Erasmus+ Partnerships for Cooperation
The European Union programme Erasmus+ funds education, training and youth Partnership projects in organisations across Europe as part of Key Action 2. This funding is to help increase the quality and relevance of their activities, to develop networks, to boost internationalisation and to transfer innovative practices. Partnership projects should produce results and learning that are re-usable, transferable, and that can be scaled up.
There are two types of Erasmus+ Partnership project, Cooperation Partnerships and Small-scale Partnerships. This page explains how an organisation can use Partnership projects and how to get involved. You can then sign up to our newsletter or come to an information session to find out more.
If you want to apply for funding, you will need to be familiar with the Erasmus+ priorities. You will also need to read the Key Action 2 section of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide to understand the programme rules.
And remember, some of the terms we use can seem overwhelming at first, so check out our Jargonbuster page for a handy glossary!
What is a Partnership Project?
A partnership project is where an organisation works with other relevant groups in different countries to exchange ideas or 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. The project should address at least one of the Erasmus+ priorities.
Who Can Take Part in a Partnership Project?
There are two types of partnership project:
- Cooperation Partnerships
- Small-scale Partnerships
Cooperation Partnerships are suitable for experienced organisations or larger-scale projects. Small-scale Partnerships have shorter durations and simpler administration. They are ideal for grassroots organisations or newcomers to Erasmus+.
Any public or private organisation established in an Erasmus+ Programme Country can apply.
What Happens in a Partnership Project?
Partnership projects help organisations to:
- Increase quality in their work, activities or practices
- Build capacity to work transnationally and across sectors
- Address common needs and priorities in education, training and youth
- Enable transformation and change, leading to improvements and new approaches at individual, organisational or sectoral level.
A partnership project could be:
- An Adult Education organisation working with expert organisations to develop an innovative training course
- A school working with other schools to develop its approach to digital learning.
What is the Funding for a Partnership Project?
Erasmus+ funding can be used for:
- Project management and implementation – for preparing and carrying out the project
- Transnational project meetings – for travel and subsistence costs arising from participation in meetings
- Project results – producing deliverables
- Multiplier events – for hosting seminars, conferences and ‘dissemination’ events
- Training activities – to support project implementation
- Inclusion support – to enable people with fewer opportunities to take part
- Exceptional costs – for a financial guarantee, or travel to/from geographically remote areas.
There is no set amount of funding for a Partnership project, but Small-scale Partnerships generally have lower budgets than Cooperation Partnerships. The level of funding is decided by the quality of the project planned, and the amount of funding available. See Guide to Your Funding for budget allocations in 2021.
How Do We Set Up a Project?
All Partnership projects have four stages, that you must outline clearly in your application.
- Planning – Define the needs, objectives, activities, outcomes and schedule
- Preparation – Plan the activities, develop the work programme and practical arrangements, formalise agreements with partners
- Implementation – Carry out the activities
- Follow-up – Evaluate the impact, share and encourage use of the project results.
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Send us an outline of your project for additional guidance before you apply. Project Outline forms are available in the weeks coming up to the deadline.
What Happens Next?
Once the project is planned, the organisation can submit an online application before the deadline. The application requires a lot of detail and organisations should allocate at least six weeks to plan and write it.
Léargas evaluate applications using strict Erasmus+ criteria. We contact applicants with our decision three months after the deadline. If your project is funded, the organisation receives a large proportion of the funding at the start of the project. The organisation then carries out the project and submits a Final Report on its progress. The remainder of the funding is paid when this Final Report is approved.
Read our section on Applying for Erasmus+ Partnerships for more detail on the application process.