About Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport, running from 2021 to 2027. It has a budget of €26.2 billion for all of Europe, to fund learning mobility and cross-border cooperation projects for ten million Europeans of all ages and all backgrounds.

In Ireland, organisations apply to Léargas for funding to carry out projects consistent with its objectives and that encourage European exchange, co-operation and learning.  Organisations much be active in Adult Education, School Education, Vocational Education and Training, or Youth.

Higher Education organisations should apply to our fellow National Agency in Ireland, the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

What are the Programme Objectives?

  • Support through lifelong learning for the educational, professional and personal development of people in education, training and youth, in Europe and beyond.
  • Build a European Education Area to support European strategic cooperation in education and training, and in advancing youth policy cooperation under the Youth Strategy 2019 to 2027.
  • Promote Learning Mobility in Education and Training for staff, pupils and learners, along with cooperation, quality, inclusion and equity, excellence, creativity and innovation.
  • Promote Learning Mobility in Youth to support young people, youth workers and organisations to actively participate in non-formal and informal learning mobility.

What are the Programme Priorities?

There are four priorities: Inclusion and Diversity; Digital Transformation; Environment and Fight Against Climate Change; and Participation in Democratic Life. Visit the Priorities section for more detail.

What Types of Erasmus+ Projects Do Léargas Manage?

Erasmus+ is divided into different ‘Key Actions’.  In Léargas we support projects under ‘Key Action 1 – Mobility’ and ‘Key Action 2 – Partnerships’. There are more details about these below.

Other aspects of Erasmus+ are managed centrally at a European level by the European Commission and European Commission’s European Education and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels, Belgium.

What is the Funding Allocation?

You can see the funding allocation for 2022 in Guide to Your Funding.

Erasmus+

There are two project types, Mobility and Partnerships for Cooperation.

Mobility Projects

A mobility project is one where an organisation sends staff, learners, pupils or young people to travel to another country to work, train, learn or job shadow. Funding is available for Irish organisations that are active in Adult Education, School Education, VET or Youth.

Partnerships for Cooperation

A partnership project is one where an organisation works with other relevant groups across Europe to develop, transfer or implement innovative practices. Funding is available for Irish organisations, institutions, companies and research organisations that are active in Adult Education, School Education, VET or Youth.

Erasmus+ 2021-2027

Erasmus+ provides opportunities for learners and educators across all fields of education. Hear from peers who've benefited from being involved in our Erasmus+ launch video.

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Steps to Erasmus+

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Depending on your area of interest there is a Léargas newsletter for you. We will keep you posted on upcoming training opportunities, project labs and application workshops.  Never miss an opportunity and get the latest news straight to your inbox!

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DISCOVER AT A DISCOVERY DAY

Find out about Erasmus+ funding opportunities at one of our Discovery Days. These events are perfect if you are new to European programmes. Our team will be on hand on the day to introduce the main aspects of Erasmus+ in the areas of Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth.  We will help you identify your next steps.

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FIND PARTNERS FOR YOUR PROJECT

No matter what field of education you work in, there are networking events and online platforms to connect you with European partners.  You can access national and international training through Training and Cooperation Activities which we post regularly on our Training and Events page. You can also find partners through eTwinning, the School Education Gateway and EPALE.

Erasmus+ Partner Finding Opportunities
PLAN AT A PROJECT LAB

Project Labs are a space to develop your project ideas and discuss with experts. You will learn more about Erasmus+ programme priorities, values and the application process.

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ATTEND AN APPLICATION WORKSHOP

When you have identified your partners and designed a project idea together, you will want to get your application right.  Join us at an Application Workshop to help guide you through the application process. Léargas staff will explain the application form, and address any questions about the finance or quality aspects of your project.

Training and Events
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Deadlines

October

4th

Erasmus+ Mobility Deadline Autumn 2022

Mobility for learners and staff in Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth. Apply by 11:00am Irish time.

October

4th

Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnerships Deadline Autumn 2022

Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnerships in School Education, VET and Youth. Apply by 11:00am Irish time.

October

4th

Erasmus+ Small-scale Partnerships Deadline Autumn 2022

Erasmus+ Small-scale Partnerships in Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth. Apply by 11:00am Irish time.

October

4th

Erasmus+ DiscoverEU Inclusion Deadline Autumn 2022

Apply by 11:00am Irish time

October

19th

Erasmus+ Accreditation Deadline 2022

Accreditation in Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth. Apply by 11:00am Irish time.

February

23rd

Erasmus+ Mobility Deadline Spring 2022

Mobility for learners and staff in Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth. Apply by 11:00am Irish time.

March

23rd

Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnerships Deadline Spring 2022

Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnerships in Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth. Apply by 11:00am Irish time.

