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1. ESF

European Social Fund (ESF)

 

European Social Fund (ESF) The ESF actively supports young people through actions supporting their access and integration into employment, self-employment, social inclusion, education and training, traineeships and apprenticeships, jobs and training mobility, among others

From 2014 to 2020 there is a € 6.4 billion directly targeting youth employment with € 27 billion targeting education and training measures

The ESF is managed at EU Member States level, based on national ESF budget allocations. The European Social Fund is implemented by Managing Authorities in each Member State, at national or regional level.

Who can apply?

Organisations that can apply for funding vary across the EU as this is determined by each Member State/ region and not at the EU level. ESF projects are applied for and run by a wide variety of organisations known as beneficiaries, typically including public institutions, workers’ and employers’ organisations, NGOs, charities and companies.

Organisations interested in ESF funding for a project should contact the ESF Managing Authority in their country or region. See link below.

The ESF funding is implemented by Managing Authorities of the European Social Fund in Member States, typically on the basis of calls for proposals or public procurement (the modalities vary across Member States).

Further information:

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 ESF page.

2. YEI

Youth Employment Initiative

In order to provide financial support to Member States worst hit by youth unemployment, the Youth Employment Initiative finances measures that directly help young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs).

From 2014-2020 the total budget allocated is 8.8 billion EUR.

The Youth Employment Initiative is implemented by Managing Authorities of the European Social Fund in Member States.  

Further information:

Organisations interested in YEI funding for a project should contact the ESF Managing Authority in their country or region. To find the relevant ESF contact address, visit the ESF page.

3. ESC

European Solidarity Corps jobs and traineeships – two projects financed under the Employment and Social Innovation programme (EaSI)

The European Solidarity Corps provides new opportunities for young Europeans to engage in solidarity activities across Europe, to gain invaluable experience, to develop their skills, and to make a contribution to society. To this end, it offers two possibilities: young people can either participate in a volunteering project, or get placed for a job or traineeship in solidarity-related fields across Europe, for two to twelve months.

To kick start the occupational dimension of the European Solidarity Corps, two projects have been established. They have the objective to offer up to 6000 job or traineeship opportunities to European Solidarity Corps participants across the EU.

The traineeships will be paid and jobs will be remunerated according to national laws. There will always be an employment contract. Travel costs are covered and participants will receive support when arriving on the placement and when it ends, as well as the European Solidarity Corps certificate.

The activities of the two projects are co-financed with over EUR 14 million from the Employment and Social Innovation programme (EaSI), following a call for proposals.

Who can apply?


This is not a call for proposal where individual organisations can apply. However, employers interested in taking part in the European Solidarity Corps can contact the two projects to receive funding for offering placements.

The French and Italian Public Employment Services have brought together other employment services and partners on the ground to offer cross-border jobs and traineeships for European Solidarity Corps participants.

Their activities include:

  • Reaching out to employers in the EU
  • Identifying solidarity-related vacancies
  • Pre-selecting, contacting and informing suitable participants
  • Ensuring quality of job or traineeship offer
  • Supporting participants in getting placements on track
  • Offering support throughout the placement
  • Following return, assist participants with further integration into the labour market

 

Further information:

Young persons interested in taking part in the European Solidarity Corps can register on the website europa.eu/solidarity-corps and share their CV there.

Employers interested in taking part in the European Solidarity Corps can contact the two projects to receive funding for offering placements.

The Italian National Agency for active labour policies (ANPAL): eusolidaritycorps@anpal.gov.it

The French Public Employment Services (Pôle Emploi): eusolidaritycorps@pole-emploi.fr

Both projects' websites should be launched in the coming weeks.

If a company or organisation active in the solidarity sector would like to offer job or traineeship opportunities to European Solidarity Corps participants, it is invited to get in touch with:

  • The Italian National Agency for active labour policies (ANPAL): eusolidaritycorps@anpal.gov.it
  • The French Public Employment Services (Pôle Emploi): eusolidaritycorps@pole-emploi.fr

 

Who can apply?

Companies or organisations active in the solidarity sector interested in offering job or traineeship opportunities to European Solidarity Corps participants.

4. COSME

COSME - Peer-learning activities in entrepreneurship education and in women entrepreneurship.

The overall objective is to help increasing coordination between different actors as well as the exchange of experiences between countries, and to facilitate the setting up or improvement of strategies to promote entrepreneurship.

1.400.000 EUR budget has been allocated for this project.

Who can apply?

Any eligible organizations with sufficient experience in the field of activity described in the tender specifications.

