What is the Aim of a Small-Scale Partnership?

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An Erasmus+ Small-Scale Partnership is transnational and involves a minimum of two organisations from two different EU Member States or third countries associated with the Erasmus+ Programme. There is no maximum number of participating organisations in one partnership.

What Small-Scale Partnerships Are Designed For 

 Small-Scale Partnerships are designed to widen access to the Erasmus+ 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 Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnerships, this action aims at reaching out to grassroots organisations, less experienced organisations and newcomers to the Programme, reducing entry barriers for organisations with smaller organisational capacity.  

How to Be Considered for Small-Scale Partnership Funding 

To be considered for funding, Small-Scale Partnerships must address either at least one horizontal priority and/or at least one specific priority relevant to the field of education, training, youth and sport that would be mostly impacted. Specifically, these partnerships are for projects in the fields of vocational education and training, school education, adult education and youth managed by the Erasmus+ National Agencies. 

This type of action will also support 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. 

Project Duration 

The duration of the project is between 6 and 24 months. The duration must be specified at application stage, based on the objectives of the project and on the type of activities planned over time. 

In exceptional cases, the duration of a Small-Scale Partnership may be extended, upon request of the beneficiary and with the agreement of the National Agency, with up to 6 months. 

Small-Scale Partnerships may include the organisation of transnational learning, teaching and training activities of individuals and groups of individuals, in so far as they bring added value in the achievement of the project's objectives. 

Considering that Small-Scale Partnerships are an instrument for inclusion and access of newcomers and less experienced organisations to the programme, the level of information required to apply for a grant under this type of action is simple, while ensuring compliance with EU Financial Regulation rules. Therefore, the project description should include: 

  • Objectives. 
  • Proposed activities. 
  • Expected results. 

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