Fund title: Erasmus+ – EU funding for education, training, youth & sport

Focus of fund/fund aims:

To support organisations actively involved in delivering formal and non-formal education and training, youth and sport activities.

Application deadline:

various - depending on type of project

Fund description:

Details of how to apply for EU funding from the Erasmus+ Programme in 2017 are now available. Erasmus+ is the main European fund for education, training, youth and sport activities. It runs from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of €13bn – the budget for 2017 is just over €1.9bn.

There is plenty of guidance and support available through the UK National Agency for Erasmus+ including details of the different strands of the programme, advice on how to apply and deadline dates. Whether you are applying for the first time, or have applied in previous years, if your organisation is based in the UK and applying for Erasmus+ funding in 2017, there is a range of information and support to help you prepare, including webinars and one-to-one telephone sessions.

Erasmus+ integrates all sectors of education and applications can be made by further and higher education institutions and schools as well as vocational education, adult education and youth organisations actively involved in delivering formal and non-formal education, training and youth work. Organisations delivering sporting activities can also apply. The range of opportunities is summarised in the table below.

Erasmus+ provides funding for students and educators to participate in international study, work, training, teaching and volunteering opportunities.  There are three different types of projects, known as Key Actions:

  • learning mobility for individuals – this is is for activities which provide opportunities for individuals to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness
  • co-operation & innovation – to help organisations to work together on sharing, developing and transferring innovative practices in education, training and youth provision across Europe
  • policy reform – for activities which support and facilitate the modernisation of education and training systems

The Erasmus+ Programme also supports co-operation and activities in grassroots sport through funding for collaborative partnerships and not-for-profit European sports events.

Applications will only be accepted from organisations – individuals are not eligible to apply for grants, although informal groups of young people who are active in youth work may apply to some of the youth-related parts of the Erasmus+ programme.

HE funding

  • Higher education staff and student mobility
  • Partnership funding – collaborative projects aimed at improving HE provision
  • Knowledge alliances – results-driven projects, including partnerships with business

Also: capacity building in non-EU countries; joint master’s degrees; promoting excellence in European integration studies; sports initiatives

Vocational education and training funding

  • Mobility for VET learners and staff – vocational training placements in another country for apprentices and students; professional development opportunities for staff
  • Partnership funding – collaborative projects which aim to improve vocational education provision
  • Sector skills alliances – to tackle skills gaps and align VET provision with sector-specific labour and skills needs in Europe
  • Sport activities

School funding

  • Teaching or training abroad – mobility for school staff including study courses, observation, job shadowing, training, and teaching
  • Partnership funding – for collaborative projects between schools or between schools and other educational organisations
  • Capacity building – transnational partnerships between organisations working with young people, that work together to identify ways to improve services delivered to young people

Adult education funding

  • Mobility for adult education staff – for professional and career development through staff training such as structured courses, training events or job shadowing.
  • Partnership funding – collaborative projects aimed at improving adult education provision
  • Sport activities

Youth funding

  • Mobility for young people and youth workers – funding for spending a planned period of learning in another country through youth exchanges, European Voluntary Service or training/networking for youth workers
  • Partnership funding – youth organisations and informal groups of young people can take part in collaborative projects to help to improve and develop innovate youth work practices
  • Shape Youth Policy (Structured Dialogue) funding – meetings between young people and decision-makers to influence policy
  • Capacity building – partnership projects for identifying ways to improve services delivered to young people
  • Sports activities


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