In accordance with the Council of Europe rules on grant procedures, the Secretariat is under an obligation to ensure ex-post publication of all grants awarded by the Council of Europe in a given year. This internal obligation of transparency is further reinforced by contractual framework with certain donors, in particular the European Union.



 What is a grant?

A grant is a financial assistance by the Council of Europe to a grantee for the financing of a project or a specified action (“project related grant”) or for the financing of an operational expenditure[1] (“operational grant”). This definition applies irrespective of the grantee’s status (public or private individuals, legal or natural persons).



 What is the purpose of a grant?

A grant must have the purpose of both:

  • assisting the grantee in the attainment of its goals or objectives, and
  • fulfilling a more general objective of advancement of the Organisation’s values or policies.

These two preconditions are cumulative.



 Grant award procedures

Grant award procedures in the Council of Europe are based on the principles of transparency, non-retroactivity, non-cumulative awards, not-for-profit, co-financing and non-discrimination.



 When can a grant be used?

Grants are foreseen by Article 43 bis of the Financial Regulations of the Council of Europe, which is implemented by Rule 1374.

Rule 1374 applies to all grant procedures irrespective of the source of funding. This includes the Ordinary Budget, Voluntary Contributions and Grant Agreements with external donors.


[1] Operational grants should not normally give rise to grant agreements of more than twelve consecutive months’ duration.