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. 

In 2019, a proposed budget of over €11 million is reserved specifically for UK adult education organisations. UK adult education organisations can also apply for additional funding streams (called ‘centralised’ activities), managed by the European Commission’s Executive Agency. 

Available funding

You can apply for one or more of the Erasmus+ adult education funding opportunities. Find details and how to apply via the links below:

  • 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.

  • 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.

The three Key Action 1 and Key Action 2 activities are run by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK. Sport Activities are run by the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. Read more about how Erasmus+ is run.

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?

If you have any questions about this activity, please contact Ecorys UK by email or telephone: 0121 212 8947.