Donor base: Belgium
Application procedure: Concept Note, Full Proposal, Online Application
Eligible applicants: Individual, Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Annual number of calls: More than 20

Financial details

Donor size: Large - more than $5,000,000
Funding instruments: Grants, Other
Annual funding volume: More than $20,000,000
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Children & Youth
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Social Inclusion

Project Locations

  1. Europe

      Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia


1) About

The European Social Fund (ESF) is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people and all those seeking a job. ESF financing of EUR 10 billion a year is improving job prospects for millions of Europeans, in particular those who find it difficult to get work. One priority is to boost the adaptability of workers with new skills, and enterprises with new ways of working. Other priorities focus on improving access to employment: by helping young people make the transition from school to work, or training less-skilled job-seekers to improve their job prospects. Indeed, vocational training and lifelong learning opportunities to give people new skills form a large part of many ESF projects. Another priority focuses on helping people from disadvantaged groups to get jobs.

2) Thematic Interest

  • Job creation
  • Economic development
  • Youth
  • Vocational training
  • Social inclusion

3) Focus Countries

The focus of their funding is on EU member countries.

4) Application Procedures

ESF funding is available through the Member States and regions. The ESF does not fund projects directly from Brussels. Organisations interested in ESF funding for a project should contact the ESF Managing Authority in their country or region. To find the relevant ESF contact address, visit the given website. Individuals interested in participating in ESF projects can find the relevant ESF contact address as well on the website. National and regional ESF websites, as well as local employment services are also a good source of information on opportunities proposed by the ESF. Amounts of funding vary from a few thousand € up to various million €. Co-funding is usually required.

5) Contact

European Commission
DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion
1049 Brussels

T: +32 2 299 11 11
E: please use the online form

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