The European Social Fund ESF Plus
As the European Union (EU)’s main funding instrument for employment, education and welfare, the European Social Fund Plus (ESF Plus) is above all else an investment in people.
How Hamburg benefits from ESF Plus Funding
Hamburg uses ESF Plus funding for projects that support education, training and social inclusion among a diverse range of groups. The projects also help people develop the skills that are needed for the transition to a green, digital economy.
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg can use ESF Plus funding to address long-term challenges, such as meeting the demand for highly skilled workers or preventing poverty and entrenched unemployment among at-threat groups.
In Hamburg, the use of EU funds makes a major contribution to implementing current plans and trategies of the Senate (Executive power of the Hamburg government) and Bürgerschaft (Hamburg State Parliament).
How Hamburg benefits from REACT-EU Funding
The Hamburg Senate is also using REACT-EU funding to alleviate the impact of Covid-19. The funds are mainly targeted at groups who have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Until 2023 Hamburg has an extra €24.9 million at its disposal to support people whose job prospects have been negatively affected by the pandemic.