Apply for youth mobility funding

Organisations working with young people outside the formal education sector can apply to the youth strand. Funds are given to support activity called learning mobility which is a planned learning activity in another country.

This part of Key Action 1 is managed by Ecorys UK as part of the UK National Agency.

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What mobility activities are possible?

There are three types of learning mobility activities for youth: youth exchanges; European Voluntary Service (EVS); and training/networking for youth workers. One or more activities can be combined into a mobility project, with a UK organisation or in some cases, an informal group of young people, working in partnership with one or more organisations from the Erasmus+ participating countries.

Overall, projects last one to two years. For young people this could mean up to a year abroad as a volunteer, while for youth workers it could be as little as two days abroad on training.

Youth exchanges

Youth exchanges allow groups of young people (aged 13 to 30) from different countries to meet and live together for up to 21 days. During a youth exchange, participants work together on a chosen topic through a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities etc. designed and prepared by them before the exchange.

Volunteering abroad – European Voluntary Service

This activity allows young people aged 17-30 to take part in unpaid and full-time voluntary service for up to 12 months in another country within or outside the European Union. Young volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations and bring community benefit, as well as develop their own skills. Voluntary service may take place in health and social care, environmental conservation or other community projects.

An EVS project can include between 1 and 30 volunteers who can do their voluntary service either individually or in a group. To send or host volunteers through EVS, organisations will need to apply for EVS accreditation which includes signing up to the EVS Charter. If you are planning on including 17 year old volunteers in your project please contact us prior to the application deadline, as there are Child Protection requirements to discuss, before project approval.

Strategic EVS

Strategic EVS supports experienced EVS co-ordinating organisations to develop projects that generate systemic impact on a local, regional, national or European level, making strategic use of EVS activities to address an identified challenge. There is a focus on raising awareness of the value of volunteering for young people and communities, and strengthening the recognition of skills and competences gained. Strategic EVS is aimed at experienced co-ordinators of EVS projects, so we recommend that organisations should only consider applying if they have managed large numbers of EVS volunteers (at least 20) and have submitted a final report for their Erasmus+ EVS project with a good-quality score of 70 or more.    

Training and networking for youth workers

This activity supports the professional development of youth workers when they take part in:

  • seminars, training courses, contact-making events and study visits;
  • a job shadowing/observation period abroad in an organisation active in the youth field.

If you have not applied for funding before, please visit our before you apply page for more information. Please also read the Youthpass webpage for information on how to recognise the activities of those taking part in this Key Action 1.

Who can apply?

UK organisations active in the youth field can participate in a youth mobility project. Informal groups of young people are also eligible to apply for funding under this Key Action.

How to apply

There is one remaining deadline for youth funding in 2017, on 4 October (Round 3) at 11am (UK time). 

The application form for youth mobility is available online and must be completed in your web browser. You can download guidance notes (883 KB) to help you complete your application. You can also register for our live Key Action 1 application support webinars.

For Strategic EVS, the application eForm (269 KB) is available to download, along with guidance notes (800 KB) to help applicants to complete the form.

Who should I contact?

If your question is about Key Action 1 youth, please contact Ecorys UK by email or telephone 0121 212 8947.

If you have questions about Key Action 2 youth or Key Action 3, please contact the British Council by email or telephone 0161 957 7755.