Following an Open Call process in 2016, €5.2 million was made available to 18 projects to be delivered in a three-year period in multiple locations across Ireland by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), locally based community groups, and others, who were successful following an open Call for Proposals under the European Social Fund 2014-2020.
Under the European Social Fund, funding of €4 million over three years was made available for initiatives targeted at women currently detached from the labour market, but wish to take up paid employment. €1.2 million was made available for projects to support women’s entrepreneurship.
The gender equality projects support women’s entrepreneurship and participation in the workforce through a range of training and mentoring initiatives.
Examples of the gender equality projects selected for funding include:
- A Dublin-based project to assist women who are lone parents onto pathways to sustainable employment.
- A project in counties Galway and Mayo to provide training and mentoring to women who wish to start their own business.
- A project in counties Cavan and Monaghan to give job skills training and work placement opportunities to women who are outside the workforce.
Integration and Employment of Migrants
Under the 2016 Call, Proposals were also sought under the Integration and Employment of Migrants priority area of the ESF.
Grants totaling €3.3 million to promote integration and the employment of migrants were awarded to a total of 5 projects that would aim to increase the employability of migrants who may be experiencing barriers to entering the labour market here. The projects were to be delivered in a four-year period in multiple locations across Ireland by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), locally based community groups, and others, who were successful following an open Call for Proposals for funding under the European Social Fund 2014 - 2020.
Examples of the integration and employment of migrants projects selected for funding include:
- A Dublin-based project to assist migrants to raise their skills and help them find employment and employment related training opportunities including work placement and mentoring.
- A nationwide project to migrants providing them with training focused on needs assessment, development of personalised action plan and job readiness training.
The Gender Equality and Integration and Employment of Migrants projects initiated throughout 2017 and are currently midway through their lifecycle. The EU Funds Unit continues to monitor and evaluate the progress of the projects.