Under the ESF+ shared management strand, the Commission does not provide direct funding for projects. Member States and regions are responsible for the implementation of ESF+ funding.
Member States can largely decide how they wish to organise the implementation of the ESF+. In agreement with the Commission, Member States may choose to have only a single national ESF+ programme, implement the ESF+ through a set of regional programmes or combine both approaches. ESF+ managing authorities will then select projects based on their relevance to national and/or regional programmes.
Beneficiaries are involved in applying for and implementing ESF and ESF+ projects. This wide variety of organisations includes public administrations, worker and employer organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), charities and companies. The individuals who take part in ESF/ESF+ projects are called participants. These individuals may include workers training for new skills, young jobseekers getting work placements, people seeking advice on how to set up their own business, as well as children or students participating in educational and/or care programmes.
Organisations and individuals interested in applying for ESF+ funding – or wish to submit a project proposal – should consult their national and regional ESF/ESF+ websites. Alternatively, they may contact the ESF+ Managing Authority in their country or region