Erasmus+ Programme - Youth (2014-2020)

Status:Open to applications
End Date:31 December 2020
Application Deadline: 22nd May 2018


Erasmus+ is the EU Programme for lifelong learning. It supports activities in education, training, youth and sport across all sectors including Higher Education, Further Education, adult education, schools and youth activities. The aim is to boost skills and employability as well as to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe.

Value Notes

Fund Value:£ 11,402,440,000

Erasmus+ has an overall budget of €14.77 billion, which includes €1.8 billion for international cooperation.

The level of grants awarded as well as the duration of projects varies depending on factors such as the type of project and the number of partners involved. Available funding includes the following:
  • The maximum grant for a Capacity Building project is €150,000.
  • The maximum grant for Large-scale European Voluntary Service events is €200,000.
  • Steratgic Partnerships can receive up to a total of €450,000 for projects with duration of 36 months.

Extended Description

Erasmus+ is the European Programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020.

It replaces seven previous programmes, including the Lifelong Learning Programme and the Youth in Action Programme. As the successor programme to Youth in Action it will continue to ensure that youth organisations and youth services benefit from the youth strand which is specifically designed to meet their needs.

Youth activities under Erasmus+ aim to improve the key competences, skills and employability of young people, promote young people's social inclusion and well-being, and foster improvements in youth work and youth policy at local, national and international level.

Latest Information

Application deadlines vary between Calls.

Key Criteria

A wide range of youth organisations and groups working with young people are eligible to apply, including:

  • Public bodies
  • NGOs (CIC, CIO, registered charities, limited company - no share capital)
  • Unincorporated youth groups
  • Private limited companies (some restrictions apply)
  • Informal groups of young people (one member of the group must be aged 18-30)

Additional requirements and restrictions may apply depending on the type of project.

Full eligibility requirements are given in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

Eligibility Expenditure

Mobility projects for Young People and Youth Workers

Key points:

  • Key Action 1 activity managed by the British Council as part of the UK National Agency.
  • Each project can last between three and 24 months.

Support is available for:

  • Mobility of Young People
    • Youth exchanges for people aged 13 -30 lasting 5 to 21 days, excluding travel time.
    • European Voluntary Service (EVS) for people aged 17-30 lasting 2 to 12 months.
  • Mobility of Youth Workers
    • Training and networking for youth workers of any age.
    • Youth Worker mobility activities can last from 2 days to 2 months, excluding travel time.

Strategic Partnerships in the field of Youth

Key points:

  • Key Action 2 activity managed by Ecorys as part of the UK National Agency.
  • Strategic Partnerships can last between 6 months and 2 years.
  • Must include a minimum of two partners from two different Programme Countries, including the applicant organisation.

Support is available for:

  • Projects focusing on activities designed to improve youth provision across the participating countries. Activities could include:
    • Developing, testing and implementing innovative youth work practices.
    • Recognition of skills and competences.
    • Transnational youth initiatives – cooperation activities jointly carried out by groups of young people.
    • Training, teaching and learning activities such as blended mobility of young people, joint staff training events, mobility of youth workers and teaching and training assignments.

Structured Dialogue: Meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of Youth

Key points:

  • Key Action 3 activity managed by Ecorys as part of the UK National Agency.
  • Projects can last from 3 to 24 months and must promote the active participation of young people aged 13 and 30.

Support is available for:

  • Projects promoting the active participation of young people, allowing them to make their voice heard on how youth policies should be shaped and implemented in Europe. Activities could include:
    • National meetings and transnational seminars that include the active participation of young people in debate and dialogue.
    • National meetings and transnational seminars that prepare the ground for official Youth Conferences run by the Member State holding the Presidency of the European Union.
    • Youth policy debate events organised during European Youth Week.
    • Any other meetings, events, seminars or debates between young people and decision-makers.

Large-Scale European Voluntary Service events

Key points:

  • Key Action 1 activity managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, in Brussels.
  • Projects can last from three to 12 months.

Support is available for:

  • Large-scale volunteering projects in the framework of European or worldwide events, and to allow:
    • Young people aged 17-30 to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary service in another country (different form the home country of the volunteer).
    • Young volunteers to contribute to the run-up of activities and initiatives organised in the framework of a European/international event.

Capacity Building in the field of Youth

Key points:

  • Key Action 2 activity managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, in Brussels.
  • Projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of youth in Programme and Partner Countries.

Support is available for projects aiming to:

  • Foster cooperation and exchanges in the field of youth between Programme Countries and Partner Countries from different regions of the world.
  • Improve the quality and recognition of youth work, non-formal learning and volunteering in Partner Countries and enhance their synergies and complementarities with other education systems, the labour market and society.
  • Foster the development, testing and launching of schemes and programmes of non-formal learning mobility at regional level (ie within and across regions of the world).
  • Promote transnational non-formal learning mobility between Programme and Partner Countries, notably targeting young people with fewer opportunities, with a view to improving participants' level of competences and fostering their active participation in society.


Individuals are not eligible to apply. All applications must be made through an organisation.

Statutory meetings between organisations or politically influenced events are not eligible for grants under the Structured Dialogue Action.

Application Procedure

The actions of the Erasmus+ Programme are divided into "decentralised actions", managed by the British Council and Ecorys (as the UK National Agency) and "centralised actions" which are managed at a European level by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) located in Brussels.

Applications for all actions are made via an online application process in response to Calls for Proposals.

To apply, organisations must first register on the on the European Commission Authentication Service (ECAS).

Once registered, log in to the Participant Portal with the ECAS account details and register on the Unique Registration Facility (URF) to obtain a unique Participant Identification Code (PIC).

Further information and advice is given in the Call guidance, available on the UK National Agency and EACEA websites.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
British Council - Erasmus Plus General Enquiries British Council
10 Spring Gardens
0161 957 7755
Contact details:
Education Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency Directorate General for Education and Culture
Avenue du Bourget 1
BE-1140 Brussels
Contact details:
Ecprys - Erasmus Plus General Enquiries ECORYS
Vincent House
Quay Place
92-93 Edward St.