Erasmus+, Let’s Talk About Partnerships!

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Erasmus+ strengthens its efforts to increase the opportunities offered to more participants and to a wider range of organisations.  It specifically focuses on its qualitative impact, contributing to more inclusive and cohesive, greener and digitally fit societies. Strengthening European identity and the participation of young people in democratic processes is of paramount importance for the European Union's future. These aspects can also be targeted through non-formal learning activities, which aim at enhancing the skills and competencies of young people as well as encouraging their own, active citizenship.

What Erasmus+ Supports 

Erasmus+ supports the transnational and international cooperation between organisations in the fields of education, training, youth and sport.  We believe that the Programme is essential for empowering people with more key competencies, reducing early school leaving and recognising competencies acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning. The Programme facilitates the circulation of ideas and the transmission of best practices and expertise and the development of digital capabilities therefore contributing to a high-quality education while strengthening social cohesion.  

Erasmus+ Partnerships 

 Two types of partnerships are offered to organisations to work, learn and grow together: 

  • Cooperation Partnerships. 
  • Small-Scale Partnerships. 

These partnerships enable participating organisations to gain experience in international cooperation and to strengthen their capacity. They also help to produce high-quality, innovative deliverables. This of course depends on the objectives of the Erasmus+ 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.  

Cooperation Partnerships 

Cooperation Partnerships allow organisations to do the following:  

  • Increase the quality and relevance of their activities. 
  • Develop and reinforce their networks of partners. 
  • Increase their capacity to operate jointly at transnational level.  
  • Boost internationalisation of their activities through exchanging or developing new practices and methods
  • Share and challenge ideas.

Small-Scale Partnerships 

Small-scale partnerships are designed to widen access to the programme to small-scale organisations 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 partnership aims to reach out to grassroots organisations, less experienced organisations and newcomers to the Programme, reducing entry barriers to Erasmus+ for organisations with smaller organisational capacity.  

This also supports flexible formats allowing organisations to have more means to reach out to people with fewer opportunities. Small-scale partnerships can also contribute to the creation and development of transnational networks and to fostering synergies with and between local, regional, national and international policies. 

Find out more about the different Erasmus+ partnerships by talking to an expert at TravelEdventures here.