Czech border, the project aims to contribute to long-term improvements in the ecological status of the River Elbe.

  • Graphic shows storage jars with pasta

    Reuse Goes Further

    The European platform “Planet Reuse” seeks to strengthen the networking and collaboration among professionals and organisations on the topic of reusable packaging in all of Europe.

  • Children's hands holding up a planet in the open air

    (Re)connect with the nature

    The project organizes two exchanges with young people from Poland and Germany to discuss today’s environmental problems and explore potential solutions through methods of non-formal education.

  • A hand holds a small flag with the EU flag against a blue sky


    This project sets out to strengthen electronic participation practices of member state authorities within the EU.

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    Stronger civil society in the bioeconomy in Europe

    To strengthen civil society participation in the political discourse on bioeconomy, the project seeks to establish a civil society network of NGOs from EU Member States.

  • A lynx lies in the grass of a wildlife park enclosure

    Let lynxes live

    The project aims to prevent illegal killing of lynxes in Bavaria and the Czech Republic, where the animals are currently particularly threatened by poaching.

  • Brown cup with traditionally painted handle at the right side.

    Dávgi - Biocultural diversity in the Arctic

    The project seeks to build networks for knowledge exchange and bridge science with Indigenous knowledge through co-creative research.

  • Two people on a ship retrieve a yellow sonar device from the seawater.

    Internationalisation of the GhostDiver App

    The project aims to contribute to the detection of free-floating fishing gear and consequently to the reduction of marine litter by providing and further developing the WWF GhostDiver app.

  •  Bowls of beans and peas


    The project helps to connect diverse European innovators working towards a plant-based food system through the creation of the PlantEurope Network.

  • Illustration with skyscrapers, windmills and a yellow-green circle in the background saying Engagementhrift Engagement

    Sustainable Finance Qualification of Financial Advisors

    This project is developing an e-learning tool and educational videos to train financial advisors on sustainability in the financial system.

  • Various digital icons and a human hand holding a small plant

    Sustainability in the Digitalisation of the EU’s Financial Sector

    The project helps to exploit previously untapped potential for greater environmental sustainability at EU level and in the member states by thinking together about the areas of sustainability and digitalisation in the financial market.

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    Green Deal – Big Deal?

    With the European Green Deal, the EU aims to protect nature, transform the European economy and society and achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The podcast series "Green deal – Big Deal?" discuss various aspects of this flagship plan with experts from policy, business and science.

  • Crystal ball with a symbol for circular economy and surrounded by digital icons symbolizing different aspects of sustainability

    Circular economy and digitization policies in Europe

    This project develops policy proposals to improve the effective implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan in the context of digitalization.

  • Planted raised beds in the Prinzessinnengärten in Berlin

    Model projects for a future-oriented bioeconomy

    The project aims to provide a stimulus to shape a sustainable bioeconomy in Germany based on socially robust guidelines.

  • Different legumes

    The Global Bean Project

    The project wants to develop an EU-wide network of actors from civil society, enterprises, science and public institutions to highlight the importance of local beans and other legumes for climate change mitigation and biodiversity.

  • Chemical bottle with hazardous substance labels

    SAICM beyond 2020

    The aim of this project is to establish a network of non-governmental organisations working towards a preventive European and international chemicals management policy.

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    turnaround money

    turnaroundmoney is a participatory programme to accelerate the implementation of consistently more environmental protection through sustainable finance in the regions of Europe.

  •  The Dawros River at the edge of the forest in Connemara

    Action for sustainable supply chains

    This project aims at the enshrinement of robust environmental and climate obligations in the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive through coordinated civil society action.

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    Network for the development in the Oder region

    The project contributes to the sustainable development of the Oder region by establishing a network of Czech, German and Polish non-governmental organizations, experts and citizens.

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    Zero Pollution Action Plan

    The project targets the goal of zero pollution in the EU and therefore the implementation of the EU’s zero pollution action plan. Environmental pollution from agriculture is a key point of focus here.

  •  Aerial view of the outside of a drinking water treatment plant

    EU Chemical Strategy for Sustainability

    This project aims to contribute to toxicfree consumer products, by banning the most hazard-ous chemicals through the REACH reform and enshrining the needed policy instruments in law.

  • Aerial view of a river in a forest landscape

    Saving land resources

    The project contributes to the protection and upgrading of soils by means of putting scientific findings into practice, visualising pilot examples and stimulating imitation.