The FEAD contributes to the fight against poverty and social exclusion as one of the targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
The aim of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) in Germany is to support the social cohesion and social integration of persons at risk of poverty and social exclusion. The FEAD thus contributes to the fight against poverty and social exclusion as one of the targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The Fund has been newly introduced for the 2014-2020 funding period. It was officially launched in Germany on 22 February 2016 at a kick-off meeting with some 200 guests in Berlin.
Who can get FEAD support?
The FEAD supports people in Germany who are affected by poverty and have no or only insufficient access to the counselling and support services in the regular assistance system. These are:
- Especially deprived newly arrived Union citizens
- Children of especially deprived newly arrived Union citizens
- Homeless people and people at risk of homelessness
The FEAD is an important instrument to help municipalities to face up to the challenges resulting from the increasing immigration of Union citizens from other EU states.
A small share of the newly arrived Union citizens and the newly arrived children of Union citizens suffers from particularly harsh personal circumstances. In their countries of origin, their lives were dominated by poverty and social exclusion. And also in Germany, social integration is hard to achieve. Many of them have poor language skills, no or little school education or vocational training, they suffer from health problems or problematic living conditions.
The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs cooperates with the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth to ensure better access to early education and social care offers for newly arrived children.
Another target group is homeless people and people threatened by homelessness. Reference to them is made in the Federal Government's Report on Poverty and Wealth, in particular. They have been affected by the problem of no or insufficient access to the regular assistance system for quite some time which is above all due to the fact that apart from their living conditions, they are burdened with further problems.
How does the FEAD help? What activities are eligible for support?
The FEAD acts as a bridge between the target groups and the existing range of support and counselling services in the regular assistance system. Funding is granted for additional posts, especially for outreach work counsellors and in local counselling centres. They will help those affected get access to existing offers, for example language courses or medical counselling. Children of EU immigrants will be brought into early education and social care services such as child day-care facilities or other pre-school or leisure-time offers. This priority area is implemented in close co-operation with the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.
On the part of project providers, there is an obligation for municipalities to cooperate with non-governmental welfare institutions or other non-profits. This will make the projects more transparent and efficient.
Purely material benefits cannot be funded by the FEAD.
An essential prerequisite for support is the conclusion of a cooperation agreement between municipalities and non-governmental welfare institutions or other non-profits.
The FEAD attaches particular importance to the equal treatment of men and women and the prevention of any kind of discrimination.
Financial framework conditions
The financial volume for the whole funding period amounts to roughly € 93 million. In a first funding round 65 per cent of the funds will be spent to support 83 EHAP-Projects. An EU funding rate of 85 per cent will be topped up by the Federal government by another 10 per cent so that potential project providers will bear five per cent of the cost.
Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales
EHAP - Verwaltungsbehörde