NOS News•yesterday, 05:53
In the coming years, the Netherlands will receive 413 million euros from the European Social Fund (ESF) to support people in a vulnerable employment position and to combat poverty. The program that the Netherlands has for this has been approved by the European Commission. For the first time, the government is also making European money available for food aid.
The fund can be used to train workers and help people on benefits find a job. Of the 413 million euros, 270 million will go to municipalities and sector funds, which are responsible for further training and guidance on other work.
“We help employers to fill their vacancies. We also ensure an adequate supply of food for people who are in difficulties and we help children who grow up in poverty,” said Minister Schouten for Poverty Policy, Participation and Pensions. “Certainly in this time, when an increasing number of people are experiencing difficulties due to rising prices, these resources are very welcome.”
Food aid and toiletries
For the first time, European money is now also being made available for food aid and combating child poverty. It concerns an amount of almost 16 million euros, which is expected to be used for food aid from the beginning of next year. That money can also go to, for example, school supplies for children, menstrual products and other toiletries.
The funds from the ESF are intended for the period up to and including 2027. Non-profit organizations can submit grant applications from next month.