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Funding of Social Services


Social services require sufficient funding by public authorities (directly or indirectly) in order to provide quality services to persons with disabilities, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. To ensure the continuity, accessibility, adaptability and affordability of quality social services, the funding must be both sufficient but also designed in a way which allows them to provide quality services and decent jobs.

As a European organisation, EASPD works significantly with the EU to ensure its economic coordination (European Semester) and legal frameworks (Public Procurement and State Aid) play a facilitating role in designing the sector’s funding eco-system. The EU also has many funding programmes which also provide a variety of opportunities for many service providers, including the European Social Fund+, European Regional Development Fund, InvestEU, Creative Europe, Horizon Europe and the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Funding of Social Services

What EASPD is doing

EASPD is committed to:

  • Working to create enabling funding frameworks for support services
  • Improving the implementation of EU legislation in the field of public procurement and state aid
  • Promoting innovative funding frameworks to support the shift to the implementation of the UN CRPD; including personal budgets
  • Helping support services access and use EU funds to innovate and provide quality services.


The Helpdesk project needs to hear from our sector about the barriers which prevent EU funds being used by social services.

The main aim of the Helpdesk is to support social services to more easily access and better use EU funds and to help Managing Authorities use EU...

The HELPDESK project officially started on the 1st May. Its aim is to support social services in better accessing and using EU funds and to help...


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