Erasmus+KA2 - Capacity Building in the field of youth

This is an EU grant for the organisation of transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of youth, education, training and socio-economic sectors in Programme and Partner Countries.

Capacity Building projects should carry out activities:
- promoting strategic cooperation between youth organisations on the one hand and public authorities in Partner Countries on the other hand;
- promoting the cooperation between youth organisations and organisations in the education and training fields as well as with representatives of business and the labour market;
- raising the capacities of youth councils, youth platforms and local, regional and national authorities dealing with youth in Partner Countries;
- enhancing the management, governance, innovation capacity and internationalisation of youth organisations in Partner Countries;
- launching, testing and implementing youth work practices;
- developing new forms of practical training schemes and simulation of real-life cases in society;
- developing new forms of youth work, strategic use of open and flexible learning, virtual mobility, open educational resources (OER) and better exploitation of the ICT potential;
- developing cooperation, networking and peer-learning activities fostering efficient management, internationalisation and leadership of youth work organisations.


Capacity-building activities
- activities encouraging the policy dialogue, cooperation, networking and exchanges of practices in the field of youth, such as conferences, workshops and meetings;
- large-scale youth events;
- information and awareness campaigns;
- development of information, communication and media tools;
- development of youth work methods, tools and materials, as well as youth work curricula, training modules and documentation instruments such as Youthpass;
- creation of new forms of delivering youth work and providing training and support, notably through open and flexible learning materials, virtual cooperation and open educational resources (OER).


Mobility activities (are compulsory under Civil Society Fellowships for Youth. For all other types of Capacity building projects, they are optional)
- Youth Exchanges between Programme and eligible Partner Countries;
- Mobility of youth workers between Programme and eligible Partner Countries;
- Volunteering activities from/to eligible Partner Countries;

For detailed activities for Youth Exchanges and Mobility of youth workers please check part B of the guidelines.

Volunteering activities
Volunteering activities allow young people aged 17-30 to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary service in another country. Young volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations dealing with youth information and policies, young people's personal and socio-educational development, civic engagement, social care, inclusion of disadvantaged, environment, non-formal education programmes, ICTs and media literacy, culture and creativity, development cooperation, etc. Volunteers can do their voluntary service either individually or in group. 

Types of capacity-building projects
Capacity Building projects are transnational and involve minimum three participating organisations from three different countries, of which at least one is a Programme Country and one is an eligible Partner Country.

Between youth organisations in Programme Countries and youth organisations in:

  1. Other Partner Countries 
  2. Partner Countries from the Western Balkans
  3. The Eastern Partnership Partner Countries
    • Civil Society Fellowships for Youth 
    • Partnership for Entrepreneurship

4.  The South-Mediterranean Partner Countries

Project Type 1 - capacity-building projects between Programme Countries and Other Partner Countries, from Regions 5-14, (the applicant must be established in a Programme Country and applies on behalf of all organisations involved in the project. Other types of organisations can be involved as partners, not as applicants).
Project Type 2 - capacity-building projects between Programme Countries and Partner Countries from the Western Balkans, Region 1, Western Balkans Youth Window projects (the applicant must be established in the Western Balkans).
Project Type 3 - capacity-building projects between Programme Countries and the Eastern Partnership Partner Countries, Region 2, Partnership Youth Window projects, (the applicant must be established in an Eastern Partnership country. In addition to the types of eligible applicant organisations, private companies, including social enterprises are eligible applicants.
There are 2 different types of activities within the Project Type 3
- Civil Society Fellowship for youth: Inclusive and participatory projects will strengthen the capacity of youth organisations and youth workers to build constructive relations with a variety of partners, including public bodies and civil society organisations.
- Partnership for Entrepreneurship: projects will promote youth entrepreneurship education and social entrepreneurship among young people through transnational non-formal learning projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations working in the mentioned areas, including business.
Project Type 4 - capacity-building projects between Programme Countries and Tunisia (the applicant must be established in Tunisia).

The projects under the three Windows - Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership countries, Tunisia- mentioned above are submitted by organisations based in one of the respective Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU under the specific Window and may include partner organisations from other countries from the same region.

Projects funded under one of the Windows may not involve participating organisations/participants from other Neighbouring regions.      

Projects should last for a minimum of 9 months and a maximum of 2 years.
Maximum grant awarded is: 150 000 EUR

Participating organisations can be any public or private organisation, established in a Programme Country or in a Partner Country from an eligible partner country.


Who can apply
Any non-profit organisation, association, NGO (including European Youth NGOs), national Youth Council, public body at local, regional or national level established
- in a Programme Country, for projects between Programme Countries and Other Partner Countries from Regions 5 to 14;
- in the Western Balkans (Region 1), for Western Balkans Youth Window projects;
- in an Eastern Partnership country, for Eastern Partnership Youth Window; (in addition to the types of eligible applicant organisations mentioned here above, private companies, including social enterprises)
- in Tunisia, for Tunisia Youth Window projects.

Applications should be submitted applications to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency  (EACEA) by: 24 January 2019, 12:00 (midday Brussels time), for projects starting between 1st August and 31 st December of the same year.

Interested organisations should read the full details in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

For further support, they should contact the National Agency in their country.

Individuals seeking to apply should contact their organisation, institution, or educational establishment.

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