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The Call for the successor for the ESCF has now been published. This new fund will be called the European Social Innovation Catalyst Fund and will designed to ensure adequate financial support for replicating and scaling demonstrably successful social innovations in service of the five EU Missions. 

1. Adaptation to Climate Change 
2. Cancer 
3. Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities 
4. Ocean, Seas, and Waters 
5. Soil Health and Food 

The EU contribution under the Horizon Europe Research and Innovations Programme will be €30 million to represent 25% of the costs of replication and scaling relevant proven social innovations.

Funders interested in investing in the replication and scaling of social innovations to meet objectives that align with those of the 5 EU Missions who would like to explore participation in the ESICF -  including foundations, public authorities and private investors  - should contact 


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The European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) is a new initiative designed to have significant impact on some of Europe’s most pressing social challenges. The objective of the ESCF is to bring together public and private resources to improve social services to enable people who need support to live as valued and participating members of their communities. The ESCF will provide financial and capacity building support to develop plans to scale proven social service innovations.

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