About Grants

About Grants

Most of the grants are awarded following calls for proposals. A call for proposals is a public procedure launched by the Contracting Authority, addressed to clearly identified categories of applicants, to promote actions falling within the framework of a specific EU programme.

Grants are direct financial contributions from the EU budget or from the European Development Fund. They are granted by way of donation to beneficiaries that are engaged in external aid activities. The Contracting Authority awards grants that are used to implement projects or activities that relate to the EU’s external aid programmes.

Learn more about grants, grant applications, project proposals, eligible costs, project phases and project evaluations.

See the latest calls for proposals.

To help candidates submit applications for call for proposals, EuropeAid has developed a new IT tool (PROSPECT).

See how to apply.




  • The Practical Guide explains contracting procedures for EU external aid contracts financed by the EU general budget (Budget) and the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

    Consult PRAG

  • E-learning course on the Practical Guide. Do you want to know more about EU external action procedures? See our self-learning distance course on contractual procedures.

    e-Learning PRAG

  • e-Calls PROSPECT is the electronic system developed by EuropeAid to facilitate the submission of applications for call for proposals.

    e-Calls PROSPECT

  • Potential Applicant Data Online Registration database contains information on organisations applying for European Commission grants in the field of external assistance.

    e-Calls PADOR

  • Delegated Cooperation, Cooperation with partner countries and with international organisations, Co-financing and Management Modes.

    Consult DEVCO-Companion