Apply for youth mobility funding

Organisations working with young people outside the formal education sector can apply to the youth strand. 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.

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What mobility activities are possible?

There are three types of learning mobility activities for youth: youth exchanges; training/networking for youth workers; and Volunteering projects. One or more activities can be combined into a mobility project, with a UK organisation or in some cases, an informal group of young people, working in partnership with one or more organisations from the Erasmus+ participating countries.

Overall, projects last one to two years. For young people this could mean up to a year abroad as a volunteer, while for youth workers it could be as little as two days abroad on training.

Youth exchanges

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 when they take part in:

  • seminars, training courses, contact-making events and study visits;
  • a job shadowing/observation period abroad in an organisation active in the youth field.

Volunteering abroad - Erasmus+ Volunteering projects

This activity allows young people aged 17-30 to take part in unpaid and full-time voluntary activities for up to 12 months in another country within or outside the European Union. Young volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations and bring community benefit, as well as develop their own skills. Voluntary service may take place in health and social care, environmental conservation or other community projects.

A Volunteering project can include between 1 and 40 volunteers who can do their voluntary service either individually or in a group. To send or host volunteers through Erasmus+ Volunteering projects, organisations will need to apply for accreditation which includes signing up to the EVS Charter. If you are planning on including 17 year old volunteers in your project please contact us prior to the application deadline, as there are Child Protection requirements to discuss, before project approval.

If you have not applied for funding before, please visit our before you apply page for more information. Please also read the Youthpass webpage for information on how to recognise the activities of those taking part in this Key Action 1.

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.

How to apply

There are three deadlines for mobility in the field of youth in 2018: 1 February, 26 April and 4 October 2018, 11am (UK time). The link to the online application form will be posted here as soon as it is available along with guidance on completing the form. The 2017 application eForm and guidance are available for reference purposes only. Important note: on this Key Action for 2017 Round 3, an online application form was available, instead of a pdf file.

Who should I contact?

If your question is about Key Action 1 youth, please contact Ecorys UK by email or telephone 0121 212 8947.

If you have questions about Key Action 2 youth or Key Action 3, please contact the British Council by email or telephone 0161 957 7755.