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Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027: more inclusive, greener and digital

On the 23rd and 24th of March 2021, the European Commission organised the Erasmus +Sport Info Day 2021. The day after, Erasmus+ Sport Call for Proposals 2021 and the Programme Guide were published.


The Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027 horizontal policy priorities that apply to all key actions are: inclusion and diversity, environmental protection and fight against climate change, digital transformation, and common values and civic engagement.


In addition, the programme has sport-specific objectives such as encouraging participation in sport and physical activity, promoting integrity and values in sport, promoting education in and through sport, and combating violence, racism and discrimination in sport. Partnerships in sport can address both cross-cutting and sport-specific objectives. In particular, Small Scale Partnerships and Collaborative Partnerships are available to achieve the latter.



One of the main modifications of the new programme concerns the budget. The new and revamped programme (2021-2027) has a budget of €26.2 billion. The total budget for partnerships in sport is lower compared to last year and is fixed at 41.7 Million € for 2021. It will reach the same level as in 2020 in the next year and continue to increase years after 2022.


The second novelty is the deadline for applications which is 20 May 2021. Read more info in the Call for proposals.


The Erasmus+ Programme Guide has been published and provides information on:

· the priorities of the programme,

· the actions supported,

· the funding available for different actions,

· detailed information on participation.


See the programme here.


The programme is divided into three key actions. The European sport projects and events are eligible under Key Action 2 “Cooperation among organisations and institutions”.


Basic facts and figures from the programme:


New tools for the application


The project proposals will be submitted via the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal of the European Commission.


Figures by type of activities


Small-scale partnerships offer a good start for newcomers to the Erasmus programme. For small partnerships in the field of sport, only two organisations from two different Programme Countries are needed, which allows for bilateral projects. The funding amounts are a lump sum of 30,000 or 60,000 EUR. The duration is between 6-24 months. It is recommended that at least one sports club participates in each small partnership. Bilateral partnerships provide easier access for sports clubs and associations.


Cooperation Partnerships require at least three organisations from three different Programme Countries. They are funded with a lump sum of 120,000 EUR, 250,000 EUR or 400,000 EUR. Their duration can be between 12 and 36 months. Compared to small partnerships, the expectations in terms of project results are correspondingly higher.


Concerning the “non-profit European sports events”, the Programme Guide identifies three different models of these events: Europe-wide events and European local events (two different versions). The funding amounts range from 200,000 to 450,000 EUR.


Useful links:


Press release: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_1326


Programme Guide: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/documents/2021-annual-work-programme-erasmus-union-programme-education-training-youth-and_de


Call for Proposals: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/DE/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.C_.2021.103.01.0012.01.DEU&toc=OJ%3AC%3A2021%3A103%3ATOC


Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/home




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