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.
Republic of Ireland
Call for Proposals is now closed but a list of successful applicants against the recent calls on integration and gender equality can be viewed at the bottom of this page here.
The Operational Programme will be delivered as planned. Read the full statement here. Calls for proposals are currently closed. Visit the Department of the Economy website for more info.