Grants are payments for specific purposes provided by the Federal Government to bodies that are not part of the federal administration. They constitute a flexible instrument for the Federal Government to actively contribute to and control relevant socio-political processes of major national interest that would not be sufficiently ensured without appropriate support.
The decision which areas are of major interest is in most cases reserved to the ministries. The Federal Office of Administration (BVA) is finally responsible for the operational management of grants and ensures with its personnel and infrastructural potential a consistent, efficient and professional implementation of political grant decisions. It cooperates with various grant recipients and other authorities at federal, Land and municipal level.
The many years of experience with different grant procedures have paved the way for the BVA to become the central grant service provider of the Federal Government. An increasing number of federal ministries makes use of our large services portfolio ranging from the issue of approval decisions to counselling services for grant recipients to the final examination of the proofs of employment of funds. Public funds are for instance granted for the promotion of sport and culture, work in the areas of family affairs, women, senior citizens and youth, as well as the promotion of peace-keeping initiatives or of the cultural relations and education policy.
Besides the grants from the federal budget, ESF funding becomes increasingly important. The European Social Fund is an EU Structural Fund created with the objective to close the gaps in prosperity and living standards that exist between EU countries and regions and thereby promote economic and social cohesion. On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), the BVA undertakes various tasks of an administration body (administrative implementation), certification body (financial monitoring and monitoring of expenditures), and auditing body (monitoring of the adequate implementation) for ESF support programmes.