Erasmus+ KA210 Small-scale partnerships
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Welcome to Key Action 2: Small-scale partnerships! This is a bit more complex and complicated than the previous ones, so we advise you to first gain experience in writing and implementing Erasmus+ KA1 or ESC projects, and only then move on to this one.

This action is designed to allow grassroots organisations and smaller actors to participate and gain experience. It has simpler administrative requirements and a shorter duration than the average project under Key Action 2. These partnerships aim to create synergies between local, regional, national and international organisations in the fields of school education, adult education, vocational training, youth, sport or other socio-economic sectors.

For these types of grants, it’s great to partner with an organisation with a different expertise to yours, so you can participate in the exchange of best

practices and competences! Think of it as a symbiotic relationship! These can last between 6 and 24 months, but are usually planned for 12 months. Depending on the scale and impact of the idea, you could receive a grant of €30 000 or €60 000. The guidelines state that projects must address at least one horizontal objective and/or at least one specific priority in these areas. There are three horizontal objectives, which you have probably already met:

  1. Inclusion and diversity
  2. Digital transformation
  3. Environment and the fight against climate change

As you may have guessed, these documents are called horizontal because they set out the guidelines, general ideas and objectives for the work of the European Union. Not difficult, is it?

The specific objectives of the action are defined for each category of action. For KA210 these are:

  • Attracting newcomers, less experienced organisations and small-scale operators and widening access to the programme. These partnerships should be the first step for organisations to cooperate at European

●        Supporting the inclusion of target groups with fewer opportunities

  • Promoting active European citizenship and bringing the European dimension to the local

You can also see how other “European priorities in a national context” fit in with your project idea. These can be found on the website of your national office.

The main element that distinguishes small-scale partnerships from the previously mentioned mobility is that their programme and educational volume is larger. They have a longer duration and a more varied range of activity types. For example, a project may include two one-week mobility periods and monthly workshops lasting up to six months, running simultaneously in the participating countries. Because of their complexity, these types of projects require more experience in project management, which is why we advised at the start of the panel that you should start your Erasmus+ journey with Key Action 1 before moving on to this.

Another important aspect, which does not follow the logic of KA1, is that the activities are not grouped chronologically, but according to Work Packages (WP). They are rather grouped according to the key people involved and the main purpose of the task. Suppose, for example, that the first WP is usually Project Management, which consists of activities carried out throughout the duration of the project, but mainly by the same core team. Or continuing our initial example of organising mobility, this would also be a separate work package, including the selection, preparation and implementation of the participants themselves. Then there is the last WP, the dissemination, which even exceeds the duration of the project. Budget sectors are assigned to each WP separately. Just use your analytical skills and you’ll see that it’s not as impossible as it seems now!

So here’s what you need to know before you dive deep into the Application Form! Good luck!

Idea: What to write on the application form? You’ll find a template with the questions on the application form and some advice on how to answer them.

KA210 Small-scale application form