Government grant management
Food and water are indispensable to growing and thriving – this also illustrates the function of grants, which enable the state to actively advance measures of major federal interest. Usually, the ministries decide who will be awarded grants. The Federal Office of Administration (BVA) is responsible for the practical implementation: it issues approval decisions, supervises and advises grant recipients – especially with respect to financing issues – and, finally, examines whether grants have been properly employed.
Grants serve very diverse objectives, for instance the promotion of sport, culture, work in the areas of family , women, senior citizens and youth affairs, as well as in the fields of labour and social affairs, health, education, justice, and transport, or humanitarian activities abroad. Besides, projects financed from the European Social Fund (ESF) have become increasingly important at the BVA, e.g. the programmes ‘Citizen's Work’, ‘Xenos – Living and Working in Diversity’, ‘Continuing Education Grant’, or ‘Networks for Effective Assistance to Single Parents’.
As an ESF audit body, the Federal Office of Administration (division VMB 8) examines, on behalf of the audit authority of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), the effective functioning of the management and control system used to implement ESF funding programmes subject to the areas of responsibility of different federal ministries
The ESF certification authority at the Federal Office of Administration has been commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales, BMAS) which is responsible for the operational programme of the Federal Government as a whole to perform tasks on their behalf.
The Federal Office of Administration (BVA) is the ESF managing authority. It is responsible for the planning, implementation and accounts of funding programmes.