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Mastering EuropeAid funding mechanisms and Grants management

Course Description

This learning path has been created by punto.sud Academy with the aim to provide all the necessary skills to properly work on the EU development cooperation projects. It is conceived for beginners in the management of EU-funded project having not so much experience in dealing with EU application for funding process and Grant management rules and in need of a comprehensive and practical introduction to this topic.

This is a blended learning, combining face-to-face (virtual) training with other on-line Innovative methodologies and interactive sessions.

You can get the certificate through a gradual and complete learning path, by participating to two virtual classroom courses and some eLearning modules and micro-learning sessions.

Specific Objective

To develop an in-depth knowledge of the European Union funding and programming system, skills in preparation of project proposals and in the application of the key rules for the management of EU-funded project, also by using adequate  monitoring systems and tools.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the learning plan you will be able to:

  • Identify relevant EU funding opportunities and calls for proposals
  • Prepare successful project proposals and realistic budgets
  • Properly apply PRAG procedures concerning Grants (e.g. costs eligibility, amendments, reporting, procurement, records keeping)
  • Build and manage effective project partnership
  • Manage financial support to third parties
  • Comply with EU requirements in terms of visibility and communication activities
  • Set up a Code of conduct for your organisation
  • Report on results achieved and related costs incurred
  • Prepare records and supporting evidences for expenditure verification

A learning path composed by two virtual classroom courses and three eLearning which aims to provide all the necessary skills to properly work on the EU development cooperation


Training Details

Target group and prerequisites

  • Staff of not-for-profit organisations (not suggested for UN agencies and other pillar-assessed organisations’ staff) with none or limited experience on EU development programmes, consultants who are interested in getting a detailed overview of the EU programming and funding system, the Grant application process and Grant management, university / post graduate students.
  • A previous experience / knowledge on access and management of EU funds is not required.


The following courses are included in this learning path:

  • 4-day virtual classroom training Get EU grants: writing successful proposals: a very practical training to get an overview of the key aspects related to the preparation of project proposals to get funding from DG DEVCO and DG NEAR. It focuses on the EU funding and programming system, in particular regarding the specificities of financial instruments for the EU external aid. The course aims at providing some tips and tricks on how to establish a fruitful relationship with the EC and the EU delegations and an in-depth knowledge on how to deal with calls for proposals and direct negotiations with the EU to get grants.  By the end of this course, participants will strengthen their competences in writing proposals relevant to the EU objectives, complete, well designed and attractive. Finally, participants will be able to prepare realistic budgets in compliance with the eligibility rules and other EU requirements.
  • 3-day virtual classroom training EuropeAid uncovered: managing EU funded Grants: a practical and interactive training to discover what it means signing a Grant contract and applying PRAG rules. This course allows participants to acquire competences in monitoring, procurement, reporting and cost eligibility. It also provides tips to ensure fruitful partnerships and coordination mechanisms, to know how to properly deal with changes during project implementation and be ready for the expenditure verification and other audit exercises. By the end of the course, participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills to solve all types of issues and challenges in the implementation of EU-funded projects, in particular those financed by DG DEVCO (EuropeAid) and DG NEAR.

  • eLearning All need to know about financial support to third parties in EU Grants: financial support to third parties is often a key component of EU external aid Actions. This means that Grant beneficiaries must be equipped to act as donors within their EU-funded project, i.e. to award and manage financial support to small CSOs, grassroots organisations or other types of entities. This eLearning module clearly explains with practical examples and templates how to deal with this project activity, from proposal stage to award of financial support to third parties to reporting and auditing.

  • eLearning #EUinmyAction: Requirements for Visibility and Communication: this eLearning aims at providing step-by-step guidance to ensure EU visibility within Grants financed by DG  DEVCO and DG NEAR. It focuses on communication and visibility activities to be performed at each stage of the project (proposal, implementation and reporting) and provides useful tips and examples on how to best operationalise them.

  • eLearning Creating and implementing an effective Code of Conduct: this eLearning aims to accompany NGOs and not for profit organisations that would like to receive funding from the European Commission in the development and, above all, enforcement of their Code of Conduct.
Course Prices
800 Euro

standard price

(excluding VAT – to be added if due)

700 Euro

3 or more bookings

(excluding VAT – to be added if due)

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