The Institute makes small grants available to non-profit organisations registered within the EU Member States.[1] Projects may be located in any country where the EIB has a lending mandate . Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Institute and decided on a case by case basis. Applications are reviewed by a committee composed of EIB Group (EIB and EIF) employees.

Eligible applications will be answered throughout the year. In the event that the budget for a given year has been exhausted, applications that have not been rejected will be transferred to the following year when funds are available.

Applications will be acknowledged no later than 10 business days following their receipt. Applicants will be duly notified in writing of the decision regarding their applications no later than 30 business days following the meeting of the Grants Committee.[2]

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be a non-profit organisation operating in a social field, submitting projects with a social or humanitarian, academic or scientific purpose. Applications in the name of individuals will not be accepted.
The Institute retains full discretion to assess whether applicants meet these eligibility requirements and may reject applications.

Applications must include, where applicable:

  • A detailed description of the project’s objectives, highlighting its purpose
  • A problem statement, outlining the problem addressed by the project
  • Project scope
  • Expected project benefits, that is the project anticipated humanitarian or social  outcome
  • Time frame, including key milestone and expected completion date
  • Budget
  • Applications must be completed using the online application form (EN, FR).
  • The completed application form together with a cover letter bearing the letterhead of the organisation requesting the grant, should be submitted by e-mail to or by post to the European Investment Bank Institute – 100 Boulevard Konrad Adenauer, L-2950 Luxembourg.
  • Applications must be signed and submitted by the legal representative of the organisation. Adequate evidence[3] will be required of that person’s powers to represent the organisation.
  • Applicants must provide evidence that the organisation making the request is operating as a licensed organisation and is registered as an organisation in an EU Member State.
  • Successful applicants will be assessed and selected on the impact and quality of the proposal.
  • Grants will only be awarded for specific projects and can only be awarded once for  the same project.  The Institute’s grants programme will not fund the operational or  recurrent costs of the organisations.
  • Successful  applications must accept in advance the right of the Institute or an audit body of the Institute to  visit the project that has benefited from the grant and to  follow-up on any action points established by the EIB following an audit or visit.  In addition, successful applicants must accept in advance the right of the Institute to  publish details of the grant, namely the identity and location of the organisation and the project, on its website.
  • Successful  applicants must provide a progress update with  photos -if applicable- 12 months after receipt of the grant and submit a completion report to the Institute.

1 Political parties are not eligible to receive a grant.
2 The Grants Committee meets two or three times a year to review and decide on application for grants.
3 Adequate evidence can be defined as a letter submitted by the organisation requesting the grant, bearing the organisation’s letterhead.