The ESF is funding tens of thousands of projects across the Union that make a real difference to the lives of millions of individuals. Here you can find some examples.
Giving homeless men the tools to make a fresh start (05/11/2014)
A project based in Ireland helping homeless men improve the literacy and life skills and so take a more active role in society.
ESF Contribution : EUR 47 981 – Number of Participants : 8 – 15 per course
Learning how to save on water and energy costs (03/07/2014)
Trainees on the Clara Youthreach programme benefited from a rainwater harvesting project to learn new skills to serve them in the future, including costing, computing, plumbing and community work
ESF Contribution : 50% – Number of Participants : 25
New honours degree taps potential of video gamers (19/05/2014)
School leavers passionate about video games can enrol on a new honours degree course in software engineering (games development) in Athlone, Ireland, to qualify for a career in a fast-growing industry
ESF Contribution : €626,115.88 – Number of Participants : >200
Traditional boat making as an economic opportunity (25/01/2013)
A boat making course revives traditional skills to create economic opportunities in rural communities in Ireland with the support of the ESF.
ESF contribution: €12,500 - Number of participants: 16
The Student Assistance Fund (SAF), co-funded through the European Social Fund, provides assistance to students who are experiencing financial difficulties.
ESF contribution: €277 735 - Number of participants: 738
Supporting literacy (26/06/2012)
In the ‘Basic Education Solutions’ project the Limerick City Adult Education Service is providing a range of learning opportunities for adults who lack reading and writing skills and thus have difficulties in getting work.
Participants: >1000 (in 2009) - ESF contribution: ~EUR 3 875 000
Digital skills in demand (19/10/2011)
Projects run by the Digital Skills Academy allowed unemployed participants to acquire skills in professional internet servies and digital media.
Participants: WebActivate: 200; DIGI MEDIA: 100 - ESF contribution: €452 200