The European Commission has granted one million euros to the European Humanities University Trust Fund in 2009. The new donation is in addition to the one million granted in 2008. With the total donation of two million euros, the European Commission remains the biggest single donor to the EHU, and accounts for more than one half of all the funding committed to the Trust Fund.
The EC donations come from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). The Annual Action Programme 2009 of the EIDHR was adopted by the on 15 April 2009, with the one million donation to the EHU Trust Fund included.