Donor: European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF)
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 11.09.2020

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: 100.000€
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 100.000€
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Disability
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Social Inclusion

Project Locations

  1. Europe

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


1) Objective

The European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) is a new initiative designed to have significant impact on some of Europe’s most pressing social challenges. Objectives of the ESCF are: (1) To provide financial support, guidance and information to proven social service innovations selected through a pan-European competition to develop implementation plans to upscale; (2) To stimulate a broader range of public sector, philanthropic and social investment collaborations that foster the scaling of social service innovations to meet social challenges across EU Member States aligned with the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights; (3) To produce exemplar plans across a range of priority social challenge areas that can be implemented to a substantial level of scale within two years; (4) Plans also must be relevant to the social and implementation challenges in at least five EU Member States, two of which will be Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs); (5) To develop and disseminate knowledge and skills on how to successfully plan the scaling of social service innovations; and (6) To design a further phase of the European Social Catalyst Fund based on learning obtained in the process of achieving these objectives.

The application must address social challenges within at least one of the listed focus areas below drawn from the Sustainable Development Goals and align with the three main categories of the European Pillar of Social Rights: equal opportunities and access to the labour market; fair working conditions; social protection and inclusion. ageing; poverty and marginalisation; homelessness; disability; mental health; migration; promoting gender equality; dementia; digital inclusiveness; employment and job creation; inequalities; education, training, skills; community development; the role and place of young people in society; inter-generational solidarity; and ecological and social transition.

2) Eligibility

Applications can be made by (1) collaborations involving public and private agencies (lead applicant must be a non-profit); (2) public agencies; or (3) private non-profit agencies, in EU Member States, that aim to scale proven innovations that can effectively contribute to reducing, or overcoming, social challenges within or across countries.

3) Location

Actions must take place in EU Member States.

4) Budget

Each selected application will receive a planning grant of up to €100,000 along with capacity building support. A minimum of €600,000 will be allocated to support at least 6 plans.

5) Application

Deadline for applications is 11 September 2020.

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