Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027. Read more about ERASMUS+ here.
This call aims to support the international cooperation and policy dialogue in the field of youth and non-formal learning.
Capacity-building projects are international cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of youth in Programme and Partner countries.
The action will aim to:
- raise the capacity of organisations working with young people outside formal learning;
- promote non-formal learning activities in Partner countries, especially targeting young people with fewer opportunities, with a view to improving the level of competences while ensuring the active participation of young people in society;
- support the development of youth work in Partner countries, improving its quality and recognition;
- foster the development, testing and launching of schemes and programmes of non-formal learning mobility in Partner countries;
- contribute to the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy (2019-2027) including the 11 European Youth goals;
- foster cooperation across different regions of the world through joint initiatives;
- enhance synergies and complementarities with formal education systems and/or the labour market.
Proposals should focus on one or more of the following thematic areas:
- political participation and dialogue with decision-makers;
- inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities;
- democracy, rule of law and values;
- empowerment / engagement / employability of young people;
- peace and post-conflict reconciliation;
- environment and climate;
- anti-discrimination and gender equality;
- digital and entrepreneurial skills.
The activities proposed must be directly linked to the general and specific objectives of the action and they must be detailed in a project description covering the entire implementation period. Finally, in the context of this international worldwide action, project activities must focus on building and strengthening the capacities of youth organisations and young people principally in the partner countries covered by the action.
Examples of activities include:
- the development of tools and methods for the socio-professional development of youth workers and trainers;
- the development of non-formal learning methods, especially those promoting the acquisition/improvement of competences, including media literacy skills;
- the development of new forms of practical training schemes and simulation of real life cases in society;
- the development of new forms of youth work, notably strategic use of open and flexible learning, virtual cooperation, open educational resources (OER) and better exploitation of the ICT potential;
- the organisation of events/seminars/workshops/exchange of good practice for cooperation, networking, awareness raising and peer-learning purposes
- the organisation of mobility activities for young people and/or youth workers in order to test tools and methods developed by the partnership. Please note that mobility activities must be secondary to the main objectives of the action, and must be instrumental to and underpin the achievement of these objectives.
Any organisation, public or private, with its affiliated entities (if any), working with or for young people outside formal settings established in an Erasmus+ Programme or Partner country. See section "Eligible Countries" in Part A of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
Such organisations can, for example, be:
- a non-profit organisation, association, NGO (including European Youth NGOs);
- a national Youth Council;
- a public authority at local, regional or national level;
- an education or research institution;
- a foundation;
Public or private companies (small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises) may be included. Therefore, whereas this action is primarily targeting associations, NGOs and more generally non-for-profit organisations, for-profit organisations can be involved if a clear added value is demonstrated for the project. However, in a capacity building objective, coordination tasks must be limited to non-for-profit organisations.
Capacity-building projects are transnational and involve minimum 2 organisation from 2 different Programme countries and 2 organisations from at least 1 eligible Partner country (i.e. at least 4 organisations from minimum 3 countries). The number of organisations from Programme countries may not be higher than the number of organisations from Partner countries.
The EU grant per project will vary from a minimum of 100.000 EUR and a maximum of 300.000 EUR.
Capacity-building Projects can last 12, 24 or 36 months. The duration must be chosen at application stage, based on the objective of the project and on the type of activities foreseen over time.