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.

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Deadlines

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.

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.

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.

 

Next Steps

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Come to an Information Session

We hold information sessions and application workshops before each deadline

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Submit a Project Outline Form

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.

 

 

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Key Events

Erasmus+ Youth Mobility Application Webinar

This online application clinic is for those planning an Erasmus+ Youth Exchange, Youth Worker Mobility, or a Youth Participation Project under the February 2022 deadline. It takes place online on 19 January 2022.

Deadline: 19 January 2022

Power to you(th) Training Course for Youth Workers

Are you a youth worker? ‘Power to you(th)’ is a blended learning experience taking place 30 March-02 April. It explores how to meaningfully engage young people in youth-led activities. Apply by 21 January!

Deadline: 21 January 2022

G- PAC: Green partnerships for cooperation

This online training course combines contact-making elements and is a great way to prepare for a Partnership for Cooperation on the theme of the environment. Apply by 23 January.

Deadline: 23 January 2022

Erasmus+ Youth & European Solidarity Corps Discovery Day

Do you work with young people? Have you heard of European programmes but are not sure where to start? This workshop is for you! Join us online on 27 January for our Erasmus+ Youth and European Solidarity Corps Discovery Day!

Deadline: 27 January 2022

School Education Online Contact Seminar on Media Literacy and Disinformation

This contact seminar is ideal for School Education staff planning an Erasmus+ project on the theme of digital transformation or media literacy and disinformation. It takes place online 16 & 17 February 2022. Apply by 28 January!

Deadline: 28 January 2022

Erasmus+ KA1 Short-Term Projects Application Clinic for Schools and Adult Education

This Erasmus+ School Education and Adult Education application clinic is for anyone interested in applying for funding under Erasmus+. It takes place online on 02 February 2022.

Deadline: 2 February 2022

Latest Erasmus+ News

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Meet The Team

Siobhán Wallace

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

Deirdre O’Brien

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

Carmel Walsh

Senior Support & Development Officer, Youth (01) 8871202

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

Weronika Gasior

Senior Operations & Finance Officer, Erasmus+ & European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871228

Emmanuelle Place

Finance Officer, Erasmus+ Youth & European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871207

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