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Fead - the Fund for the Most Deprived

FEAD is a new European fund for the 2014–2020 funding period. The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) supports EU countries' actions to provide the most deprived with material assistance or social inclusion measures, such as guidance and support to help people out of poverty.


The Swedish programme supports non-material assistance to the most deprived, in order to help them integrate better into society. Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany have also chosen this direction. The other member states have chosen to provide material assistance.


Sweden’s funds for FEAD amounts to 10 million euros (in current currency): 7.8 million euros from the EU and 1.2 million euros from the Swedish state. The funds aim to support socially excluded people, particularly non-economically active EU-EEA citizens staying in Sweden temporarily and without the right to assistance from the social services. The fund will also facilitate activities that promote the most deprived people’s knowledge of Swedish society, as well as activities that promote health and prevention of illnesses.


The number of participants planned for FEAD Sweden is 700 at a minimum. The total number count up to approximately 4000 individuals and the number of children accompanying their parents continues to rise.


Asylum seekers and newly arrived migrants from non-EU countries are not a part of FEAD’s target group since they are covered by laws regulating the asylum and integration process and financial allowances. Newly arrived migrants with a residence permit or EU citizens with a residence permit can instead be supported in projects within the Swedish European Social Fund.


FEAD focuses on two areas – social inclusion and health promotion


Social inclusion includes information such as:

  • guidance about where to find shelters, showers and toilets
  • rights and responsibilities in Sweden.


The information can be verbal or written and should be given in the languages of the participants.


Health promotion includes actions that should improve and prevent illness, such as support the participants to maintain their

  • personal hygiene
  • daily routines.


The projects are encouraged to inform, coordinate or implement actions together with other organisations.


Equal opportunities for all

The so-called horisontal principles should be an integral part of FEAD management and included in all projects – from planning, programming and implementing to monitoring and evaluation. These guiding principles are divided into gender equality, non-discrimination and accessibility.

  • Gender equality – equal opportunities for women and men.
  • Non-discrimination – no discrimination based on sex, race, ethnic origin, religion or creed, functional impairment, age or sexual orientation.
  • Accessibility – improved accessibility for people with functional impairments.


The Swedish ESF Council

The government has given the Swedish ESF Council the mission to manage FEAD during the programme period 2014-2020. The mission for 2015–2020 is to announce calls for project funding, monitor and evaluate the impact of the various projects. It is done in dialogue with the Ministry of Social Affairs. The National Board of Health and Welfare is appointed as preliminary evaluator. 


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