Organisations working with young people outside the formal education sector can apply to the youth strand of Erasmus+. Funds are given to support activity called learning mobility which is a planned learning activity in another country.
This part of Key Action 1 is managed by Ecorys UK as part of the UK National Agency.
What activities are possible?
There are two types of learning mobility activities for youth: youth exchanges and training/networking for youth workers. Different activities can be combined into a mobility project, with a UK organisation or group working in partnership with one or more organisations from the Erasmus+ participating countries.
If your organisation has an existing valid EVS accreditation or Quality Label certification, you can apply for Volunteering Projects under the European Solidarity Corps. There is over €12m available for successful projects in 2020. The next deadline to apply is 1 October 2020, 11:00am (UK time).
Youth exchanges allow groups of young people (aged 13 to 30) from different countries to meet and live together for up to 21 days. During a youth exchange, participants work together on a chosen topic through a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities etc. designed and prepared by them before the exchange.
Training and networking for youth workers
This activity supports the professional development of youth workers. They can take part in seminars, training courses, networking events, study visits, and job shadowing/observation. A youth worker mobility can last from two days to two months.
Who can apply?
UK organisations active in the youth field can participate in a youth mobility project. Informal groups of young people are also eligible to apply for funding under some parts of this Key Action.