Grants can be awarded as donations to third parties that are engaged in external aid activities.
"Following the entry into force of the Regulation (EU) n° 236/2014 of 11th March 2014 laying down common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for external action (CIR) and of the revised Annex IV to the Cotonou Agreement adopted on the 20th June 2014, new eligibility rules have to be applied in calls for tenders to be launched from 1 August 2014 at the latest. In case you have not received a notification on this matter, please contact your contracting authority".
How to apply for a grant?
You can find all information about grants and contracts on the EuropeAid's website. This is the EU department that deals with development. It manages EU external aid and ensures that assistance is delivered.
Those intending to apply for a grant should register in PADOR (Potential Applicant Data On-line Registration) and consult the calls for proposals on the website of the European Commission’s EuropeAid co-operation office.
Please note that it is necessary for staff working under projects financed by the EU to obtain a visa from a Lebanese embassy abroad before entering the country.
This obligation applies both to short stays (1-90 days) and to long stays (over 3 months). Unless such a visa is obtained prior to arriving to the country, the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not issue the necessary residency permit (a residency permit is needed for stays exceeding 3 months). The visa obligation is valid also for accompanying family members.
Please note that it is not possible to obtain such visas upon arrival to Rafic Hariri International Airport.
NB: Please make sure to tick the box “Business” (and not “Tourism”) regarding the purpose of your visit on the immigration form that has to be filled when arriving to the Beirut airport. Ticking the wrong box will lead to delays in issuing the necessary work permit later on.