What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs from 2014 till the end of 2020 with a total budget of 14.7 billion euro. Within Erasmus+ there are different sections: one for education and training, one for sport and one for youth projects.

What is Youth in Action?

The youth section of Erasmus+ is called Youth in Action. It funds projects for and by young people and youth organisations. It has a separate budget and specific project possibilities.

What do Erasmus+ and Youth in Action aim for?

Erasmus+ funds projects in education, training and non-formal learning that support personal development, help people gain competences and increase their employability. The programme supports innovative types of cooperation and the exchange of good practices. It also funds policy reform.

For young people and the youth sector (non-formal learning) the programme sets out the following objectives:

  • To improve young people’s competences and skills, especially for young people with fewer opportunities, and to promote their active participation in society and the labour market.
  • To improve the quality of youth work.
  • To support and strengthen youth policy at local, regional and national level and to support the recognition of non-formal learning.
  • To increase the international dimension in youth activities and in the work of youth organisations and youth workers.

Where can I apply for funding for my project?

  • Two National Agencies implement Erasmus+ in Flanders, Belgium.
    • JINT vzw is the Flemish National Agency for Youth in Action.
    • EPOS vzw is the Flemish National Agency for Education and Training.
  • Applications in the field of sport are dealt with centrally by the Executive Agency of the European Commission (EACEA).
  • If you are an International Non-Governmental Youth Organisation (INGYO), please read the information below.

Find more information in English on the Erasmus+ website of the European Commission.

For International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations (INGYO's)

Starting from 2014, youth projects of INGYO’s have to apply at the National Agencies and no longer at the Executive Agency (EACEA).
In order to facilitate this, funding that was previously centralised at the EACEA has been distributed to all programme countries according to the usual budget distribution keys. This means that INGYO’s or their member organisations can apply for project grants to all National Agencies as long as the applicant is legally established in the country were it applies. It is possible for an INGYO to be partner in the project of one of their member organisations.

Please note that the Belgian National Agencies DO NOT replace the EACEA and that INGYO’s have to follow Belgian procedures.  This means that organisations must apply to the National Agency of the Community where they are located
For example: an organisation located in Liege  has to apply to BIJ, an organisation from Antwerp  to JINT,  an organisation from Eupen to Jugendbüro.
Organisations based in Brussels can apply either to BIJ OR to JINT, knowing that JINT will handle the application in Dutch and English and BIJ in French and English.

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