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Employment policy project support

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

Employment policy project support is a form of funding through which an Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) may procure project-based services for an association, foundation, municipality or joint municipal authority.

The projects may vary. The TE Office may define, in connection with each application round, what kinds of activities or what target groups funding will be granted for. The central goal must be to increase employment of unemployed job seekers.

The activities receiving the funding may involve, for example:

  • arranging work opportunities for unemployed job seekers
  • support measures to increase employment (for example, small-scale training, job searching, job couching activities) and also
  • content-related development of services and operating models.

The grant can also be granted to an association to form a social enterprise or for seeking to access the possibilities for establishing a social enterprise. The legislation about the definition,registering and terms for registering of social enterprises is in the law of social enterprises (1351/2003).

The TE Office gives notice, through its communication channels of choice, that the employment policy project support is open for public application. The TE Office's application dates, as well as the guidelines and emphases for supported activities, can be seen on the TE Office web pages. Activities taking place over multiple TE Office areas are also possible, in which case the funding is granted by either one or multiple TE Offices.

The applications for payment are handled by the KEHA-Centre (the development and administration centre for the ELY Centres and TE Offices).

Do the following

The funding is applied electronically.

  1. Apply for employment policy project support online in the regional government e-service.
  2. Carefully fill out the application. Incomplete applications will prolong the processing time.
  3. Attach the required attachments to the application.
  4. If you are asked for additional information submit the requested supplements by the given deadline or negotiate an extension with the TE Office.
  5. All information and documents concerning the processing of your matter, including the funding decision, will be sent to your personal service account once the matter has been concluded.

How to apply for an advance funding payment and payment in the e-service

  1. Apply for an advance funding payment and payment in accordance with the funding decision.
  2. Fill out and submit the payment application in the Payments tab of the Regional administration e-service.
  3. Attach the required attachments to the application.

For more information on applying for a funding payment, visit the Development and Administration Centre's website.

You can apply for the payment and advance payment of the Employment policy project support at the KEHA-Centre (the development and administration centre for the ELY Centres and TE Offices) by using a printable form. You can also submit the applications online by attaching them to ELY Centres' general transaction form.

To whom and on what terms

The employment policy support is discretionary. A maximum of 100% of the total costs approved by the TE Office may be granted to an association and foundation and up to 50% of approved total costs for municipalities and joint municipal authorities.

The amount is effected by the content of the project, the customers involved in the project and the customer's need for personal support and guidance.

Funding may be granted for a maximum period of three years. The TE Office always makes the decisions about the amount of funding to be granted for one calendar year at a time. The condition for continued funding in later years is that the activities remain in line with the funding decision. The funding beneficiary is subject to reporting requirements.

Funding cannot be granted for business activities or their promotion. However, employment policy project support may be granted to groups or organisations seeking to establish a social enterprise or solidify its operations, as well as groups or organisations whose purpose is to examine the possibilities of establishing a social enterprise. Social enterprises may only receive funding for the costs of establishing or solidifying operations only for the period over which the establishment and solidification of activities is estimated to last.

For social enterprises or other groups or organisations (excluding municipalities and joint municipal authorities) that are seeking to access the possibilities for establishing a social enterprise, funding may be granted up to a maximum of 75% of TE-approved total costs.

Funding cannot be granted to projects which are not connected to the TE services offered to individual customers. Employment policy project support is not granted for services that are offered as public labour force services or public business services.

Furthermore, funding may not be used for the provision or procurement of such services that the municipality or joint municipal authority is obliged by law to provide. Funding is not granted for investments, nor for procurement costs of equipment nor for rental costs.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byTE Office, Development and Administration centre for ELY Centres and TE Offices
Other responsible organisationsDevelopment and Administration centre for ELY Centres and TE Offices, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Lapland TE Office, Pirkanmaa TE Office, Pohjois-Savo TE Office, Uusimaa TE Office, Kaakkois-Suomi TE Office, Häme TE Office, Keski-Suomi TE Office, Satakunta TE Office, Pohjois-Karjala TE Office, Kainuu TE Office, Etelä-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Etelä-Savo TE Office, Varsinais-Suomi TE Office, Pohjanmaa TE Office
Responsible for the serviceTE Office
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: TE Office
Updated: 24/2/2022