Two days of Erasmus+ discussions in Brussels
On 30 January, the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) organised the seventh edition of the Erasmus+ Sport Infoday in Brussels to inform and advise potential applicant organisations about the 2020 programme of Erasmus+ Sport funding. The next day, a meeting was organised for the coordinators of newly funded Erasmus+ projects in Brussels. ENGSO was present at both events.
Over 500 participants took part in the Infoday on-site and many more joined the event through its live webstream. Our Secretary General, Kaisa Larjomaa, our Executive Committee member, Sara Massini, our Office Director, Marie Denitton and our Project Manager, Rachel May were all in Brussels, along with some representatives of ENGSO Youth.
In her opening speech, Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth highlighted that the budget for the Erasmus+ Sport call 2020 is EUR 57 million, which is the highest budget ever. She also encouraged everyone to apply for funding with innovative proposals.
Both plenary sessions of the morning were highly informative, giving insights to the policy context of Erasmus+ Sport and the practical processes of submission and selection of proposals.
The organisers embedded three parallel sessions into the programme on three critical topics around Erasmus+ Sport funding: one session on the evaluation of applications, one on the finances of applications, and one on the Small Collaborative Partnerships.
Later in the afternoon, a session was dedicated to the future of Erasmus+ in which key changes for Erasmus+ Sport 2021-2027 were outlined. This included a significant increase in the amount of funding to EUR 550 million. Sport is also set to be covered by all three key actions - mobility, partnerships and support to policy development and cooperation. The Sport chapter will be opened up to partner countries to increase the international dimension, and decentralisation of the programme will allow the mobility of coaches and staff.
On the following day, a meeting was held for the coordinators of projects that were submitted for the call in 2019 and got funding. As our collaborative partnership proposal, SPIRIT (Sport & Psycho-social Initiative for Inclusive Training) got selected in the autumn 2019, its Project Manager, Rachel May participated in this meeting.
If you are planning to apply for Erasmus+ Sport funding by the 2 April 2020 deadline, we encourage you to listen to the presentations of the Sport Infoday and consult the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. Best of luck to those who submit an application!