In today’s blog, I’m going to give you an overview of YOUTH SECTOR Erasmus+ accreditation.
Remember – the deadline for the youth sector is in 13 days! It’s 19 October 2022 at 12:00 (Brussels time)
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Erasmus+ YOUTH accreditation for years 2022-2027
The following Actions are supported:
- Mobility of young people
- Youth exchanges Mobility projects for youth workers
- Youth participation activities
How to access the funding?
There are two ways to apply for funding:
- Standard projects provide applicant organisations and informal groups of young people with an opportunity to implement one or several youth activities over a period of three to twenty four months. Standard projects are the best choice for organisations trying Erasmus+ for the first time, for those that wish to organise a one off project and/ or a limited number of activities.
- Accredited projects are open only to organisations holding an Erasmus accreditation in the field of youth. This special funding strand allows accredited organisations to regularly receive funding for mobility activities that contribute to the gradual implementation of their accreditation plan.
- Applicant that have previously used a PIC number (Participant Identification Code) should not register again. These applicants have automatically received an OID and are able to find it in the Organisation Registration System by following the link below. Applicants that have never participated in Erasmus+ (2014-2020) must register for an OID through the Organisation Registration System.
- Applicants must have sufficient operational and professional capacity to implement the proposed Erasmus Plan, in particular in terms of: Experience: applicants must have at least two years of experience implementing activities in the field of youth (informal education).
- Financial capacity Applicants must have stable and sufficient sources of funding to maintain their regular activities during the implementation of the proposed Erasmus Plan. However, financial capacity will not be checked as part of the selection procedure for this Call. It will be checked when the accredited organisations apply for a grant, according to the rules set in the yearly calls for proposals published by the European Commission.
- Award criteria
Quality of the applications will be assessed by assigning points out of a total of 100, based on the listed criteria and weightings. To be considered for award, applications must pass the following thresholds:
- At least 70 out of the total 100 points
- At least half of the maximum points in each of the three award criteria categories: Relevance of the organisation’s profile and experience (max. 20 points), Strategic development (max. 40 points), Quality of management and coordination (max. 40 points)
However, the more points you get the bigger the chances are you will receive the amount of grant money you apply for.
- Maximum number of awarded Erasmus accreditations
In countries where interest for Erasmus accreditations is very high, the National Agency may set a maximum number of accreditations to be awarded. If the National Agency does not set a maximum number of approved accreditations, all applications satisfying the minimum criteria set in this Call will be approved. If the National Agency sets a maximum number of approved accreditations for a given field, a ranking list of applications satisfying the minimum criteria will be established.
If your application is approved, your organisation’s Erasmus accreditation will stay valid for the duration of the future Programme (2021-2027), under the condition that your organisation keeps fulfilling the obligations defined in the Call for Erasmus accreditations. The Strategic Development that you submit in this application can cover a shorter period of three to seven years. In the application form, you can choose the length of your activities yourself by defining your objectives and estimating the number of activities you want to organise in the next years. Based on your application, the National Agency will define the timing of periodical accreditation progress reports and future updates to your plan to make sure it stays up to date. If important changes happen in your organisation, you will also be able to request a plan update yourself.
The accreditation can be terminated at any time in case the organisation ceases to exist or by agreement of the National Agency and the accredited organisation. The National Agency or the accredited organisation may unilaterally terminate the accreditation if no applications for funding have been made under that accreditation during at least three years.
- You only attach files to the application that, for example, you cannot graphically present in the application (organization structure) or you have some internal strategies that, for example, relate to the use of results/promotion strategy. You do not attach documents that duplicate what is written in the responses. For evaluators, the most important thing is what is written in the responses of the forms.