€22m boost for Erasmus+ in 2018

An extra €22 million is to be made available for UK-led Erasmus+ projects when the 2018 call for applications is announced later this month.

The UK National Agency revealed at today’s Erasmus+ Annual Conference, at Central Hall, Westminster, that funding for the programme will be set at €170m next year – an increase of around 12 percent on 2017’s €148m allocation.

Delegates at the event also heard about significant new elements being introduced in two areas of the programme for 2018.

The biggest change will come in youth Key Action 1 with the transfer of some elements of the European Voluntary Service to the new European Solidarity Corps programme.

“At this stage the European Solidarity Corps is yet to be formally ratified, so we do not have all the information on how the programme will work,” said UK NA Deputy Director Madeleine Rose. “Youth activities remain very strong in Erasmus+, however, and more than €7m is allocated to the UK for next year, in addition to the expected European Solidarity Corps funding.”

Changes will be also be made to school Key Action 2 partnerships to enable more schools as well as pupils to participate, with a significant budget increase for this area and a new type of partnership with a simpler application process.

Full details of all the new elements of the programme will be announced once application information is published by the European Commission.

Ruth Sinclair-Jones, UK NA Director, also assured delegates that 2018 was “business as usual” for Erasmus+ in the UK while Brexit negotiations, about our departure from the European Union, are ongoing.

“The UK Government has confirmed that the Treasury will underwrite grant agreements for Erasmus+ signed while the UK is still an EU Member State, even if payments continue beyond the point of the UK’s EU exit date.

“This means that UK organisations can prepare for participation as usual ahead of the 2018 application deadlines. This guarantee covers both UK-led applications to the UK National Agency and to the European Commission’s Executive Agency in Brussels.”

The 2018 Call for Proposals document is expected to be published before the end of October.

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