Grant law: raising objections and appeals

Do you disagree with a grant decision? What’s the next move?

What if your grant application is (partly) rejected or the grant is set at a lower level? Many applicants consider this ‘case-closed’, but that could be a missed opportunity! If you act quickly and substantiate your appeal with clear arguments, you have a chance of contesting a decision successfully. ffiqs works with experienced lawyers who double-check these decisions for you promptly and quickly.

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Challenging a government decision starts with control

Contrary to popular belief, you can challenge a government decision. That is the good news. But it is not straightforward which means it is important to be vigilant. Grant procedures often have many separate decision moments: the decision on the application, an advance payment, an interim amendment, and the final decision. And even after the end of the grant project when any excess funds are recovered. You are free to object to and appeal against these decisions. It only makes sense to do so, however if you act promptly and use sound arguments to challenge the decision. It is therefore of the utmost importance to double check (or have checked) every decision immediately.

A good chance of success thanks to our lawyers with grant law expertise

ffiqs works with lawyers who have a great deal of advisory and litigation experience. Thanks to our well-organised and proven services, we have a high success rate. Our services are divided into four phases:


Phase 1: Preliminary phase

Before a decision is taken, there are often good opportunities to have a positive impact on the administrative body. We can advise you on how to reply to a letter of enquiry and respond to a proposed decision.


Phase 2: Process advice

We analyse any decision and research which arguments you should put forward. You will receive properly substantiated advice on the chances of success of any objection or appeal procedure and the costs involved, so that you can make a well-considered decision on whether to initiate proceedings or not.


Phase 3: Drafting

We will draft any objection or appeal in close consultation with you. We will consider the facts, the policy, and the relevant grant rules as well as current case law.


Phase 4: Litigation

We represent you during the entire procedure (including the hearing), monitor the deadlines and correspond with the grant provider or the court.

The choice is yours: we can take care of all your worries, but you can also purchase the above services separately. Together we will look at what suits your organisation best. Contact us for more information

Grant law expertise is sparse in the Netherlands

A lawyer specialised in grant law is worth their weight in gold. Really! The combination of legal expertise with knowledge of grants and sectors is scarce. Even the larger legal service providers do not offer such expertise, or only at considerable expense. The unique knowledge-combination of ffiqs experts and lawyers contributes to a high success rate. Thanks to careful consideration beforehand and our total commitment, we are able to turn most of the cases where we conduct objection or appeal proceedings into success stories.

Would you like to know more about grant law?

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