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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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): firstname.lastname@example.org
The French Public Employment Services (Pôle Emploi): email@example.com
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): firstname.lastname@example.org
- The French Public Employment Services (Pôle Emploi): email@example.com
Who can apply?
Companies or organisations active in the solidarity sector interested in offering job or traineeship opportunities to European Solidarity Corps participants.
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)
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.
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
Programme support office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. +32 2 282 08 73 | Fax +32 2 230 00 38
N.B. The programme does not address only young people but new entrepreneurs of any age.
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
Email: EACEA-YOUTH@ec.europa.eu for further details.