Total Budget: €919,47 million

Thematic Categories: Social Affairs and Human Rights, Labor Market, Entrepreneurship

Beneficiaries: Education and Training Centres, State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Association / Trade Union, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Public Services, Other

Link: https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1081

Standard Eligibility Conditions;

The EURES axis of EaSI is open to: national, regional and local authorities; employment services; social partner organisations and other interested parties. To apply for funding, eligible organisations must respond to a call for tender or/and to a call for proposals.

Microfinance axis of the EASI programme does not directly finance entrepreneurs, but enables selected microcredit providers in the EU to increase lending, by issuing guarantees, thereby sharing the providers’ potential risk of loss. To apply find out if there are already microcredit providers in your country. To be able to use the micro loan if applicant ;

  • want to become self-employed or set up/develop a microenterprise (fewer than ten employees), particularly a social enterprise
  • are unemployed
  • have taken time out of the labour market
  • have difficulty getting conventional credit (because you’re: female, considered too young or too old, a member of a minority group, or you have a disability, etc.).

The PROGRESS axis of EaSI is open to all public and/or private bodies, actors and institutions, and in particular:

  • national, regional and local authorities;
  • employment services;
  • specialist bodies provided for under Union law;
  • the social partners;
  • non-governmental organisations;
  • higher education institutions and research institutes;
  • experts in evaluation and in impact assessment;
  • national statistical offices;
  • the media.

To apply for funding, eligible organisations must respond to a call for tender or/and to a call for proposals.

Additional Information: No time constrains and no determined project budget. Pre-Financing option is valid depending on the duration of the project unless otherwise it is stated in project proposal (Please refer “Financial Guidelines for Applicants) Priority fields of the year can be found in annual work programme

Tips for Applicants; Actions co-financed under the EaSI programme can also constitute a solid baseline to activities developed under the Horizon 2020 programme. EaSI complemented actions of other EU-level programmes especially the ESF and Erasmus +. There is a good chance of upscaling the project previously funded under EaSI. EaSI Financial Instrument is complementary to other existing initiatives rather than overlapping such as COSME Programme.