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 2021 in Guide to Your Funding.


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.


Steps to Erasmus+


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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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.

Find an Event

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

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.

Find an Event

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

Deadlines 2021



Erasmus+ Mobility Deadline Spring 2021

Mobility for learners and staff in the fields of Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth. Deadline is 11:00am Irish time.



Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnerships Deadline Spring 2021

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



Erasmus+ Mobility Deadline Autumn 2021

Erasmus+ Mobility projects in Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth, 11:00am Irish time



Erasmus+ Accreditation Deadline 2021

Adult Education, School Education and VET Deadline is 11:00am Irish time.



Erasmus+ Small-Scale Partnerships Deadline 2021

Erasmus+ Small-Scale Partnership projects in Adult Education, School Education, VET and Youth, 11:00am Irish time



Erasmus+ Youth Accreditation Deadline 2021

Youth Deadline is 11:00am Irish time.

Key Events

Language competences in the European Education Area

Celebrate the European Day of Languages with an event focused on boosting foreign language learning. This event takes place from 11:00am Irish time on 27 September.

Deadline: 27 September 2021

Erasmus+ Accreditation Call Application Webinar

This Application webinar is for organisations preparing applications for the 19 October 2021 Erasmus+ Accreditation Call in the fields of Vocational Education, Adult Education and School Education.

Deadline: 28 September 2021

Among Others – Webinar 3: Life after Among Others

The Life after Among Others webinar will take place 14 October. This is the third of a series of 3 interactive webinars leading up to the Among Others annual international seminar.

Deadline: 30 September 2021

Connector 6.0

Connecting the world by non-formal digital learning. The Romanian NA started organizing Connector in 2014, aiming that the event – focused on sharing and experiencing non-formal learning methods – would become, a European reference point in this area.

Deadline: 3 October 2021

Erasmus+ KA2 Content Application Clinic for Cooperation Partnerships

This event is targeted at those preparing Erasmus+ KA2 Cooperation Partnerships applications in the fields of Vocational Training, Schools and Youth under the 03 November 2021 deadline. It takes place online on 06 October.

Deadline: 6 October 2021

Erasmus+: Mobility of School Pupils in KA1

This contact seminar is intended for representatives of school education organisations (accredited and non-accredited), such as school leaders, project coordinators or teachers who are strongly interested in implementing pupil mobilities in KA1 projects in Erasmus+ Programme.

Deadline: 8 October 2021

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 the new programme in 2021.  So how can you prepare to hit the ground running in the new year?  Did… 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.


Meet The Team

Deirdre Finlay

MANAGER (01) 8871205

Siobhán Wallace

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

Elva Duggan

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

Jane Carter

Inclusion & Diversity Officer

Carmel Walsh

Senior Support & Development Officer, Erasmus+ TCAs & EU Solidarity Corps NET (01) 8871202

Denise Shannon

Senior Support & Development Officer KA1, Adult Education, KA2, Adult Education & Youth (01) 8871213

Deirdre O’Brien

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

Audrey Reilly

Support & Development Officer, Youth Exchanges, Project Support All Fields (01) 8871222

Ruth Coughlan

Support & Development Officer, Youth Worker Mobility, Project Support all fields (01) 8871204

Tomás Bulnes

Support & Development Officer, Vocational Education & Training/School Education (01) 8871258

Weronika Gasior

Senior Operations & Finance Officer, Erasmus+ & European Solidarity Corps (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

Iuliana Niculescu

Operations Officer, Erasmus+ Adult Education, School Education & VET (01) 8871216