European funding

There is a big pool of funding available to voluntary organisations and social enterprises from the European Union (EU) that can often be overlooked. But with the right amount of time and planning devoted to the process, EU funding can work out as an invaluable source of funding. But where do you start?

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

ESIF is the main funding stream for voluntary and community organisations. The current programme runs from 2014-20 and in England there will be over six billion Euros available.

Find out about the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF)

Other EU funding

There's also EU funding available directly from the European Commission and other sources.

Find out about other EU funding

New to the EU?

"Through Funding Central we secured funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to enable us to run an employability and motivation course for young people in the area with few or no qualifications. This was extremely successful and 60% of those young people went on to find employment."
Leanne Hawley, Funding Central user

What you need to explore before you apply

See all our EU funding tools and resources

Remember in the EU the voluntary and community sector is mainly referred to as civil society organisations or non-governmental organisations (NGO’s).

Search for EU funding

Once you have worked through our guides search for EU funding opportunities on Funding Central

In partnership with European Funding Network

The content in this section is provided by NCVO's European Funding Network

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