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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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.

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Deadlines

February

23rd

Erasmus+ Youth Mobility Deadline Summer 2023

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

February

23rd

Erasmus+ Mobility Deadline Spring 2023

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

March

22nd

Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnerships Deadline Spring 2023

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

October

4th

Erasmus+ DiscoverEU Inclusion Deadline Autumn 2023

Apply by 11:00am Irish time

October

19th

Erasmus+ Accreditation Deadline 2023

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

BiTriMulti Training Course

This is an international training course (TCA) taking place in Ireland 06-10 March 2023. It is for people working with young people who would like to develop Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges.

Deadline: 2 December 2022

European YouthFest

Join us at European YouthFest, to celebrate the learning of young people who took part in European Programme activities in 2022.

Deadline: 3 December 2022

Erasmus+ Sports Information Session

Join us at an information session all about the new Erasmus+ Sport action, ‘Mobility of Staff in the Field of Sport’. This event takes place on 06 December.

Deadline: 6 December 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

Head of Education & Training Development Team (01) 8871205

Celine Martin

Head of Youth, Sport & ESC Development (01) 8871255

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

Carmel Walsh

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

Jane Carter

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

Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewska

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

Marion Garnaud

TCA/NET Administration Officer (01) 8871251

Audrey Reilly

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

Urszula Gamarra

Support & Development Officer, Partnerships, KA2 (01) 8871253

Mila Popovic

Support & Development Officer, Vocational Education & Training, KA1 (01) 8871252

Dara McIntyre

Support and Development Officer, School Education, KA1 (01) 8871213

Daniel Abels

Support & Development Officer, Youth, Project Support All Fields (01) 8871257

Weronika Gasior

Head of Operations and Finance Team (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