Adult Education Funding

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

Adult Education shall be defined as:

Education for adult learners, particularly for individuals at risk, and staff working with adult learners aspiring to further develop their abilities, enrich their knowledge with the purpose to complete a level of formal education, or to acquire knowledge, basic skills and additional competencies.

Eligible adult learners are low skilled individuals who did not go beyond MQF level 3 (i.e.: secondary level education).

Furthermore, adult education funding also applies to low digitally skilled learners who do not possess a recent ECDL certification or equivalent reflecting updates in IT over the last 5 years.

Click here to see the full list of eligible organisations.

MOBILITY FOR LEARNERS AND STAFF IN ADULT EDUCATION (KA1)

This action supports adult education providers and other organisations active in the field of adult education that want to organise learning mobility activities for adult learners and education staff. The participating organisations should actively promote inclusion and diversity, environmental sustainability and digital education.

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The actions supports activities such as

  • Job shadowing and professional development courses for staff
  • Individual and group mobility of adult learners with fewer opportunities
  • invited experts

This action is split into two project types:

  • Short-term projects for mobility of learners and staff

This project type is highly recommended for organisations that trying out Erasmus + for the first time and want to organise limited activities. The applicant organisation is able to organise mobility activities over over a period of six to eighteen months.

  • Accredited projects for mobility of learners and staff

Accreditation is a specialised strand, participating organisation are two develop an Erasmus plan which they will gradually implement over time and is part of a special funding strand that is open only to them. Accredited organisations then apply for funding based on their Erasmus plan.

COOPERATION AMONG ORGANISATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS (KA2)

This action enables participating organisations to gain experience in international cooperation and to strengthen their capacities, but also to produce high-quality innovative deliverables. Depending on the objectives of the project, the participating organisations involved, or the expected impact, among other elements, Partnerships for Cooperation can be of different sizes and scope, and adapt their activities accordingly. The qualitative assessment of these projects will be proportional to the objectives of the cooperation and the nature of the organisations involved.

Based on this logic, two types of partnerships are offered to organisations to work, learn and grow together:

  • Cooperation Partnerships
  • Small-scale Partnerships
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COOPERATION PARTNERSHIPS

The primary goal of Cooperation Partnerships is to allow organisations to increase the quality and relevance of their activities, to develop and reinforce their networks of partners, to increase their capacity to operate jointly at transnational level, boosting internationalisation of their activities and through exchanging or developing new practices and methods as well as sharing and confronting ideas.

OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTION

  • Increasing quality in the work, activities and practices of organisations and institutions involved, opening up to new actors, not naturally included within one sector;
  • Building capacity of organisations to work transnationally and across sectors;
  • Addressing common needs and priorities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport;
  • Enabling transformation and change (at individual, organisational or sectoral level), leading to improvements and new approaches, in proportion to the context of each organisation;

WHICH ACTIVITIES ARE TYPICALLY CARRIED OUT BY PARTNERSHIPS FOR COOPERATION?

  • Project management
  • Implementation activities
  • Sharing and promotion activities

SMALL-SCALE PARTNERSHIPS

Small-scale Partnerships are designed to widen access to the programme to small-scale actors and individuals who are hard to reach in the fields of school education, adult education, vocational education and training, youth and sport. With lower grant amounts awarded to organisations, shorter duration and simpler administrative requirements compared to the Cooperation Partnerships, this action aims at reaching out to grassroots organisations, less experienced organisations and newcomers to the Programme, reducing entry barriers to the programme for organisations with smaller organisational capacity.

OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTION

  • Attract and widen access for newcomers, less experienced organisations and small-scale actors to the
  • These partnerships should act as a first step for organisations into cooperation at European level.
  • Support the inclusion of target groups with fewer opportunities
  • Support active European citizenship and bring the European dimension to the local level

In addition, the main objectives of Cooperation Partnerships also apply to Small-sсale Partnerships, proportionally to the scope and volume of each project:

  • Increasing quality in the work and practices of the organisations and institutions involved, opening up to new actors not naturally included within one sector;
  • Building capacity of organisations to work transnationally and across sectors;
  • Addressing common needs and priorities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport;
  • Enabling transformation and change (at individual, organisational or sectoral level), leading to improvements, in proportion to the context of each organisation;

Erasmus Accreditation

The Erasmus accreditation is a tool for organisations in vocational education and training (VET), school education and adult 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. This plan is called an Erasmus Plan and it is a key part of the application for Erasmus accreditation. Accredited Erasmus organisations will gain simplified access to Key Action 1 funding opportunities under the future Programme (2021-2027)

Click here to view the rules of budget allocation for accredited applicants under Erasmus+ Key Action 1.

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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 19 October at 12:00 (midday Brussels time)