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Topic identifier: CONS-EU-ORG-2019-2021
Publication date: 03 May 2018

Types of action: CONS-FPA-OG Framework Partnership Agreement for Operating Grants
Opening date:
03 May 2018
Deadline: 28 June 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Consumer Programme
Topic Description

The primary objectives and activities of the applicant organisation should promote and protect both, health and safety as well as economic and legal interests of consumers in the European Union.


Operating grants can be awarded to non-governmental, non-profit-making, independent of industry, commercial and business or other conflicting interests to improve consumers' education, information and awareness. Only European organisations mandated to represent the interests of consumers at Union level by organisations in at least half of the Member States are eligible for funding.

The purpose of this call is twofold:

1. The call for proposals 2018 aims at concluding framework partnership agreements for a duration of maximum three years – covering the operating years 2019, 2020 and 2021 in order to establish long term cooperation (partnership) between the contracting authority and the selected partner(s).

2. To sign specific grant agreements (SGA) with the selected organisation in order to co-finance the functioning of their organisation for 2019 (1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019).

The beneficiary who has concluded a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) shall be invited to submit a simplified grant application, together with a detailed work programme and the corresponding budget for each operating year. Signing a FPA does not guarantee annual co-funding as the partnership does not per se constitute an obligation to award grants to the partner.

Type of action:

Framework Partnership Agreement (CONS-FPA)

Topic conditions and documents

1.   Eligible countries: described in section 6 of the Call document.


2.   Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in sections 5 and 6 of the Call document.

Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template

3.   Evaluation

 Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in sections 8 and 9 of the Call document.

 For submission and evaluation process, see Guide for applicants – joint  actions

4.   Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement: described in section 3 of theCall document.


5.   Proposal templates and model grant agreements (MGA):

       Joint Action (CONS-JA) / Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA):
      Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
Multi-beneficiary Model Grant Agreement
Mono-beneficiary Model Grant Agreement
Framework Partnership Agreement - Mono
Specific Grant Agreement - Mono

6.   Additional requirements:
Please perform a financial viability self-check, using the PP tool of the financial viability self-check.


The call for proposals 2018 aims at providing financial contributions (operating grants) to the functioning of Union-level consumer organisations through the conclusion of framework partnership agreements for a duration of maximum three years – covering the operating years 2019, 2020 and 2021 - and of specific operating grants for 2019. The framework partnership agreements shall include a multi-annual work programme for the period 2019-2021. The beneficiary who has concluded a framework partnership agreement shall be invited to submit a simplified grant application, together with a detailed work programme and the corresponding budget for each operating year. A specific operating grant will be awarded to the partners for implementing a specific work programme in 2019 under the framework partnership agreements.

The priorities of the year concern, in particular, the following objectives: Contribution towards the integration of consumer interests into the priority actions under the Digital Single Market, the Energy Union, financial services, the Circular Economy, collaborative economy and also enforcement and consumer rights including redress; contribution towards strengthening the representation of consumer organisations in the Member States; representing consumer interests and expressing consumers' concerns to institutions, interest groups, media and the general public; encouraging consumer organisations to take a more active stance on European issues, including social cohesion and convergence, with their various contacts and partners at both European and national level.

The operating grants will financially support the functioning of Europe wide consumer organisations which do the advocacy work as well as carry out the concrete education and information activities of the consumer organisations to strengthen the national consumer movements. Expected result would be to have the voice of the consumer movement heard and respected both at EU and national levels.

7.   Additional documents:
Annual work programme
     Consumer Programme Decision

      EU Financial regulation

Submission Service

No submission system is open for this topic.

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