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Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, 2014 - 2020, with organisations able to apply for funding each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities.

There are opportunities for young people, youth workers and youth organisations. Erasmus+ enables you to organise or take part in a youth exchange, youth democracy project, work shadowing or other development activity. As an individual, you can add to your understanding of other cultures, while gaining knowledge, skills and experience of value to your career. For organisations, it helps you to develop capacity, initiate international partnerships, and offer new opportunities to young people.

Youth funding is split into three areas, called Key Actions:

  • Funding to organise exchanges for young people and training for youth workers. These types of activities are known as Mobility projects and are brought together under Key Action 1 of Erasmus+.
  • Funding to link with other organisations and sectors to develop innovation and exchange good practices. This activity is known as Strategic Partnerships and falls under Key Action 2 of Erasmus+.
  • Funding for conferences, debates and events for young people to meet with decision-makers and help shape youth policy. These activities are part of Key Action 3 of Erasmus+.

There are three deadlines annually to apply for Erasmus+ funding. In 2020, the dates are 5 February, 30 April and 1 October, all at 11am (UK time).

For details on applying, visit the Erasmus+ UK website. You can read real-life examples of UK youth projects on their dedicated Erasmus+ stories webpage.