50% subsidy for HR projects via the European Social Fund

28 August 2018 – In order to be well prepared for the future, organisations need to put in place an effective HR policy that guarantees the employability of their workforce. HR projects that promote sustainable employment are eligible for a 50% subsidy from the European Social Fund. Nearly all activities that relate to the recruitment, transfer and outflow of staff – in other words, most HR-related activities – come within this category.

Mazars is happy to help you

Our HR Services specialists are happy to advise you on how you can make use of this subsidy in order to develop your organisational and HR activities. We will work alongside you to put together a project plan, which our subsidy partner LEAP will then use so as to prepare the subsidy application for you (including the grant proposal). During previous submission windows, we were able to file successful applications for this subsidy on behalf of our clients. The projects listed below give you a good idea about the range of possibilities.

  • Development and implementation of HR policy and tools:
    In order to achieve ambitious growth targets, it was important for an expanding start-up to set up its HR function in a systematic way.
  • Embedding of a new organisational culture:
    To implement organisational change within an association, an intensive programme was put in place with a special focus on personal and team development.
  • Talent development:
    In order to retain employees’ loyalty and attention in a highly competitive market, a Talent Development programme was developed on the basis of findings emerging from an employee satisfaction survey.
  • Professionalisation of the HR structure:
    It was important for a company to professionalise its HR structure in order to improve its competitive position and achieve the desired growth.
  • Increasing transferability to improve efficiency:
    Following a takeover and a reorganisation, it was found that work processes were not optimally designed and the organisation had become vulnerable since there was no transferability between functionaries.

‘Sustainable Employability’ subsidy

Employers can receive a subsidy from the European Social Fund in order to carry out HR projects. The Sustainable Employability scheme covers the consultancy fee for an external HR consultant. In order to submit a subsidy application, the project budget has to be between € 12,000 and € 25,000, 50% of which is eligible for subsidy.
The following submission windows and subsidy limits apply:

  • 25 June 2018 (9 a.m.)–29 June 2018 (5 p.m.), subsidy limit € 15 million - This submission window is already closed.
  • 12 November 2018 (9 a.m.)–16 November 2018 (5 p.m.), subsidy limit € 15 million
  • 8 April 2019 (9 a.m.)–12 April 2019 (5 p.m.), subsidy limit € 15 million

We recommend that you submit your application in the first submission window. If your application is not taken into consideration due to the lower subsidy limit, it will be easier for you to resubmit in the next submission window.

Want to know more?

Would you like to know whether your project is eligible for subsidy or how you can go about improving the sustainable employability of your workforce? Feel free to contact Palmyra Fambach, HR Services Manager by email or by telephone: +31 (0)88 277 12 18. She will be happy to help you.

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