March

23rd

Erasmus+ Small-scale Partnerships Deadline Spring 2022

Erasmus+ Small-scale Partnerships in Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth. Apply by 11:00am Irish time.

April

21st

Erasmus+ DiscoverEU Deadline Spring 2022

If you are 18-years-old and want to travel around Europe don't miss your chance to apply for DiscoverEU from 07/04/2022 to 21/04/2022.

May

4th

Erasmus+ Youth Mobility Deadline Summer 2022

Mobility projects in Youth. Apply by 11:00am Irish time.
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Key Events

Upcoming Léargas Events

Find upcoming national events and training opportunities organised by Léargas. Apply for national information sessions, application workshops and more!

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International TCAs and NETs

Find international opportunities currently available to Irish participants interested in Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps. Apply for international training courses, partner finding seminars and more!

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The Doorstep Mile – Supporting young people in the great outdoors wellbeing

Explore outdoor programmes and their potential to provide positive physical, social, and developmental outcomes for young people.

Deadline: 15 August 2022

Demystifying Youth Participation

Do you work with young people? Do you find it challenging to decipher the language and policy associated with youth participation and to translate it to meaningful work with young people? If yes, this training is for you!

Deadline: 14 August 2022

Erasmus+ Youth and European Solidarity Corps Project Lab

The main aim of our Project Lab is to support you and your organisation to generate your project ideas and bring them to life. The Project Lab will provide the essentials – the criteria and environment to create and develop your future projects.

Deadline: 16 August 2022

Erasmus+ Youth Accreditations / ESC Quality Label Discovery Session

Do you work with young people? Find out more about funding opportunities involving young people and youth workers in the EU

Deadline: 22 August 2022
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Erasmus+ Blogs

Principles of Writing an Erasmus+ Plan

In this blog Elva Duggan shares on how the principles of writing an Erasmus+ Plan

The Erasmus Plan and Your Strategy Journey

In the second of three posts, Elva Duggan from our Programme Support and Development Team offers advice for organisations writing an Erasmus Plan. This is based on guidance in “Go International: a practical guide on strategic internationalisation in Vocational Education and Training.”

Is Your Organisation Eligible for Erasmus Accreditation?

If you regularly carry out Erasmus Mobility projects, then you know the benefits Erasmus has for your organisation and learners. You’ve built up experience, your organisation has capacity, and you intend to get involved in 2022.  So how can you prepare to hit the ground running in the new year?  Did you know that you… Continue reading Is Your Organisation Eligible for Erasmus Accreditation?

Erasmus+: Developing Creative Partnerships in Europe

Although Peter Hussey has worked on Erasmus+ projects for some time, he has never planned or taken part in a Partnership project. He recently attended a TCA course in Berlin on getting started with Partnerships and this. By the end of the course, they had created a Strategic Partnership proposal.

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Meet The Team

Deirdre Finlay

MANAGER (01) 8871205

Siobhán Wallace

Senior Support & Development Officer, Vocational Education and Training KA2 (01) 8871230

Deirdre O’Brien

Senior Support & Development Officer, School Education KA1 & KA2 (01) 8871217

Elva Duggan

Senior Support & Development Officer, Vocational Education and Training KA1 (01) 8871225

Jemma Lee

Senior Support and Development Officer, Adult Education KA1 & KA2, Project Support KA2 (01) 8871208

Jane Carter

Inclusion & Diversity Officer, DiscoverEU Inclusion Action (01) 8871229

Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewska

Senior Support and Development Officer TCA/NET (01) 8871258

Carmel Walsh

Senior Support and Development Officer, Youth KA2, Accreditation, DiscoverEU (01) 8871202

Audrey Reilly

Support and Development Officer, Youth Exchanges, Youth Participation Activities, Youth Worker Mobility (01) 8871222

Ruth Coughlan

Support & Development Officer, School Education Mobility, Project Support all fields (01) 8871204

Dara McIntyre

Support and Development Officer, Vocational Education and Training (01) 8871213

Daniel Abels

Support & Development Officer, Youth, Project Support All Fields

Weronika Gasior

Manager (Acting) (01) 8871228

Ronan Ivory

Finance Officer, Erasmus+ Adult Education, School Education & VET (01) 8871211

Stephen Gilligan

Finance Officer, Erasmus+ Adult Education, School Education & VET (01) 8871218

Bronagh Hanlon

Finance Officer, Erasmus+ Adult Education, School Education & VET (01) 8871234

Norma Jean Kenny

Finance Officer, Erasmus+ Adult Education, School Education & VET (01) 8871226

May Diamond

Operations Officer, Erasmus+ Adult Education, School Education & VET (01) 8871215