Erasmus+ Introduction
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Erasmus+ is your chance to step out of your comfort zone and explore the world around you, with all its adventures! It’s a gift from the European Union that allows you to make an impact on your community, locally or even internationally! If you are involved in school, adult education, youth or sports activities, you are in the right place!

It’s no coincidence that you hear about this programme all the time, on social media, in academic settings or even from your friends. Erasmus+ is everywhere! It’s not just in Brussels or in your country’s capital! It’s in the city where you work or study! In your home town and in the village next to you! It’s all around you, you just have to reach out and grab it!

We know the question you’re asking yourself is: “Okay, but how?” Simple! Let us tell you in detail! If you want to participate as an individual, all you have to do is go to the Erasmus+ section of the European Commission’s official website, or simply click here, select the category you belong to (student, staff, trainee, teacher, volunteer, etc.) and the activity you want to do, and see if there is an organisation in your country that is participating in the project. Then you just have to apply and wait!

However, if you are brave and creative enough to be an Erasmus+ applicant and create something memorable, you should carefully browse this website, which describes everything you need to know about writing a winning Erasmus project!

Its popularity is also reflected in its budget, which has now doubled compared to its predecessor (2014-2020), with Erasmus+ 2021-2027 reaching €26.2 billion! This will bring lifelong learning opportunities to many more European citizens, NGOs, businesses, schools and universities.

The priorities of the current programme are based on both the realities of today’s world and the needs of European citizens. Erasmus+ for 2021-2027 is looking for mobility or cooperation projects that promote social inclusion, green and digital transition and foster young people’s participation in democratic life. Some of these priorities should be present in all projects, regardless of the key activity category they fall under. If you haven’t heard of the key actions, let us take a look at them. There are three of them, abbreviated as follows:

KA1: Learning mobility of individuals

This chapter refers to the mobility of adult/ higher education/ higher education/training/school students and staff, Erasmus accreditation, training, mobility of youth workers and young people (called youth exchanges), and some virtual exchanges between higher education and youth.

KA2: Cooperation between organisations and institutions

This action will register calls for cooperation and small-scale partnerships, partnerships of excellence or innovation, support forward-looking learning projects (e.g. climate change, digital skills, clean energy, artificial intelligence, health sciences, etc.), support non-profit European sporting events and capacity building in the field of higher education/training and education/youth/sports.

KA3: Support for policy development and cooperation

The last key actions aim at systemic changes, focusing on policy development, and now in particular on the Youth Together projects and most importantly the Jean Monnet actions. These actions will generate policy debates and information conferences and events on the functioning and history of the European Union.

Idea: What are you up to? Which action best fits your project idea and organisation?

I wonder who manages these funds? Well, it’s either the European Agency for Education and Culture (EACEA), the European Union’s executive agency in Brussels, or your country’s national agency! Who takes over will depend on the priorities of the application, so this means that if you have a more country-specific objective, it will remain at national level. However, if it is a large transnational issue, it will be evaluated and monitored by the EACEA.

Erasmus+ is closely linked to other objectives, plans and strategies developed by many EU institutions and bodies. The most frequently mentioned ones, which you should familiarise yourself with as a beginner project writer, are:

EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027

European Youth Objectives

European Agenda for Youth

Youth Participation Strategy

European Education AreaDigital education action

European Agenda for Skills

The European Pillar of Social Rights

The European dimension in sport

One basic tool that all Erasmus+ projects should include is the Youthpass certificate. It is a recognition tool for non-formal learning in youth projects. It lists the competences and skills that you or the participants have acquired during the activities and that will be very useful even for job applications!

What’s more, Erasmus+ is so advanced that it even has its own Erasmus quality standards to ensure that you, as a participant, are provided with appropriate, safe and comfortable conditions during your stay, both physically and mentally. On the other side of the coin, as an applicant, this document provides you with a range of guidelines to help you deliver a high quality project that will be appreciated by participants, partners, the National Agency and the local community. So don’t worry, the Erasmus team will take care of you!

If you are interested and want to learn more about the specific terms used in applications and in the descriptions of calls for proposals, you can also consult the Erasmus+ Guide glossary (pages 405-419), in addition to the explanations on our website. If you want to get inspired or check if your idea has already been implemented, all you have to do is log on to the Erasmus+ Projects Platform and browse through the jungle of already implemented initiatives and their results. You can also apply filters to KAs and specific priorities that interest you, see what projects have been implemented in your country or what your country lacks compared to neighbouring countries.

Idea: Look at the Erasmus quality standards, recall the projects you have been

 Erasmus+ Quality Standarts project (save it for your future projects so that you don’t forget the important quality criteria and make a quality project).