Erasmus Plus instead of Horizon 2020
Unfortunately I haven’t yet got to grips with Horizon 2020, but a programme which could help fund community building in a different way is Erasmus Plus. For that, here is the briefing, any questions do let me know!
The new programme combines the former Erasmus programme which coordinated student exchanges, vocational training & internships between countries, the European Voluntary Service and the Youth in Action programme which focused on youth exchanges to develop projects across borders. All of these programmes will be managed by national agencies.
In addition to this, Erasmus Plus includes work on developing strategic partnerships in the areas of education, training & young people between different organisations and capacity building between EU & non-EU countries. These programmes on the other hand will be managed centrally by the European Commission.
Every Erasmus+ funded project will need to show it will improve
· young people’s skills, in particular those with fewer opportunities
· their opportunities to participate in society and the economy
· dialogue between people from different cultures
· desire by the participants to want to take part in future learning after the project
· the international dimension of youth activities & mobility
· the sustainability of the organisation/s coordinating
Projects will need to reflect one or more of the following policy priorities:
· young people’s social inclusion and well-being, such as tackling youth unemployment
· promoting healthy behaviours;
· raising awareness about European citizenship and the rights that go with it
· encouraging young people to get involved in EU policy-making
· developing transferable skills, like entrepreneurship & digital skills
· use creative learning approaches
Youth Exchanges allow groups of young people from different countries to meet and live together for up to 21 days. During the exchange, people would carry out a work programme (workshops, activities, etc.) that they would design and prepare beforehand.
The exchanges would need to enable young people to develop new skills & knowledge, discover new ways of doing, living & thinking and strengthen values of solidarity and democracy.
The exchange would need to be run by two or more from different countries within and outside the European Union. They can last from 5 – 21 days.
The EU would fund approximately €80 Euros per person for travel and €40 per person for paying for implementation of the exchange.
The following deadlines are 17 March, 30 April and 1 October, with projects starting three months after each deadline.
Structured dialogue meetings between young people and policy makers
This programme focuses on better involve young people in democratic processes with decision makers on youth policy so that they can influence policy making. The young people would not only decide what topics they want to discuss, but design the project.
The types of events can include national or transnational activities, such as debates, seminars, workshops, simulations. These could run from 3-24 months and need to involve a minimum of 30 young people. The EU would fund approximately €80 Euros per person for travel and €40 per person for paying for implementation of the exchange.
The deadline is 30 April to apply.