Grants for individuals - the state, nursing homes, Reykjavík city, Kópavogur and Seltjarnarnes

Amount of refund

Maximum refund per year increases for all grants (school, courses, travels) from 100.000 ISK to 130.000 ISK. if a member has full rights in the fund. Otherwise in proportion to their part-time employment for the last 12 months. Effective from January 1st, 2020, and applies for all invoices dated from that time.

Maximum refund per year for leisure grants is 30.000 ISK if a member has full rights in the fund. Otherwise in proportion to how much they have worked for the last 12 months.

It is never refunded more than 75% of the cost of the course. Book cost, cost for exams and school-/student association cost is not refunded.

The educational funds have agreed that up to 90% will be refunded of costs of job-related study/courses instead of 75%, in order to meet the current circumstances of the society. This includes studies purchased and invoices issued between July 1 and September 30, 2020, which meet the fund’s requirements.

Members who have paid continuously to the union for the last 3 years and have not received a refund from the fund can be entitled to a refund up to a maximum 390.000 ISK for one continuous job-related educational course according to the rules of the fund. Effective from January 1st, 2020, and applies for all invoices dated from that time, before the amount is 300.000 ISK.

It is to be noted that a member has 3 months to submit an application after he quits working. A refund is made for educational courses that began while the applicant paid to the union.

Exceptions to general rules:

Members who do not have Icelandic as their native language can apply up to 90% refund for Icelandic language courses after paying to the union for 1 month.

Members can apply up to 90% refund for job-related study.

Refunds for educational travels and excursions

Due to job-related educational travels abroad, a maximum of 130.000 ISK is granted, however never more than total expenses. The refund is granted every 3 years. Effective from January 1st, 2020, and applies for all invoices dated from that time, before the amount is 100.000 ISK.

Due to job-related educational travels domestically, a maximum of 35.000 ISK is granted, however never more than total expenses. The refund is granted every 2 years.

The supervisor’s goals and estimation on how the trip will be useful for the applicant’s job, confirmation from the recipient and a copy of travel documents must accompany the application, see more here.

 

To receive a refund:

A member must have paid for 6 months in the last 24 months and have been a member when the course was paid. A member has 3 months to submit an application after he quits working.

 

The following documents must accompany the application:

An original invoice stating the union member’s name, study/course description, name and ID number/kennitala of the educator. If there is no confirmation of payment on the invoice, an additional confirmation of payment must be submitted, e.g. from internet bank or payment receipt from the relevant school/company.

Members who are registered with the Directorate of Labour (Vinnumálastofnun) must also submit a confirmation of the grant amount from the institution with the application.

The invoice may not be older than 12 months. 

Applications and inquiries can be sent to fraedslusjodur@efling.is

Flóamennt allocation rules
  1. Union member who has worked and paid premiums for 6 months in the last 24 months is entitled to an educational grant.
  2. The determination of grant amounts is based on paid premiums for the last 12 months. Premiums of minimum wage for full-time employment or higher amounts to a full grant. Members who work part-time receive a proportionate amount.
  3. To be able to receive a grant an application must be filled out and the course’s/school fees original invoice must be submitted to the relevant trade union within 12 months from the date of the invoice. A study/course is not paid if it began before continuous union membership.
  4. The acquired rights of members remain unchanged, despite transfers between Flóabandalag occupations. There are also agreements on transfer of rights between all funds within the Federation of General and Special workers in Iceland (SGS) and V.R.
  5. A member who quits his job will retain his rights for a grant for 3 months. After 3 months his right are revoked. A member who quits his job because of sickness, domestic reasons or other valid reasons retains his rights for a grant up to 24 months, provided that the employee returns to work. An employee who retires because of age retains his rights for 24 months after retirement.
  6. Parents in maternity-/parental leave and unemployed members can use their acquired rights if they choose to pay premiums during that period.
  7. Members who do not have Icelandic as their native language can apply for a grant for Icelandic language courses after paying to the union for 1 month.
Reykjavík City allocation rules
  1. Union member who has worked and paid premiums for 6 months in the last 24 months is entitled to an educational grant.
  2. The determination of grant amounts is based on paid premiums for the last 12 months when application is submitted. Premiums of minimum wage for full-time employment or higher amounts to a full grant.
  3. To be able to receive a grant an application must be filled out and the course’s/school fees original invoice must be submitted to Efling- Trade Union within 12 months from the date of the invoice. A study/course is not paid if it began before continuous union membership.
  4. The acquired rights of members remain unchanged, despite transfers between educational funds of Efling- Trade Union. There are also agreements on transfer of rights between all funds within the Federation of General and Special workers in Iceland (SGS) and V.R.
  5. A member who quits his job will retain his rights for a grant for 3 months. After 3 months his right are revoked. A member who quits his job because of sickness, domestic reasons or other valid reasons retains his rights for a grant up to 24 months, provided that the employee returns to work. An employee who retires because of age retains his rights for 24 months after retirement.
  6. Members in an unpaid leave or in parental leave can use their acquired rights under Articles 1 and 2.
  7. Members in maternity-/paternity leave can use their acquired rights under Article 1 if they choose to pay premiums during vacation.
  8. Members who become unemployed can use their acquired rights under Articles 1 and 2 if they choose to pay premiums during vacation.
  9. Members who do not have Icelandic as their native language can apply for a grant for Icelandic language courses after paying to the union for 1 month.
Kópavogur /Seltjarnarnes allocation rules
  1. Union member who has worked and paid premiums for 6 months in the last 24 months is entitled to an educational grant.
  2. The determination of grant amounts is based on paid premiums for the last 12 months when application is submitted. Premiums of minimum wage for full-time employment or higher amounts to a full grant.
  3. To be able to receive a grant an application must be filled out and the course’s/school fees original invoice must be submitted to relevant trade union within 12 months from the date of the invoice. A study/course is not paid if it began before continuous union membership.
  4. The acquired rights of members remain unchanged, despite transfers between Flóabandalag occupations. There are also agreements on transfer of rights between all funds within the Federation of General and Special workers in Iceland (SGS) and V.R.
  5. A member who quits his job will retain his rights for a grant for 3 months. After 3 months his right are revoked. A member who quits his job because of sickness, household reasons or other valid reasons retains his rights for a grant up to 24 months, provided that the employee returns to work. An employee who retires because of age retains his rights for 24 months after retirement.
  6. Parents in maternity-/parental leave and unemployed members can use their acquired rights if they choose to pay premiums during that period.
  7. Members who do not have Icelandic as their native language can apply for a grant for Icelandic language courses after paying to the union for 1 month.
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