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Grant agreement/decision

If the project is selected for an EU grant under Erasmus+:

  • a grant decision - taken by the Executive Agency - is notified to the applicant of a selected project. Upon receipt/notification of the decision, the applicant becomes the beneficiary of an EU grant and can start the project1;
  • a grant agreement is signed between the National or Executive Agency selecting the project and the applicant. The applicant will receive the grant agreement, to be signed by its legal representative and returned to the National or Executive Agency; the National or Executive Agency is the last party to sign. When the grant is signed by both parties, the applicant becomes beneficiary of an EU grant and can start the project2.

Depending on the type of Action, grant agreements may take the form of mono-beneficiary agreements, with the applicant being the single beneficiary, or multi-beneficiary agreements, where all partners organisations of the consortium become beneficiaries of the agreement. The multi-beneficiary agreement is signed by the coordinator which is the only contact point for the National or Executive Agency. However, all other organisations participating in a project (co‑beneficiaries) sign a mandate to confer to the coordinator the responsibility of acting as main beneficiary. As a general rule, the mandates of each partner to the applicant will have to be provided at application stage. If these mandates are provided at a later stage, they must be made available at the latest by the time of the grant agreement signature.

Nota bene: Mandates are not required for partner organisations in countries other than the country of the applicant organisation in the case of Mobility projects for Higher education students and staff, Mobility projects for VET learners and staff, Mobility Projects for School education staff and Mobility Projects for Adult education staff. However, member organisations of national consortia in the fields of higher education, VET, school and adult education are required to provide a mandate to the applicant organisation.

As an exception, in Strategic Partnerships using the "School Exchange Partnerships" format, each participating organisation involved in a selected project will sign a separate (monobeneficiary) grant agreement – specific for its share of the grant - with the National Agency established in its own country..

Models of grant agreements and grant decisions used under the Erasmus+ Programme will be made available in the course of the year on the websites of the European Commission and Executive Agency.

The indicative calendar for the receipt of grant agreements and grant decisions under each Action is indicated in the in the section "Project life-cycle deadlines and payment modalities" below.

  • 1. For exceptions to this rule, see the section "non -retroactivity " in this part of the Guide
  • 2. See footnote above