The Institute makes grants for purposes of disaster relief. In 2020, as part of the EIB Group’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, the EIB Institute coordinated a donation of €1 million, the largest ever made by the EIB Group. Half of the donation was allocated to NGOs fighting the effects of the pandemic and half to well-known EU research institutes active in COVID-19 related research. In 2019, following Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa, the Institute raised €261 695.

In previous years, we organised donations following the refugees crisis in Colombia and to help victims of natural disasters like the devastating fires in Greece and Portugal, the earthquakes in Indonesia, Ecuador, Mexico. Italy and Nepal.

The EIB Institute also organises donations of IT equipment no longer used by the EIB Group to non-profit organisations, local community centres or schools registered in an EU country.

In 2019, 91 schools and non-profit organisations in 15 countries benefited from the donation of 1 221 desktops, laptops, printers and other IT equipment. The EIB also donated more than 1 000 pieces of used IT equipment to African schools under a partnership with Close the Gap. Since the first contract with Close the Gap was signed in August 2014, the EIB has donated more than 4 000 pieces of IT equipment to the organisation.

Follow the link to read about the Institute’s grants for purposes of humanitarian catastrophes relief and donations of EIB decommissioned IT equipment.

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