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Erasmus accreditation in the field of youth

What is the Erasmus Youth Accreditation?1

Erasmus accreditations are a tool for organisations that want to open up to cross-border exchange and cooperation, foster youth participation and support capacity building of youth workers and youth work organisations through learning mobility activities. The Erasmus Youth accreditation facilitates youth learning mobility by providing accredited organisations with a simplified and flexible alternative format for implementing activities.

In the field of youth, the Erasmus accreditation aims to:

  • Strengthen personal and professional development of young people through non-formal and informal learning mobility activities;
  • Foster the empowerment of young people, their active citizenship and participation in democratic life;
  • Foster quality development of youth work at local, regional, national, European and international level by building capacity of organisations active in the youth field and supporting the educational and professional development of youth workers;
  • Promote inclusion and diversity, intercultural dialogue, European cooperation and the values of solidarity, equal opportunities and human rights among young people in Europe.

Applicant organisations will be required to lay down their longer-term objectives and plan in terms of activities to be supported with Erasmus+ funds, expected benefits as well as their approach to project management. The award of the Erasmus Youth accreditation confirms that the applicant has appropriate and effective processes and measures in place to implement high quality learning mobility activities as planned and use them to benefit the youth field.

How does it work?

Organisations wishing to obtain the accreditation will be required to lay down their longer-term objectives and plan in terms of activities to be supported with Erasmus+ funds, expected benefits as well as their approach to project management.

Organisations can apply for an accreditation in the field of youth on a continuous basis, successful applicants for Erasmus Youth accreditation will gain simplified access to Key Action 1 opportunities in the field of youth as presented in the relevant sections of this Guide. Detailed information on the eligibility, selection and award criteria can be found in the specific call for proposals published here:

Erasmus accreditation is awarded for the period from 2021 to 2027, subject to regular monitoring and continued compliance with the accreditation’s requirements and instructions issued by the supervising National Agency.

How to access mobility opportunities with an Erasmus Accreditation?

Accredited organisations have the possibility to apply for funding (grant request) for youth mobility activities in a simplified way. Applications are based on the previously approved accreditation plan, so a detailed list and description of the planned activities is not required. Instead, the applications focus on estimating the number of activities to be implemented and number of participants involved.

The mobility activities to be implemented under this Action must follow the rules and principles laid down for each activity type in the respective sections of this Guide. Accredited organisations commit themselves to comply with the Erasmus Youth Quality standards and deliver high quality mobility activities in the field of youth.

Accredited Youth organisations are not eligible for funding under the standard Youth Exchanges and Mobility projects for youth workers. They can however take the role of partner in those projects. Exceptionally for 2021, organisations which were awarded the accreditation after the deadline for the grant request are eligible for funding under the 2nd deadline for standard Youth Exchanges and Mobility projects for youth workers.

Eligibility criteria

The general criteria below apply for grant requests.

Eligible applicants

Organisation holding a valid  Erasmus Youth accreditation at the application deadline

Eligible activities

  • Youth Exchanges
  •  Youth workers professional development activities

Additionally, the following activities can be implemented:

  • Preparatory visits

Description and eligibility criteria for each of these activities are defined under the relevant sections of this Guide.

Duration of project

All accredited projects will have an initial duration of 15 months. After 12 months, all beneficiaries will have the possibility to prolong their project to a total duration of 24 months.

Where to apply?

To the National Agency of the country in which the applicant organisation is established

When to apply?

Applicants have to submit their grant applications by the following dates:

11 May at 12:00:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting on 1 August of the same year.

How to apply?

Please see part C of this Guide for details on how to apply.

Other criteria

An accredited organisation can apply only once per call.

A declaration of honour of the legal representative must be annexed to the application form.

Budget allocation

The awarded grant amount will depend on a number of elements:

  • the total budget available for allocation to accredited applicants
  • the requested activities
  • the minimum and maximum grant
  • the following allocation criteria: financial performance, qualitative performance, policy priorities and thematic areas addressed by the activities applied for, and geographical balance (if applied by the National Agency)

Detailed rules on basic and maximum grant, scoring of the allocation criteria, weighting of each criterion, the allocation method, and the budget available for accredited projects will be published by the National Agency ahead of the call deadline.

  • 1 The main budget of this Action is allocated to support transnational activities involving organisations and participants from Programme Countries. However, around 25% of the budget available can fund international mobility activities including organisations and participants from Programme and Partner Countries neighbouring the EU (regions 1 to 4; see section "Eligible countries" in Part A of this Guide).
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