Employment, Social Inclusion, & Social Enterprise
European Social Fund
The ESF is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people and all those seeking a job. ESF financing of EUR 10 billion a year is improving job prospects for millions of Europeans, in particular those who find it difficult to get work.
- Priority 1: Access to Employment - promoting sustainable and quality employment and supporting labour mobility
- Priority 2: Social Inclusion - promoting social inclusion and combating poverty and any discrimination
- Priority 3: Skills for Growth - investing in education, training and vocational training for skills and lifelong learning
- Priority 4: Technical Assistance
ESF grants are generally not available directly from the Department of Education & Skills. The programme supports a range of courses, schemes and projects across the country but this assistance is channelled through various Departments and Agencies.
Types of Projects
Click here to find out about ESF activities in Ireland
Click here to find out about ESF activities in the UK.
Since the Access Europe project closed in January 2018, the information is no longer updated here with new calls for proposals. To keep updated with European funding information, subscribe to Funding Point, The Wheel's database of grants available to Ireland's community, voluntary and charitable sector.