Erasmus+ has an EU-wide budget of €14.7 billion and is the EU Programme for education, training, youth and sport. Funding application deadlines for most activities happen once a year, although there are additional deadlines for youth projects. Many Universities, schools and colleges across the North East have already participated in Erasmus – Europe Direct North East can provide support to schools with an interest in participating.
Aiming to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe, Erasmus+ funding is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector. If offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe. Sport funding focuses on co-operation and activities at a grassroots level. Some examples of eligible activity for Erasmus+ funding include:
School education staff
• Develop school staff competences (languages, ICT)
• Offer professional development opportunities abroad
• Provide more and better opportunities to increase skills and competences of HE students, attract the best talents from abroad Main activities:
• Credit mobility, including traineeships abroad: mobility for studies opened to partner countries in both directions
• Degree mobility: excellent Joint Master courses offered by universities from Europe and in some cases partner countries attracting the very best students worldwide
• Student loan guarantee to boost Master's degree mobility within Europe
• Provide more and better opportunities for an increased quality in teaching and learning
Vocational Education and Training learners and staff
• To increase training opportunities abroad of VET learners and to provide them with skills needed for the transition from education and training to work
• To update / acquire knowledge of work practices and/or refresh pedagogical skills of VET professionals (teachers, in-company trainers, also non-teaching staff, e.g. institution leaders, training managers, guidance counsellors)
Adult Education – staff mobility
• To develop and broaden knowledge, skills and competences
Creative Europe has an EU-wide budget of €1.5 billion and supports organisations and businesses operating in the audio-visual cultural and creative sectors. The Creative Europe programme has different funding schemes to encourage audio-visual, cultural and creative players to operate across Europe, reach new audiences and develop the skills required in the digital age and enabling them to increase their contribution to jobs. By helping European cultural works to reach new audiences in other countries, the new programme will also contribute to safeguarding and promoting Europe's cultural and linguistic diversity.
MEDIA – Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme supports film, television, new media and video games, offering funding, training and networking opportunities for producers, video game developers, distributors, sales agents, audio-visual training providers, organisers of festivals, markets and networks, film education specialists and cinema exhibitors.
Culture – Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme supports the cultural and creative sectors and funds mainly collaborative projects and initiatives across all art forms, such as visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, performance, music, heritage, architecture, design, circus, festivals, craft and fashion. There is also support for publishers looking to translate European fiction.
Cross-sector – from 2016, Creative Europe will also include a financial guarantee instrument to help the audio-visual, cultural and creative sectors secure access to finance.
Creative Europe is the responsibility of the Directorate General for Education and Culture; it is managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency (EACEA). The Programme is driven by a series of annual work programmes that establish priorities and timetables for calls for proposals. Calls for proposals for both sub-programmes are announced annually to a pre-published timetable.
Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC) has an EU-wide budget of €439 million and will help to make people's rights and freedoms effective in practice by making them better known and more consistently applied across the EU.
REC will also promote the rights of the child, the principles of non-discrimination (racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation) and gender equality (including projects to combat violence against women and children).
Eligible activities include:
• promote non–discrimination
• combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance
• promote rights of persons with disabilities
• promote equality between women and men and gender mainstreaming
• prevent violence against children, young people, women and other groups at risk (Daphne)
• promote the rights of the child
• the highest level of data protection
• promote the rights deriving from Union citizenship
• enforce consumer rights.
Actions funded include:
- training activities (staff exchanges, workshops, development of training modules)
- mutual learning, cooperation activities, exchange of good practices, peer reviews, development of ICT tools
- awareness-raising activities, dissemination, conferences
- support for main actors (key European NGOs and networks, Member States’ authorities implementing Union law)
- analytical activities (studies, data collection, development of common
- methodologies, indicators, surveys, preparation of guides)
Europe for Citizens has an EU-wide budget of €86 million to promote European remembrance, democratic engagement and civic participation. Europe for Citizens will support activities to increase awareness and citizens' understanding of the EU, its values and history, such as the remembrance of Europe’s past and partnerships between cities (town-twinning). The programme will also help people become more engaged in civic and democratic activities through debates and discussions on EU-related issues.
The strand around Democratic Engagement includes the activities covering civic participation, focusing in particular on European Union policies. As well as initiatives developing opportunities for mutual understanding, intercultural learning, solidarity, societal engagement and volunteering at EU level. 3 Specific Measures are included under this focus area:
- Town Twinning: supporting projects bringing together citizens from twinned towns. By mobilising citizens at local and EU levels to debate on concrete issues from the European political agenda, this measure will seek to promote civic participation in the EU policy making process and develop opportunities for societal engagement and volunteering at EU level.
- Networks of Towns: providing funding to municipalities and associations working together on a common theme in a long term perspective, and wishing to develop networks of towns to make their cooperation more sustainable
- Civil Society Projects: supporting projects gathering citizens in activities directly linked to EU policies, providing an opportunity for direct participation in the policy making process. Funded activities may include: promotion of societal engagement and solidarity, gathering of opinions, volunteering.
- The Programme is managed on behalf of the Commission by the Education and Cultural Executive Agency (EACEA). Funding is awarded in the form of 'actions grants' to specific projects or as 'operating grants' contributing to the running costs of an organisation. There is an established timetable for an annual call for proposals set out in the Programme Guide for both actions.
Asylum, Migration & Integration Fund has an EU-wide budget of €3.1 million to focus on people flows and the integrated management of migration. The fund supports actions addressing all aspects of migration, including asylum, legal migration, integration and the return of irregularly staying non-EU nationals.
The UK has used predecessor programmes for returns programmes, resettlement programmes, community integration programmes, charter flight programmes, and resettlement activity.
Member States may partner with public authorities, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations or social partners to develop and implement national programmes. The UK has opted into the programme.
Eligible activities are focused on four specific objectives:
- Asylum: strengthening and developing the Common European Asylum System by ensuring that EU legislation in this field is efficiently and uniformly applied
- Legal migration and integration: supporting legal migration to EU States in line with the labour market needs and promoting the effective integration of non-EU nationals
- Return: enhancing fair and effective return strategies, which contribute to combating irregular migration, with an emphasis on sustainability and effectiveness of the return process
- Solidarity: making sure that EU States which are most affected by migration and asylum flows can count on solidarity from other EU States.
Consumer Programme has an EU-wide budget of €189 million and aims to place consumers at the centre of the Single Market and empower them to participate actively in the market, and make it work for them.
Actions will focus on monitoring and enforcing safety; information and education initiatives to make consumers aware of their rights, delivering legislation aimed at enhancing consumer rights and enforcement action to see where consumer rights are being compromised or denied. Eligible activities are focused on four key objectives:
• a single market of safe products for the benefit of citizens and as a component of competitive businesses and traders;
• a single market where citizens are well represented by professional consumer organisations whose capacity is built to meet the challenges of today's economic environment;
• a market where citizens are aware and exercise their rights as consumers so that they contribute to the growth of competitive markets, citizens must enjoy access to redress mechanisms in case of problems without needing to resort to court procedures which are lengthy and costly for them and the governments;
• a concrete and effective collaboration between national bodies to support the enforcement of consumer rights, support the consumers with advice.