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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. Practical measures may include the following areas:

  • Immission control
  • Air pollution control
  • Water management
  • Circular economy
  • Chemical policy
  • Resource conservation
  • Marine conservation
  • Soil conservation

Additional activities to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also envisaged. Funding will be granted to projects that address overarching issues of environmental policy (e.g. participation processes, gender equality, digitalisation) 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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    The project aims to prevent illegal killing of lynxes in Bavaria and the Czech Republic, where the animals are currently particularly threatened by poaching.

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    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.

  •  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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • ongoing

    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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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.

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    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.

  •  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.

  • View of the Oder River from above

    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 fo-cus here.

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    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.

  •  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.