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OPEN CALLS

Here you will find all the open calls for proposals and other available funding opportunities through the EaSI programme.

In 2023, EaSI will continue to support analytical activities, policy implementation, capacity building and communication and dissemination across the four policy areas:  

  1. Employment and skills,  

  2. social protection and inclusion,  

  3. labour markets and labour mobility and  

  4. safe and fair working conditions.  


The overall budget in terms of commitments for the EaSI strand is set at EUR 130.9 million. 

  • Social Innovations for Upskilling of Vulnerable Youth, Especially Young People not in Employment, Education, or Training (NEETs)
    Deadline 27 March 2024, 5:00 PM, Brussels time Application link https://www.esf.lt/en/social-innovations-for-the-upskilling-of-vulnerable-youth-especially-young-people-not-in-employment-education-or-training-neets/1331 Call document https://www.esf.lt/data/public/uploads/2023/11/skills-call-conditions_final_23.11.10.pdf Call overview The aim of this call is skills development of vulnerable youth and in particular NEETs, by re-engaging them into learning and aiming at their (re-)integration into the labour market. Call detail Funding under this Call will be provided for projects with the aim to foster the development or scaling up of innovative methods/practices that have proven to be successful in other contexts, in other countries or regions, or within previous experimentations. The objective of the project is skills development of vulnerable youth and in particular NEETs, by re-engaging them into learning and aiming at their (re-)integration into the labour market. Increasing their employability by addressing skills gaps and helping to develop skills needed in labour markets in the context of green transition are particularly relevant for this Call. The funded projects will increase the opportunities of vulnerable young people in the labour market, as well as strengthen their role as active citizens in society. By fostering scaling up of innovative approaches this Call supports the objectives of the European Year of Skills, in particular the third objective thereof. The present Call offers an opportunity to further develop and properly apply innovative approaches to: - effective outreach to the target group, leading to a good take-up rate, - learning models and environments, enabling learners to develop skills relevant for labour market, - appropriate arrangements for skills validation and activation in the labour market Activities funded Applicants can propose activities that are best suited to pursue the objectives of the Call in their specific context. Applicants must describe how the proposed activities contribute to the expected outcomes as well as to the wider expected impacts of the Call. The expected outcomes should be realistic and defined in measurable terms. Activities should be designed with the needs of vulnerable young people, in particular vulnerable NEETs in mind. They may require more intensive support to start with learning or training activities or to make the transition to employment. They may have personal situations that need to be addressed before they can consider learning, training and/or career prospects. Applicants should ensure that the activities described correlate with the proposed budget. The implementation of activities should be carefully documented to ensure transferability and/or upscaling if the project approach proves to be effective. Activities that can be funded as part of the projects may include but are not limited to: 1. Activities related to mapping and reaching out to the target group 2. Activities related to upskilling and/or skills development 3. Activities related to individual guidance 4. Activities related to skills validation and activation in the labour market 5. Support to enable participants to participate in project activities 6. Participating in mutual learning events Eligibility Legal entities established and registered in the Member States are eligible as applicants or co-applicants and associated partners. Applicant, co-applicants and associated partners can be: - NGOs/third sector/voluntary/youth non-profit entities, - local and regional authorities,- job centres, public employment services (PES), employment agencies, - schools,- vocational education and training (VET) providers, - companies, social partners, representative bodies linked to the labour market, including chambers of commerce and other trade associations, - agencies responsible for skills validation, - lifelong-learning research centres and entities, - associations and representatives of those involved in VET, - guidance, consultancy, and information service providers linked to lifelong learning, - public and private funders. Consortium composition Only consortia are eligible. To be considered eligible, a consortium must include an applicant (coordinator) and at least one co-applicant from another EU Member State than the coordinator. Each consortium must involve at least one public or private legal entity as a coordinator, beneficiary or as an associated partner which is a potential co-funder of further implementation of the innovative approach to be scaled-up or replicated (ESF+ Managing Authority or Intermediate Body, a foundation, etc.). The application must clearly indicate the role of such institution as a potential co-funder. Duration Up to 24 months . ‍ Budget The estimated size of grant: between 200 000 EUR and 700 000 EUR per project (but this does not preclude the submission/selection of applications requesting other amounts), constituting not more than 80% of the project’s total budget. A co-financing of at least 20% must thus come from other resources than the EU budget. Contact For any queries, please contact Lithuanian European Social Fund Agency (ESFA).
  • EURES Targeted Mobility Scheme
    Deadline 6 June 2024, 5:00 PM, Brussels time Application link EU Funding & Tenders Portal (europa.eu) Call overview This call aims to support employment by endorsing and promoting the implementation of tailor-made employment services that ensure quality working conditions. Call detail The overall objective of this call for proposals is to ensure around 4 000 placements for mobile jobseekers, in particular of young people. The action targets the filling of hard-to-fill vacancies and labour shortages as identified in national/EU labour market studies or other data sources. The action, being strongly result-oriented, may contribute to: a) addressing labour market needs, in particular tackling labour markets' imbalances, as well as labour and skills shortages; b) improving the conditions for jobseekers and workers to exercise their right of freedom of movement across the EU; c) filling of hard-to-fill vacancies (in the form of either jobs, traineeships or apprenticeships), notably where specific labour shortages have been identified; d) enhancing the service catalogue of the EURES organisations; e) fostering public-private partnerships within EURES. The EURES Targeted Mobility Scheme (TMS) constitutes a European-level labour market measure designed to address labour shortages and hard-to-fill vacancies. It combines tailor-made recruitment, matching, training, and placement services with financial incentives. Support measures may vary based on labour market needs and their analysis. They should include provisions for interviews