HELPDESK project

In A Nutshell

Fund

ESF+

Partnership

16 partners organsations

Main goal

Increase the use of ESF+ and ERDF

Context

As a result of the growing need for care and support characterising present time, demand for quality social services is constantly increasing. Despite their crucial role, it is widely acknowledged that, nowadays, social services are facing important challenges, such as chronic underfunding, staff shortages and challenges in transitioning to community-based and person-centred forms of services. EU funds, particularly ESF+ (European Social Fund Plus) and ERDF (the European Regional Development Fund), can create key opportunities to overcome these obstacles. However, too often social services struggle to benefit from these funds for 3 main reasons:

  1. shortage of knowledge and awareness around EU funds
  2. complexity of procedures for accessing and using EU funds
  3. lack of capacity in maximising the impact of these funds in the social services sector.

In addition to this, managing authorities often face difficulties in using EU funds to finance high quality social inclusion projects. The HELPDESK project aims to address and solve these issues and to offer concrete solutions to both social service providers and authorities.

Objectives

The HELPDESK Project will work towards three main objectives.

1.

Promoting capacity building and awareness raising about ESF+, ERDF & React EU (and other relevant EU funds) about how such funds can better support effective social services interventions.

2.

Facilitating and simplifying the use of and access to EU funds for social services.

3.

Facilitating exchange and cooperation between Managing Authorities, social services, and the European Commission (EC) to ensure that funding priorities are based on an assessment of social needs and target effective evidence-based social services interventions.

Target groups

Social
Services

Managing Authorities

Intermediate
Bodies

European Commission

HELPDESK Support

Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

HELPDESK Support

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.
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