We have received a number of queries in relation to the European Social Catalyst Fund(ESCF) and application process. For the purposes of transparency, the FAQ section of the ESCF website lists the responses to all relevant queries received to date and will be regularly updated.


We are now inviting applications through the ESCF online application form. In order to apply you must complete the eligibility quiz and register your details.

Further Updates

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About the European Social Catalyst Fund

The ESCF is a new initiative designed to have significant impact on some of Europe’s most pressing social challenges. The objective of the ESCF is to bring together public and private resources to improve social services to enable people who need support to live as valued and participating members of their communities. The ESCF has been established and co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Genio (Ireland), the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany) and the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium).

The ESCF will provide financial and capacity building support to develop plans to scale proven social service innovations. It is anticipated that these plans will provide details of how public and private resources (philanthropy and/or social investment) can be brought together in a range of collaborations to help re-focus public spending in a more effective direction in the interest of European citizens. It is intended that during the project a further phase will be designed, based on learning obtained, which will include a focus on supporting implementation of plans to scale proven social service innovations.

Key dates

  • Launch: 16 January 2020
  • Applications close: 15 April 2020
  • Successful applications selected: 23 July 2020
  • Plan development: August 2020 – March 2021
  • Plans submitted: 25 March 2021

For further information contact info@socent.ie

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