in another EU/EEA country, relocation, linguistic training, recognition of qualifications, as well as recruitment support. The end beneficiaries may include job changers, job/traineeship/apprenticeship seekers, and recruiting businesses, including SMEs, who may receive direct financial support through targeted allowances. Activities funded The activities will encompass the provision of direct services to jobseekers and employers, including: − information, matching, recruitment and placement; This may include innovative approaches and matching/recruitment methods to identify and reach individuals with particular skills, qualifications or profiles in line with the needs of specific labour sectors affected by labour shortages, in identified geographical area. − pre- and post-placement support (e.g., profiling and pre-selection of jobseekers, assessment of training needs and skills development, providing interview preparation support, offering information and assistance, addressing challenges that may arise during the early stages of employment, regular monitoring and assessing the performance and satisfaction of placed individuals and employers). − direct financial support to jobseekers to contribute to interview and relocation trip expenses, language training, and recognition of qualifications. − direct financial support to SMEs for training programmes for newly recruited individuals. Eligibility In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: − be legal entities (public or private bodies), − be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e. EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs) or non-EU countries which are listed EEA countries associated to the ESF+ (list of participating countries). In addition to above-mentioned eligibility requirements: o Coordinators (lead applicants) must be no profit entities, listed in the following categories: − EURES National Coordination Offices, − EURES members or EURES partners which are placed in organisations whose main mission is to ensure the provision of employment and placement services to jobseekers, job changers, trainee/apprentice jobseekers and employers covering jobs and/or work-based trainings. Those services must include information, recruitment, matching and pre and post-placement support. • Co-applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities listed in the following categories: − EURES member organisations (i.e. National Coordination Offices, EURES Members and Partners), − Public or private labour market actors (including the third sector) providing services from the range of services provided by lead applicants and/or complementary customer-oriented services in other expertise fields such as information, training, education, career guidance, mentoring, legal advice, integration support or other equivalent. Consortium composition Only consortia are eligible. Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least two applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities). Those 2 beneficiaries must be EURES Member/Partner organisations established in at least two different EU/EEA Countries. Duration Projects are expected to have a duration of 24 months. Extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment. Budget Project budgets (maximum grant amount) are expected to range between EUR 2 million and EUR 6 million per project. This does not however preclude the submission/selection of proposals requesting other amounts. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.
  • Innovative Approaches to Mitigate the Societal Consequences of Russia’s War of Aggression Against Ukraine within EU Countries
    Deadline 30 May 2024, 5:00 PM, Brussels time Application link https://www.esf.lt/en/innovative-approaches-to-mitigate-the-societal-consequences-of-russias-war-of-aggression-against-ukraine-within-eu-countries/1373 Call document https://www.esf.lt/data/public/uploads/2024/01/2024-01-ua-call-conditions.pdf Call overview This call addresses challenges faced by societies and public services in the EU Member States and supports the integration and social inclusion of people who have fled Ukraine.   Call detail In line with the key objectives of the ESF+ Social Innovation + Initiative, this call aims to promote transnational cooperation and mutual learning between the EU Member State. It promotes the development of innovative approaches to societal challenges that empower citizens and improve our societies and welfare systems. By fostering the transfer and upscaling of social innovation, the call aims to contribute to the dissemination of proven successful models and invites to transform pressing social problems into opportunities. The call will support transnational projects which aim at transferring or scaling up of social innovations and contribute to the following objectives:  Integration and social inclusion of people who have fled Ukraine. Projects under this objective are expected to propose a multi-layered approach to the integration of refugees in host countries across the EU, including tailored solutions in areas like employment, skills, housing, and access to social and care services.  Mitigation of the consequences of the crisis on Member States’ societies and their public services. Projects under this objective are expected to develop innovative models for addressing broader challenges, such as tackling energy poverty, easing the purchasing power crisis, and developing more inclusive social services. Activities funded Applicants can propose the activities best suited to pursue the outputs of this Call in their specific context. Applicants should justify how the proposed activities contribute to the expected objectives of the Call - integration and social inclusion of refugees fleeing Ukraine and/or mitigation of the consequences of the crisis on Member States’ societies and their public services. Project activities should: - be instrumental for achieving the objectives; - be linked to the outputs set out in the call document; - demonstrate a long-term vision and include mechanisms for further transfer/upscaling; - build the capacity of key stakeholders to implement a new approach/model. Eligibility Legal entities established and registered in the EU Member States are eligible as applicants or co-applicants and associated partners. Applicants, co-applicants, and associated partners can be: Non-governmental and non-for-profit entities (e.g., civil society organisations, associations, foundations, social enterprises, etc.). National, local, and regional authorities. Public entities (e.g., agencies, organisations, centres, etc.). Research and education institutions. Private companies (including consultancy and service providers). Consortium composition Only consortia are eligible.    To be considered eligible, the consortium must include an applicant (the coordinator) and at least one co-applicant. The members of the consortium shall represent at least two different EU Member States.  Duration 12-18 months . ‍ Budget The estimated size of a grant is between EUR 200 000 to EUR 700 000 per project (but this does not preclude the submission/selection of applications requesting other amounts), constituting not more than 80% of the project’s total budget. A co-financing of at least 20% must thus come from other resources than the EU budget. Contact For any queries, please contact Lithuanian European Social Fund Agency (ESFA).
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