For insuring sustainable employment

Funding under the Operational programs:

The largest additional source of financing are the EU Structural Funds through the respective Operational programme - Human Resources Development, Regional Development, Competitiveness, Transport and others. The missing investment resources that the state budget cannot provide could be financed under the new operational programs and that ensure a sustainable social services provision.

The best approach is consumer- oriented financing, which guarantees to every vulnerable person access to support services, in realizing the right to choose the service provider. One of the most modern methods of financing is the principle “money to follow the client” according with the principle of transparency and efficiency in the utilization of financial resources.

For projects related to employment, social affairs and social inclusion, the European Commission provides funding under the following programs:

EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation

EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation is a European financial instrument managed directly by the European Commission, aimed at promoting employment, social policies and labor mobility in the Union.

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF)

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund provides support to people losing their jobs as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalization, to find another job as quickly as possible.

The Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD)

With resources from FEAD are supported activities in the EU countries to provide material support to the most deprived persons. The national authorities choose partner organizations which will provide the aid on the basis of national programs for the period 2014– 2020.

In 2016 the following operations that are included in the Indicative Annual Work Programme for 2015 will be opened through the selection procedure for projects:

  1. "New Workplace 2015"
  2. "Training for employees"
  3. "Good and safe working conditions"
  4. "Danube partnerships for jobs and growth"



Specific country aspects- Austria

The funding rules and opportunities in the particular provinces are various and depending on the respective federal state. Here the focus is on the opportunities of the province of Styria.

Public Employment Service Austria - Funding opportunities in terms of:

  • costs for training measures
  • supplementary aid for covering living costs during the training measures

Conditions: necessary retraining-measures, jobseekers or unemployment (independent if disabled or not)

Ministry of Social Affairs Service Office - Funding opportunities in terms of:

  • workplace-related equipment for PwD
  • Adaptation and installment of workplaces for PwD for potential employers
  • Free support services for PwD (job coaching, work assistance, …)
  • Costs for special training measures

Conditions: People with disabilities/ illness who are in work or available for the labour market and have a degree of disability of 50 percent (proof: e.g. notice on belonging to the group of people with disabilities in receipt of benefits in accordance with the Disabled People Employment Act or the provincial Disability Laws)


Specific country aspects- Spain

At the regional level:

In the region of Valencia funding opportunities focus on:

  1. Special Employment Centres (Maintenance the Job of PWD)
  • Wage costs Aid PWD
  • Aids for the job adaptation
  1. B) Ordinary Business Market: Support Program contracting indefinite recruitment of workers with disabilities
  • Assistance for Contracting Indefinite
  • Aids for the job adaptation


At national level:

Support Program contracting indefinite recruitment of workers with disabilities.


Specific country aspects- Turkey

Within the context of the Cooperation Protocol signed between General Directorate of Services for Persons with Disabilities Elderly People and KOSGEB (Small and Medium Industry Development Organization) a joint project has been initiated with the title of: “ENTERPRENEURS STOP AT NO BARRIERS”. The Project aims to integrate persons with disabilities into labor market and thus enhance their economic and social conditions.

At the first phase of the project, it is expected to ensure participation of persons with disabilities to Applied Entrepreneurship Trainings organized by KOSGEB, to provide coaching support at the stage of business establishment and to subsidize entrepreneurs with KOSGEB New Entrepreneur Assistance serving as initial capital.

The Project was initiated in the provinces chosen as pilot areas, it is open to participation of all persons with disabilities and their relatives even if they are retired, public officials, employed, unemployed or operating a private workplace. Persons who complete courses are counselled and supported by experienced coaches. Within the scope of the Project, applications assessed to have the potential of creating a suitable working environment in current labor market conditions will be awarded with maximum 50.000 Turkish Liras (approx. 15.000 Euro).

With the purpose of increasing awareness and sensitivity and preventing disability, a Programme titled “Support Programme for Persons with Disabilities” (EDES) was initiated in 11 provinces located in Central and Eastern Black Sea Regions where the disability rate is the highest in Turkey. Within the scope of this programme, financial resources were allocated to offices of the governors in order to support disability focused projects. The resource allocated to EDES doubled in 2012 and increased to 4.000.000 TL (approx. 2 Million USD). EDES will cover 18 provinces in 2013.

The project on “Improved Integration of Disabled Persons into Society” was prepared under the framework of IPA-1 programme (capacity building). The overall objective of grant scheme is strengthening disability NGO’s and public institutions rendering disability services. The Project will grant 2 Million Euros to capacity building projects prepared by 23 civil society organizations.

 “Sheltered Workshop Project” was developed by General Directorate of Services for Persons with Disabilities and Elderly People and Turkish Employment Agency (ISKUR) with the purpose of providing working environment for persons with severe disabilities who face restrictions in working in general conditions. The Project gives financial support to employment projects aimed at persons with mental, psychological or emotional disabilities and prepared by public institutions, universities, educational institutions and organizations, associations, unions, or trade bodies. With the help of the financial support that can amount up to 150.000 Turkish Liras (approx. 75.000 USD) funded by fines imposed to workplaces violating quota scheme, sheltered workplaces had the opportunity to employ workers with disabilities without the burden of paying salary for 1 year after the date of establishment.