European Social Fund (ESF)

European Social Fund Scotland ESF is one of the five European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) which aims to restore and increase growth and ensure a job rich recovery while ensuring sustainable development, in line with the Europe 2020 objectives.

The 2014-2020 ESF programme is structured around specific themes, with large-scale funding allocations (minimum of €15million) known as Strategic Interventions (SIs) allocated to and administered by Lead Partners.

European Social Fund in Stirling

In 2015, Stirling Council as Lead Partner made applications to the Scottish Government as part of the 2014 – 2020 European Social Fund (ESF) Programme against two of these Strategic Intervention themes.  These were given approval in November 2015 and progressed to the second operational stage of the two-stage approval process.

Five operational applications have been submitted and approved by Scottish Government to deliver these Intervention as noted below:-

Stirling Skills and Employability Pipeline (SSEP)

  • Strategic Intervention Management (Internal service provision)
  • Stirling Enhanced Youth Services (Internal service provision)
  • Skills & Employability Pipeline Pipeline External Challenge Fund

Tackling Poverty & Social Exclusion in Stirling (TPSES)

  • Stirling Enhanced Advice Services (Internal service provision)
  • Tackling Poverty & Social Exclusion in Stirling External Challenge Fund


As part of the Strategic interventions we would like to invite applications for Third Party organisations to delivery activity through each of the Challenge Funds.

The proposal is that Challenge Fund allocations will be for a period of up to 2 years with a flexible start date but a final end date no later than 31 December 2018.

Organisations are not limited to applying to a single Challenge Fund but care should be taken that each programmes' outcomes and financial information are discrete and separate.

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