Call for proposals 2021 - Operating grants to support networks active in the areas of social enterprise finance and microfinance ESF-2021-OG-NETW-MF-SE-SGA Closed!


The activities of the applicant should contribute to the following main objectives:

  • Support the Commission in its outreach activities and its mission at EU, national and local levels, in order to increase awareness about, and enable the implementation of, EU policies and funding in the area covered by the call.
  • Reinforce the capacity of the network's members, including through offering a platform for the exchange of good practices, and raising their awareness about relevant EU policies.
  • Provide input for policy design and implementation in the area of the call, by voicing the concerns and expectations of social enterprises, microenterprises and their support organisations/ financial intermediaries in the various European countries.
  • Provide data / research on developments in the field of microfinance or social enterprise finance, which can serve as input for evidence-based policy making at EU, national and local levels. The focus can be put on broad overviews as well as on specific niche topics related to the field.


This call will support networks at EU level whose activities contribute to the implementation of the above-mentioned objectives, priorities and initiatives. The types of activities which may be funded under this call for proposals include:

  • Analytical activities, such as (i) the collection of data and statistics, the development of common methodologies and, where appropriate, policy analyses and recommendations; (ii) the monitoring and assessment of relevant legislation, policies and practices; (iii) studies, researches, analyses and surveys;
  • Capacity building activities, such as trainings, workshops, seminars, train-the-trainer events and the development of training modules and online training tools;
  • Actions aiming at the creation and improving of networks, mutual learning, cooperation, awareness-raising and dissemination activities, such as (i) the identification of, and exchanges on, good practices, innovative approaches and experiences; (ii) the organisation of peer reviews and mutual learning; (iii) the organisation of conferences, seminars, media campaigns, information campaigns; (iv) the compilation and publication of materials to disseminate information about the EU initiatives and their results; (v) regular information on EU initiatives and funding (e.g. newsletters and mailings); (vi) the development, operation and maintenance of systems and tools using information and communication technologies, development of web pages or a helpdesk for members and stakeholders.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 1,60 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 30 September 2021 - 22 days ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

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