Grants can be awarded as donations to third parties that are engaged in external aid activities.
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.
In the following link you can find a guidance document on writing proposals for the European Union , prepared by InProgress