It’s time to apply for Erasmus+ funding!

On 25th October the European Commission published the new Erasmus+ call, and we encourage our members and partners to take this opportunity to apply for funding for your projects in grassroots sport.

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme for mobility and transnational cooperation in education, training, youth and sport for 2014-2020. Similar to previous years, Erasmus+ projects supporting social inclusion through education, youth and sport activities will be given priority next year.

The aim of the European Commission in 2018 is to broaden the accessibility of the Erasmus+ programme, therefore a simplified procedure for the submission of proposals through online web-forms will be introduced. ENGSO embraces this news, as in the past years we have been lobbying for this, and also for simplified financial rules. The latter ones already came into force last year with the unit costs. It is also great to see that the small collaborative partnerships have been kept, a form of proposals that we were also strongly lobbying for and were introduced in 2016.

The key document for applicants is the Erasmus+ Programme Guide that is available in all official EU languages. The sport section is on pages 226-243. For applications in the field of sport, the deadline is 5 April 2018, meaning that all three types of sport-related applications - collaborative partnerships, small collaborative partnerships and not-for-profit European sport events – must be submitted by this date.

To get some inspiration, have a look at our currently running Erasmus+ project, ASPIRE, and the recently ended SCORE project. Furthermore, please notice that the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) will organise a "Sport Info Day" on 30th January 2018 in Brussels to inform potential applicants about the Erasmus+: Sport programme and its funding opportunities. If you are interested to attend, please register here. The day will be also livestreamed online.

If you have any practical questions or you are interested in our opinion about your project idea, get in touch with our Policy Director, Heidi Pekkola on [email protected] or our ASPIRE project coordinator, Orsolya Tolnay on [email protected].

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