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The European Social Fund (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.

Opportunity Details

Target audience
Digital skills for the labour force.
Digital skills in education.
Digital skills for all
Digital technology / specialisation
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Generic programmes and qualifications not further defined
Geographical sphere
EU institutional initiative
Form of funding
Financing intermediary
ESF Managing Authorities in own country or region.

ESF projects are applied for and run by a wide variety of organisations, including:

  • public administrations, 
  • workers’ and employers’ organisations, 
  • NGOs, 
  • charities,
  • companies.
Financing conditions
  • ESF funding is available through the Member States and regions.
  • The ESF does not fund projects directly from Brussels.
  • Organisations interested in ESF funding for a project should contact the ESF Managing Authority in their country or region.