European Social Fund Access to Employment
Match funding requirements
The European Social Fund is used where no other funding can be obtained (the funder of last resort) and the maximum ESF intervention rate is 50 per cent.
This means ESF can contribute up to 50 per cent of the total eligible project costs, subject to State Aid regulations.
The remaining 50 per cent or more must come from other eligible sources.
This call is to support activity which tackles barriers to labour market entry with an holistic approach.
It will link to, and work in tandem with, the activity being taken forward under the Southampton and Portsmouth City Deal agreement to provide a comprehensive programme of support across the entire Solent Local Enterprise Partnership area.
The combined programme will create a Solent jobs programme concentrating support in areas of high deprivation and unemployment. However, the programme will be open to all who meet the criteria.