The call is titled “Social Innovations for the Upskilling of Vulnerable Youth, Especially Young People not in Employment, Education, or Training (NEETs) (ESF-SI-2023-SKILLS-01). By supporting transnational cooperation, the ESF+ SI+ Initiative aims to expand the best practices in various fields, including employment, education, skills, and social inclusion across Europe.
Objectives of the call:
- Fostering 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.
- Skills development of vulnerable youth (i.e. young people from 15 to 29 who have difficulties accessing work or training for individual or structural reasons, e.g. poverty, social exclusion, disability, long-term unemployment, insufficient school performance or vocational skills, migration background etc.) and in particular NEETs, by re-engaging them into learning and aiming at their (re-)integration into the labour market.
The transnational projects should focus on:
- Further development of innovative approaches to effective outreach, learning models and skills activation in the labour market;
- Targeting vulnerable young people;
- Making the project successful by combining the essential elements as the core of the project.
The call has an estimated budget of EUR 9 million and the indicative expected grant amount is between EUR 200 000 and EUR 700 000 per project (not precluding the submission/selection of applicants requesting other amounts). The EU grant should constitute not more than 80% of the project’s total budget, meaning that a co-financing rate of 20% must come from other resources than the EU budget. The call uses a lump sum grant.
Who can apply?
Only consortia are eligible to apply. 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 entity as a coordinator, beneficiary or as associated partner that is a potential co-founder 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 indicate the role of such institution as potential co-founder.
The deadline for the submission is the 29th of February 2024. For more information, please visit the Lithuanian European Social Fund Agency’s website.
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