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Guide to EU Funding on Migration and Asylum gives a quick and easy overview of EU funding opportunities for your organisation or institution.

Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund (AMIF) was set up for the period of 2014–2020 with a total of EUR 3.137 billion for the seven years. It will promote the efficient management of migration flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of a common Union approach to asylum and immigration.

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Internal Security Fund (ISF) was set up for the period of 2014–2020 with a total budget of EUR 3.8 billion for the seven years. The Fund will promote the implementation of the Internal Security Strategy, law enforcement cooperation, and the management of the Union’s external borders. The ISF is composed of two instruments, ISF Borders and Visa and ISF Police.

European Social Fund (ESF) is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs, and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people and all jobseekers. The ESF financing of EUR 10 billion a year is improving job prospects for millions of Europeans, in particular those who find it difficult to get work. Asylum seekers and refugees can be considered as an eligible group in three cases: (1) When they are legally able to participate in the labour market, (2) for vocational training actions, and (3) for actions concerning the education of their children

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EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty, and improving working conditions. The total budget for 2014–2020 is EUR 9.19 billion.

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) supports EU countries’ actions to provide material assistance to the most deprived. This includes food, clothing, and other essential items for personal use, such as shoes, soap, and shampoo. Material assistance needs to go hand in hand with social inclusion measures, such as guidance and support to help people out of poverty. The group of people to be targeted is identified at the national level, therefore, the eligibility of asylum seekers depends on the way Member States define the type of assistance and who may benefit from this fund. Over €3.8 billion are earmarked for the FEAD for the 2014–2020 period.

Justice Programme is dedicated to further development of the European area of justice based on mutual recognition and mutual trust. The budget of the Programme is EUR 378 million. It promotes: judicial cooperation in civil matters, including civil and commercial matters, insolvencies, family matters and successions, etc.; judicial cooperation in criminal matters; judicial training, including language training in legal terminology, with a view to fostering a common legal and judicial culture; effective access to justice in Europe, including rights of victims of crime and procedural rights in criminal proceedings; initiatives in the field of drugs policy.

Creative Europe programme safeguards and promotes Europe’s cultural and linguistic diversity, the product of centuries of cross-cultural interaction, influences, and migration. The different funding schemes encourage the audio-visual, cultural, and creative players to operate across Europe, to reach new audiences and to develop the skills needed in the digital age.

Europe for Citizens is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the EU, its history, diversity, and values as well as helping people become more engaged in civic and democratic activities. Within the specific priorities for 2016–2020, the programme will also focus on combatting stigmatisation of immigrants and building counter narratives to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding.

Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme shall contribute to further development of an area where equality and the rights of persons, as enshrined in the Treaty, the Charter, and international human rights conventions, are promoted and protected. The budget for 2014–2020 is EUR 439 million.

The European Union’s Erasmus+ programme  is a funding scheme to support activities in the fields of Education, Training, Youth, and Sport. The Programme is made up of three so-called ‘Key Actions’ and two additional actions. They are managed partly at the national level by National Agencies and partly at the European level by the EACEA. To find out more about the funding opportunities in Lithuanian, click here.

EU Health Programme supports the overall Europe 2020 strategy to turn the EU into a smart, sustainable, and inclusive economy promoting growth for all by investing in the good health of its population. The total budget for the programme is € 449.4 million.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims at strengthening the competitiveness of regional companies and development of innovation. It also provides support to intermediate and research organisations and small and medium-sized businesses. The ERDF also supports social, health, education, housing, and childcare infrastructure. Three thematic objectives are especially relevant for the support of migrants: (1) promoting employment, (2) promoting social inclusion, combating poverty and discrimination and (3) investing in education, training, and vocational training for skills and lifelong learning. To find out more about the opportunities of funding in Lithuania, click here.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation investment programme ever, with nearly EUR 80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Its main priorities are to ensure scientific research results, develop leadership in industry and technology, overcome the society’s most pressing challenges, and secure Europe’s global competitiveness. For more information about the implementation of the programme in Lithuania, click this link.

EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment. The EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 are set up to contribute to the reduction of social and economic disparities in Europe. EUR 60 million has been set aside for projects under this Fund. The target group of the Fund is young people between 15 and 29, with a special focus on 25–29-year-olds (asylum seekers making a separate focus group).

Nordplus Programme offers financial support to a variety of educational cooperation between partners in the area of lifelong learning from the eight participating countries in the Baltic and Nordic regions. In 2017–2018 Nordplus encourages applications aiming at integration of refugees and immigrants in education and training within all sectors and for all Nordplus programmes.

More information available here (in Lithuanian).

European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), an initiative currently involving 14 Partner Foundations and 11 associated Foundations, has the goal of strengthening the role the civil society plays in advocating for constructive approaches to migration in Europe. This is done through grant-making, capacity development and networking.