EU funding changes spread the net wider

While most people know Erasmus as an EU fund that supports student exchanges, the Erasmus Plus programme also enables organisations across Europe to work together on training and eduction-based projects that focus on EU priorities, such as those at the core of EurAV’s work – Media Literacy, Climate Action and Social Inclusion. Newly announced changes to who can apply for this funding seem aimed to ensure that the funds are spread widely and appropriately.

There are two funding strands that mainly concern organisations whose work is focused in this area – Cooperation Partnerships and Small Scale Partnerships. The first of these backs larger projects with experienced partners. The second, as the name implies, funds smaller projects with as few as two partners and with an emphasis on newcomers or the less experienced.

In light of recent changes to the application criteria, we’ve put together a two-page document giving an overview of each funding strand and identifying the key differences.

“I think that this will lead to a more widespread distribution of funds and direct newer organisations to Small Scale Partnerships as a stepping stone to Cooperation Partnerships,” commented Declan Cassidy, Executive Director of EurAV. “With organisations unable to be part of more than 10 applications in anyone round, I imagine that it will also raise the quality of the applications and make organisations decide, more carefully, which applications they wish to be a part of. For an organisation like EurAV, it’s a welcome development.”

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