Apply for adult education partnership funding

UK adult education organisations can apply for funding to run collaborative projects aimed at improving adult education provision.

This part of Key Action 2 is managed by Ecorys UK as part of the UK National Agency.

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What activities are possible?

Strategic Partnerships in adult education can last between 12 and 36 months and are a flexible way of working with partners from different countries. Strategic Partnerships in adult education must focus on activities designed to improve adult education provision across the participating countries. Activities include:

  • improving and extending the offer of high quality learning opportunities tailored to individual adult learners;
  • designing and implementing effective strategies for enhancing basic skills;
  • evaluating the effectiveness of adult education policies at national, regional and local levels;
  • developing adult educators’ competences to deal with diversified groups of learners, making use of new technologies and teaching outcomes.

Full details of these activities, including durations and eligibility criteria, are given in the Programme Guide.

There are two different kinds of Strategic Partnership projects that you can apply for: projects supporting exchanges of practices and projects supporting innovation. Further information is available in our guidance for applicants.

How many partners are needed?

Strategic Partnerships in adult education must include a minimum of three partners from three different programme countries, including the applicant organisation. However, organisations from Partner Countries can be involved in a Strategic Partnership if their participation brings an essential added value to the project.

There is no maximum number of partners but the budget for management costs is capped and equivalent to ten partners. The number of partners and funding will vary depending on the project’s aims and activities. Strategic Partnerships can receive a maximum of 150,000 euros in funding per year.

Who can apply?

Any UK adult education organisation can participate in a Strategic Partnership, either as the lead or as a partner. One organisation must lead the project and make the application for funding. UK organisations leading a project must apply to the UK National Agency on behalf of the partnership.

How to apply

In 2020 there was one application deadline for adult education partnership funding (23 April 11 am, UK time), and this now has passed. The KA204 guide for applicants (776 KB) is available for reference purposes only.

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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.