Adult Education Funding

There are different funding schemes Adult Education (AE) institutions can apply for under Erasmus+.

2020 Erasmus Accreditation

2020 Erasmus Accreditation in the fields of adult education, vocational education and training, and school education – EAC/A02/2020. Accredited Erasmus organisations will gain simplified access to Key Action 1 funding opportunities under the future Programme (2021-2027)

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Erasmus accreditation is a tool for education and training organisations in adult education, vocational education and training (VET), and school education that want to open up to cross-border exchange and cooperation. Award of the Erasmus accreditation confirms that the applicant has set up a plan to implement high quality mobility activities as part of a wider effort to develop their organisation.

Interested organisations can apply for an individual Erasmus accreditation for their organisation, or for an Erasmus accreditation for mobility consortium coordinators. Previous experience in Erasmus+ (2014-2020) is not required to apply.

Accredited Erasmus organisations will gain simplified access to Key Action 1 funding opportunities under the future Programme (2021-2027)

Download the Erasmus Accreditation Brochure EN

How to apply

Access the Erasmus accreditation application form (EU Login required – you can create an account if you do not have one).

Related documents

Rules of application

Erasmus quality standards

Adult Education Institutions Eligible to Apply for Erasmus Accreditation 2020_2021

Deadline to apply 29th October 2020 – 12:00

Adult Education Staff Mobility (KA1)

Adult Education under the Mobility of individuals Key Action can be in the form of; Teaching/Training Assignments or Staff Training.  This mobility project can comprise one or more of the activities above.


Teaching/training assignments allow staff of adult education organisations to teach or provide training at a partner organisation abroad.

Staff training supports the professional development of adult education staff in the form of; participation in structured courses or training events abroad or a job shadowing/observation period abroad in any relevant organisation active in the adult education field.

Strategic Partnerships (KA2)



Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.

Depending on the objectives and the composition of the Strategic Partnership, projects may be of two types:

  • Strategic Partnerships supporting innovation. Projects are expected to develop innovative outputs, and/or engage into intensive dissemination and exploitation activities of existing and newly produced products or innovative ideas.
  • Strategic Partnerships supporting exchange of good practices. The primary goal is to allow organisations to develop and reinforce networks, increase their capacity to operate at transnational level, share and confront ideas, practices and methods.

Irrespective from the type of project chosen by the applicant and the field impacted by the project, Strategic Partnerships are open to any type of organisation active in any field of education, training and youth or other socio-economic sectors as well as to organisations carrying out activities that are cross-sectoral.

To be funded, Strategic Partnerships must address either a) at least one horizontal priority or b) at least one specific priority relevant to the field of education, training and youth that is mostly impacted.


  • Improving and extending the supply of high quality learning opportunities tailored to the needs of individual low-skilled or low-qualified adults so they acquire literacy, numeracy or digital skills, including through the validation of skills acquired through informal and non-formal learning;
  • Increasing the demand and take-up through effective outreach, guidance and motivation strategies which encourage low-skilled or low-qualified adults, to develop and upgrade their literacy, numeracy and digital skills;
  • Extending and developing educators’ competences, particularly in the effective teaching of literacy, numeracy and digital skills to low-skilled or low-qualified adults, including through the effective use of ICT.

Strategic Partnerships (KA2) in response of the Covid-19 Situation *NEW CALL

Partnerships for Creativity (in the fields of youth, school education and adult education): these projects aim aim to engage organisations in the fields of formal, informal and non-formal education, together with those from the creative and cultural sectors to stimulate European awareness and empower people of current and future generations – regardless of social and cultural background – to be successful innovators in their local environment.

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These projects reinforce cross-sectoral cooperation with a focus on creativity, European citizenship and cultural awareness of all citizens; through this action, the Programme can also enhance social inclusion through arts, by fostering innovative participatory and intercultural dialogue approaches linking education, training and youth stakeholders with the cultural and creative sector grassroots organisations.

Partnerships with the formal, informal and non-formal educational sector focusing on young people and professionals can help to address both the major societal challenges that cultural and creative sectors are facing in light of this global crisis but also the opportunities for them that the crisis has brought to the fore. Ultimately, this cross-sectoral cooperation should complement efforts to help the cultural and creative sectors recover from the crisis in terms of green, more digital and resilient recovery, thereby also
contributing to the EU’s strategic priorities.

“Partnerships for Creativity”:

  • activities linked to reinforce all aspects of creativity in non-formal and formal education, by enhancing the development of skills and competences;
  • measures to accelerate digital transformation and use of digital means to adapt to the way creative products, cultural goods and events are created, managed, disseminated, accessed and consumed;
  • activities to promote active citizenship and social inclusion through arts, especially among young people;
  • activities to nurture talents and foster entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship) in cultural and creative domains;
  • learning tools and resources, materials, courses and training modules to foster creativity, culture and multiculturalism;
  • artistic and cultural initiatives with an educational dimension or aimed at raising awareness on societal issues and European matters (theatre plays, exhibitions, music performances, discussion fora, etc.);
  • activities to establish or reinforce networks and new collaboration models (notably through virtual means) stimulating intercultural engagement and flourishing of creative mind-sets among citizens, in particular young people;
  • transnational mobility activities that promote learning opportunities in creative spaces and cultural heritage.

Virtual cooperation opportunities are key to successful Partnerships in the COVID-19 context. In particular, projects in the field of school education and adult education are strongly encouraged to use the eTwinning, the School Education Gateway and EPALE Platforms to work together before, during and after the project activities.

Applicants have to submit their grant application by 29 October at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 March and 30 June of the following year.

For further information including eligibility and award criteria please download the Corrigendum to the 2020 Erasmus+ Programme Guide