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The European Social Fund (ESF) aims to help people get better jobs and ensuring fairer living standards and job opportunities. It contributes to the EU and local ambitions for smart, sustainable inclusive growth.

Priorities for investment are:

  • Increases labour market participation.
  • The promotion of social inclusion.
  • Skills development of the existing, and potential, workforce.
  • Support for young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), or those at risk of becoming NEET.

Current ESF funding calls

For more information about each call, visit our funding page here.

Information for applicants

Interested in applying for ESF funding? Visit our applicants and delivery partners zone or access specific information here:

Access to the Programme contacts >
Applicant support sessions >
Technical questions and answers >
Library of documents >

Funded projects

View active/delivered ESF projects >

Directory of current projects supporting unemployed and inactive individuals (May 2020)

ESF Case studies booklet (November 2020)

Key fund themes are: