WORKING WITH DG ECHO AS AN NGO PARTNER | 2021 - 2027
THE HUMANITARIAN AID MODEL GRANT AGREEMENT (HA MGA) FOR NGOS
Credit: ©2019 European Union (photographer Peter Biro)
Commission Decision of 12 June 2020 (C(2020)3759 final) imposes a new corporate model grant agreement (MGA) on all Commission services as from January 2021.
DG ECHO has worked intensively with the central services on adapting the corporate template to the needs of humanitarian actions.
The humanitarian specificities are addressed in the Annex 5, which contains specific rules  on communication and visibility requirements and for carrying out an action.
The template can be used for both mono- and multibeneficiary grants. The latter represents the case in which DG ECHO funded actions are coordinated by a certified partner in consortium with other ECHO certified partners.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE HUMANITARIAN AID MODEL GRANT AGREEMENT
The structure of the HA MGA is as follows:
- Data sheet = «specific» part of the agreeement
- Chapters 1-6 «general» part of the agreement
- Annex 1: Description of the action (e-Single Form)
- Annex 2: Budget (corporate template adjusted)
- Annex 3: Accession form for multibeneficiary’s action
- Annex 4: Financial statement model
- Annex 5: Specific rules for humanitarian aid operations
DURATION OF THE HA MGA
Please note that the HA MGA as published here is a result of several adjustments of the corporate MGA not only to the humanitarian aid specificities, but also to the possibilities of the current DG ECHO IT systems and internal procedures.
This version of the HA MGA will be used until the moment when DG ECHO on-boards the corporate e-grants system.
THE AGA - Annotated Model Grant Agreement
The new Model Grant Agreement is a corporate contractual template used by all the Commission DGs and Executive Agencies. In order to provide users with clarifications on its provisions, the so-called “Annotated Model Grant Agreement (AGA)” was adopted. This contains practical guidelines on the new Grant Agreements for the EU funding programmes 2021-2027. The AGA explains each article of the MGA and includes programme specificities as examples.
Please consider that the version of the AGA, available on the Reference Document page,  is provisional and for the time being it does not include the guidelines on Annex 5 to the MGA, which includes all EU programmes specific rules.