Apply for youth partnership funding

UK organisations/groups of young people active in youth work can apply for funding under Key Action 2 for activities which are part of a Strategic Partnership for Youth.

This part of Key Action 2 is managed in the UK by the British Council as part of the Erasmus+ UK National Agency.

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What activities are possible?

Youth partnership projects can last between six months and three years, and organisations can apply for funding to support a combination of activities.

Activities must contribute to overall project objectives, and create, develop, test and embed innovative approaches in youth work, including:

  • new methods, tools or materials to build young people’s key competences, basic skills or language and IT skills;
  • new methods, tools or materials to build capacity and professionalise or modernise youth work, including through the use of ICT, virtual mobility or online learning, sharing of best practise, reform of youth work curricula, etc.;
  • new youth work approaches, including strategies to tackle social exclusion and early school leaving;
  • building links with other sectors, and combining formal and non-formal learning approaches, to tackle forms of social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people; and
  • strategic collaboration with local or regional authorities.

Informal groups of young people can also apply to undertake Transnational Youth Initiatives which bring together two or more groups of young people from different countries for initiatives fostering entrepreneurship and social commitment. Transnational youth initiatives may address the following:

  • establishment of new networks of social enterprises, associations, clubs, NGOs;
  • development and delivery of courses and training on entrepreneurship education (in particular entrepreneurship for social benefit and the use of ICT);
  • activities that spread information, raise understanding and critical engagement with the media or other activities that encourage engagement with civic life;
  • projects that deliver activities for direct community benefit, e.g. for disabled people, elderly, minorities, migrants, etc; and
  • artistic and cultural initiatives, e.g. theatre plays, exhibitions, music performances, discussion fora, etc.

Please note that the above may be complemented by learning activities of young people and/or, youth workers, where these clearly support the aims and objectives of the project and add value. 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 the guide for applicants.

Youth organisations and groups active in youth work can also take part in cross-sector partnerships between youth sector and education and training organisations. Full details of these activities, including duration and eligibility criteria, are given in the Programme Guide.

Supporting smaller organisations

The National Agency has separated the budget for these two types of projects under Key Action 2, in order to have a fairer assessment process and allocation of funds. Projects supporting exchange of practice are allocated 20% of the overall budget and projects supporting innovation, 80%. This will help smaller organisations and others applying under Key Action 2 for the first time, increasing the likelihood of receiving funding by focusing on exchange of good practice.

How many partners are needed?

Strategic Partnerships in the youth field must include a minimum of two partners from two different Programme Countries, including the applicant organisation.

The number of partners and funding will vary depending on the project’s aims and activities. Strategic Partnerships can receive a maximum of 450,000 euro in funding for the maximum project duration of 36 months (12,500 euro per month).

Who can apply?

Any UK organisation active in the youth field can participate in a Strategic Partnership for youth, 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.

Informal groups of young people are also eligible to apply for funding for Transnational Youth Initiatives.

If you have not applied for funding before, please visit our before you apply webpage for more information.

How to apply

In 2020, there were three deadlines for Youth KA205 Strategic Partnerships funding and an additional deadline for KA227 funding, these have now passed.

The Round 3 youth KA205 guide for applicants (363 KB) and the KA227 guide for applicants (573 KB) are available for reference purposes only.

Read our webpage for the latest information on Erasmus+ and the EU transition period.

Who should I contact?

If your question is about Key Action 1 youth, please contact Ecorys UK by email. The Ecorys UK helpline is now closed. 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.

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

If you have any questions about European Solidarity Corps please email the dedicated team.