The Specific call for tender managed by EASME

A Call for Tenders has been published (deadline for applications: 22/12/2017)

Further information:

Please visit the call on Ted eTendering for further information.

N.B. Although the COSME programme can support entrepreneurship education initiatives and projects, there is no specific line or sub-action in the programme dedicated specifically to this topic. There are sporadic initiatives that may be decided on an annual basis with the COSME Work Programme. Therefore we cannot provide a general information sheet on entrepreneurship education under COSME, but just information about one specific initiative that is open at the moment. This is what you find in the attached template. More actions should come with the next WP (2018) but until the Financing Decision is adopted they are not formally approved.

5. Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Cross-border exchange programme which aims to help new and aspiring entrepreneurs to acquire relevant skills to run and grow a small business by working with an experienced entrepreneur in another country for 1 to 6 months.

55.3 M EUR in COSME (2014-2020)

- Would be or new entrepreneurs max 3 years in business

- Host entrepreneurs running successfully business for more than 3 years

Who can apply?

Application is possible all year long via www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu web page. On local level network of implementing organisations offers support to applicants

In 2019 call for proposals for enlarging the network of Intermediary organisations

Further information:

www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu

Programme support office: support@erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu

Tel. +32 2 282 08 73  |  Fax +32 2 230 00 38
Facebook EYEprogramme;
Twitter @EYEProgramme

N.B. The programme does not address only young people but new entrepreneurs of any age.

6. Programmes managed by EACEA

Capacity Building in the field of youth

Foster cooperation and exchanges in the field of youth between Programme Countries and Partner Countries from different regions of the world;

  • improve the quality and recognition of youth work, non-formal learning and volunteering in Partner Countries and enhance their synergies and complementarities with other education systems, the labour market and society;
  • foster the development, testing and launching of schemes and programmes of non-formal learning
  • mobility at regional level (i.e. within and across regions of the world);
  • promote transnational non-formal learning mobility between Programme and Partner Countries,

 

There is 10.000.000 € budget for this January 2018 according to AWP 2018

Who can apply?

non-profit organisations ,associations, NGOs (including European Youth NGOs); national Youth Councils; public bodies at local, regional or national level in any of the eligible Partner of Programme Countries

Call managed by EACEA
Call to be published in October 2017

Further information:

Please visit this link: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/actions/key-action-2-cooperation-for-innovation-and-exchange-good-practices/capacity_en

Email: EACEA-YOUTH@ec.europa.eu for further details.

7. Erasmus+ - Key Action 3 - Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Youth

To provide structural support, referred to as operating grant, to European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) and EU-wide networks active in the field of education and training or in the field of youth

There is a EUR 2 500 000 budget for this.

Who can apply?

European non-governmental organisations (ENGO) in the field of of youth;

EU-wide networks (informal networks) in the field of youth.

Further information:

Please visit this link: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/civil-society-cooperation-in-field-education-and-training-and-youth_en

Email: EACEA-YOUTH@ec.europa.eu

8. Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange initiative

To create a safe online space where young people from EU and Southern Mediterranean countries can meet in structured, facilitated sessions, to exchange views and ideas with the aim to increase intercultural awareness and tolerance.

There is budget of €1.950.000.

Extension of a 1 year pilot project / tender which is now under selection

Further information:

This activity is planned to be operational by mid-2018. More information will be available on the European Youth Portal.

9. Social inclusion, values and fundamental rights: the contribution in the field of education, training and youth

To support transnational cooperation projects in the fields of education, training and youth.

€2,000,000 budget for this.

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants are public and private organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth or other socio-economic sectors, or organisations carrying out cross-sector activities (e.g. recognition centres, chambers of commerce, trade organisations, civil society, sport and cultural organisations etc.)

Eligible applicants must be established in a Programme Country.

Email: EACEA-YOUTH@ec.europa.eu

10. Support to better knowledge in youth policy

Improving the knowledge on youth issues in Europe

€1.100.000 budget for this project.

Who can apply?

Designated bodies

Email: EACEA-YOUTH@ec.europa.eu for further information.

11. Eurodesk Brussels-link

To ensure the coordination of the Eurodesk Network composed of national units established in the various Programme Countries.

There is a budget of €600.000 for this.

Email: EACEA-YOUTH@ec.europa.eu for further information.

12. Dialogue with stakeholders - National activities

Activities to promote synergies between the field of sport and the fields of health, education, training and youth conferences, seminars, meetings, and events;

There is a budget of €4.500.000 for these activities.

Who can apply?

Federations and associations involved in the European Week of Sport

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