I’m writing to let you know of an extension to the deadline for applications to the European Social Catalyst Fund and consequent rescheduling of all key dates. The new deadline for applications is 11th September 2020. Please download the updated call for applications or visit www.euscf.eu/apply. The full list of revised key dates are also listed below.

Now, more than ever, we need to identify ways of bringing together public and private resources (philanthropy and/or social investment) in a range of collaborations to help re-focus public spending in a more effective, evidence-based direction in the interest of European citizens.The spread of the COVID-19 virus across Europe and globally impacts everyone regardless of age, gender, race or wealth. However, our most vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens are most at risk and likely to be worst effected post-crisis due to significant strains on our economies, resources and services.

The European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) is poised to meet this challenge by finding the best evidence-based innovations to reach those in need in several areas across Europe. In this context, we have extended the deadline for applications to the ESCF, acknowledging the challenges and pressures that so many across Europe are currently experiencing. This will also allow more time for recognising and reflecting on what are appropriate and creative responses to the emerging changes in all our lives going forward, especially in the social economy.

Please note: The only change to the ESCF is that the timeline has been extended. The same eligibility and evaluation criteria still apply. Further to a number of queries we would like to highlight that the requirement for audited financial statements for the previous 2 years and completed declaration that they do not have any ‘going concern’ issues’  will only be requested from shortlisted applications. In recognition that there are slight variations in financial regulations within different countries, equivalent available documentation to audited financial statements will be considered, which are in-line with the financial regulations of the lead applicant’s country.

There are a number of frequently asked questions published on the ESCF website and we encourage you to review these.

Key dates

  • Applications close: 11 September 2020
  • Successful applications selected: 21 December 2020
  • Plan development:February 2021 – September 2021
  • Plans submitted: 30 September 2021


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