School Education Funding

Funding schemes for School Education (SE) institutions that can be applied for fall under two categories: Decentralised funds or Centralised funds. Decentralised activities are run by the Maltese National Agency (MT NA) which means that organisations apply directly to us for funding. Centralised activities are run by the European Commission’s Executive Agency in Brussels but the MT NA is still available to guide and provide information to applicants when applying.

School Education shall be defined as:

  • Any form of formal and non-formal education from pre-school, pre-primary, primary, middle, secondary to post-secondary provided to students up to MQF Level 4.
  • Educators and pupils in state, church or independent schools or any other relevant institutions recognised by the Ministry for Education can participate in this key action.

Click here to see the full list of eligible organisations.

Mobility For Pupils and Staff in School Education (KA1)

This action supports schools and other organisations active in the field of school education that want to organise learning mobility activities for school pupils and staff.

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A wide range of activities are supported, including:

  • job shadowing and professional development courses for staff;
  • individual and group mobility for pupils, invited experts;
  • and other activities

The participating organisations should actively promote inclusion and diversity, environmental sustainability and digital education through their activities.

Short-term projects for mobility of pupils and staff:

Provide applicant organisations with an opportunity to organise various mobility activities over a period of six to eighteen months. Short-term projects are the best choice for organisations trying Erasmus+ for the first time, or for those that wish to organise only a limited number of

Accredited projects for mobility of pupils and staff:

Are open only to organisations holding an Erasmus accreditation in the field of school education. This special funding strand allows accredited organisations to regularly receive funding for mobility activities that contribute to the gradual implementation of their Erasmus Plan. Erasmus accreditations are open to all organisations that want to organise mobility activities on a regular basis. Previous experience in the Programme is not required to apply. To find out more about this opportunity, please read the chapter of this guide on Erasmus accreditation in the fields of adult education, vocational education and training, and school education.

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

In this the objects of the strand in this sector are as follows:

  • Tackling learning disadvantage, early school leaving and low proficiency in basic skills;
  • Supporting teachers, school leaders and other teaching professions;
  • Development of key competences;
  • Promoting a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning;
  • Promoting interest and excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the STEAM approach;
  • Developing high quality early childhood education and care systems and;
  • Recognition of learning outcomes for participants in cross-border learning mobility
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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.


  • 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;


  • Project management
  • Implementation activities
  • Sharing and promotion activities


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.


  • 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

Erasmus Accreditation

The 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)

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

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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

Schools Eligible to Apply for Erasmus Accreditation 2020_2021

List of Organisations Holding an Erasmus Accreditation – School Education

Deadline to apply 19th October 2022 – 12:00


The European Language Label is an award encouraging new initiatives in the field of teaching and learning languages, the rewarding of new techniques in language teaching, and spreading the knowledge of languages’ existence, thereby promoting good practice. The next call for ELL will be in 2019. For more information please click here.


eTwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and, in short, feel and be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.  For more information please click here.

Eligible Schools and other Institutions

1. The list of local/regional school authorities eligible as consortium leaders for Key Action 1: Mobility of School Education Staff;

2. The list of other school coordination bodies (if any) eligible as consortium leaders for Key Action 1: Mobility of School Education Staff;

3.  The list of schools (if any) eligible as consortium leaders for Key Action 1: Mobility of School Education Staff;

4.  The list of schools eligible as sending and receiving organisations for Key Action 1: Mobility of School Education Staff and as coordinators and partners for Key Action 2: School Exchange Partnerships.

European Innovative Teaching Award 

The European Innovative Teaching Award is an initiative launched in 2021 established by the Commission Communication on achieving the European Education Area by 2025. 

The objectives of the Award are to

  • celebrate the achievements of teachers and schools and to give credit to their work
  • identify and promote outstanding teaching and learning practices
  • use the prize as a means for mutual learning
  • highlight the value of the Erasmus+ programme to European teacher collaboration and the establishment of the European Education Area.

The Award will focus on school education, including early childhood education and care and vocational education and training (VET) schools. 

Click here to view the full specifications highlighting the description and scope, the eligibility and selection criteria, the selection process and EITA’s thematic priority for 2022 and the award criteria.

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