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EU Subsidies and Grants


The European Commission awards money in the form of grants in order to implement projects or activities in relation to European Union policies. These grants may be awarded within fields as diverse as research, education, health, consumer protection, protection of the environment, humanitarian aid, etc.

Grants are not awarded on a case-by-case basis.  Instead, they are subject to annual programming.  Before 31 March each year, those Departments of the Commission that manage grant programs publish their annual work program on their Internet site.  The work program fixes the broad outlines of the grants that are envisaged over the year (area of activity, objectives, timetable, available budget, award conditions, etc.).

Subsequently, the EU Departments publish calls for proposals on their Internet sites,  the calls for proposals invite candidates to present, within a given deadline, a proposal for action that corresponds to the objectives pursued and fulfils the required conditions.  These calls for proposals are also published in the Official Journal of the European Union - C series.

All applications are examined and evaluated on the basis of criteria that have clearly been announced in the calls for proposals.  While ensuring equal treatment, candidates are individually informed of the final decision concerning their proposal.

Some grants are exceptionally awarded directly to certain beneficiaries without a call for proposals. This may be due to their specific competences or characteristics which meant that they are the sole beneficiaries for certain actions (situations of monopoly), or to the emergency nature of the action (humanitarian aid in particular).

As grants are made with public money, the European Commission applies the principle of transparency.  By 30 June of each year, the Commission Departments publish on their Internet sites the list of the grants that they awarded during the previous year, with the exception of those awarded in the form of scholarships to individuals.

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We can assist you with

  • identifying which grants may apply to you
  • assessment of your eligibility
  • your application to the European Commission

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