Adult education funding

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Each year, UK organisations involved in adult education can apply for Erasmus+ funding for life-changing international activities.

Erasmus+ activities have positive results for both the organisation and the individual members of staff taking part. People have fresh perspectives, and feel energised and motivated, which supports professional development and staff retention. They also develop new skills, by getting to know first-hand the workings of other organisations, sharing ideas, and discovering best practice to bring back to their employer. In turn, through strategic partnerships, adult learners get to benefit from innovative approaches.

From 2014 -2017, 139 Erasmus+ grants were awarded to UK adult education organisations, worth around €21.2 million in total. See Funding results for more information. 

Available funding

In 2020, €13.5m in funding is proposed for UK adult education organisations. You can apply for one or more of the following activities. These activities are ‘decentralised’, which means you apply to the Erasmus+ UK National Agency via this website:

  • Mobility for adult education staff (Key Action 1): Professional development opportunities for staff including teaching assignments, study courses, training events and job shadowing.

  • Partnership funding (Key Action 2): collaborative projects with international partners to improve adult education provision. 

  • Cross-sector Partnerships (Key Action 2): working with partners from the higher education, vocational education and training, school, adult education and youth sectors to improve provision across more than one sector.

You can also apply for the following 'centralised' funding activity, via the European Commission's Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency:

  • Sport activities are aimed at improving grassroots sports provision to tackle threats such as doping and match-fixing, and to increase inclusion and promote sport for all.

Ready to apply?

Before you apply you must have registered on the EU Login to obtain your organisation's unique Participant Identification Code, which is essential for your application. You can read more about EU Login in the European Commission's manual (3.13 MB).

Who should I contact?

The Ecorys UK helpline is now closed, please send any queries via email. We are currently receiving a high number of emails but a member of the National Agency team will respond to each one as soon as possible.