Employment and Social Innovation Programme – Technical Assistance Services

The European Commission seeks expressions of interest from social enterprise finance intermediaries wishing to improve relevant aspects of their operations, performance and governance, with a view to boosting their institutional capacity.

This includes social enterprise finance providers (such as banks, public and private investment funds, Fund-of-Funds or (co-) investment schemes); impact investors keen to address in the future the market segment of the EaSI Guarantee for social enterprises (i.e. investments of up to EUR 500 000); social enterprise support organisations (such as incubators, accelerators) that offer accompanying financial support; and social enterprise support organisations (such as incubators, accelerators) that are in the process of widening their scope with a view to providing accompanying financial support to social enterprises.

The selected organisations will be entitled to receive technical assistance services, free of charge. Two strands of support services will be offered: (1) Provision of targeted capacity building services; and (2) Exchange and dissemination of good practices in the European social enterprise finance sector.

Services will be performed by a consortium of service providers on behalf of the European Commission. The lead partner of the consortium is the European Center for Social Finance at the Munich Business School.

NOTE: This is an open-ended call for expressions of interest, with no deadline for applications. However, after having received a number of 20 applications or 2 months after the publication of the call (11 April 2019), the European Commission will start organising the delivery of the technical assistance services. The European Commission can decide to close the Call for Expressions of Interest at any time. An announcement will be published on the webpage of the call 2 weeks before the call will be closed.