Apply for Special Erasmus+ Funding Call ‘Partnerships for Creativity’
08 September 2020

Apply for Special Erasmus+ Funding Call ‘Partnerships for Creativity’

The European Commission has announced a special funding call under the Erasmus+ Programme, targeting the cultural and creative sectors across Europe, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis entitled Partnerships for Creativity (in the fields of youth, school education and adult education).

This call will bring together organisations in the fields of formal, informal and non-formal education together with those from the creative and cultural sectors. The aim is to stimulate European awareness and empower people of current and future generations – regardless of social and cultural background – to be successful innovators in their local environment.

This action aims to enhance skills development and competences that reinforce creativity, as well as to boost quality, innovation and recognition of youth work that support the creative potential of youth, thus contributing to the recovery resilience of the cultural and creative sectors.

The funded projects will reinforce cross-sectoral cooperation with a focus on creativity, European citizenship and cultural awareness of all citizens; through this action, the Programme can also enhance social inclusion through arts, by fostering innovative participatory and intercultural dialogue approaches linking education, training and youth stakeholders with the cultural and creative sector grassroots organisations.

Grants of up to €300,000 are available for projects involving a minimum of 3 partners from 3 eligible countries. Projects can last up to 2 years. The deadline for application is 11:00am on 29th October, 2020.  In Ireland, this call will be managed by Leargas (the National Agency for Erasmus+ in Adult Education, School Education, Vocational Education and Training, and Youth). You can find all relevant information about the call here on the Léargas website

Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Culture Office will host a short briefing webinar on this call for arts and culture organisations  at 11am on Thursday 17th September. You can register for our 'Erasmus+ Information Session' here

Who can apply for 'Partnerships for Creativity'?

  • an organization active in the cultural and creative sectors;
  • a school / institute / educational centre (at any level, from pre-school to upper secondary education, and including vocational education and adult education);
  • a public body at local, regional or national level;
  • a non-profit organization, association, NGO
  • a body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services;
  • a body validating knowledge, skills and competences acquired through non-formal and informal learning;
  • a group of young people active in youth work but not necessarily in the context of a youth organisation (i.e. informal group of young people)
  • higher education institutions.

What activities are supported?

  • activities linked to reinforce all aspects of creativity in non-formal and formal education, by enhancing the development of skills and competences;
  • measures to accelerate digital transformation and use of digital means to adapt to the way creative products, cultural goods and events are created, managed, disseminated, accessed and consumed;
  • activities to promote active citizenship and social inclusion through arts, especially among young people;
  • activities to nurture talents and foster entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship) in cultural and creative domains;
  • learning tools and resources, materials, courses and training modules to foster creativity, culture and multiculturalism;
  • artistic and cultural initiatives with an educational dimension or aimed at raising awareness on societal issues and European matters (theatre plays, exhibitions, music performances, discussion fora, etc.);
  • activities to establish or reinforce networks and new collaboration models (notably through virtual means) stimulating intercultural engagement and flourishing of creative mind-sets among citizens, in particular young people;
  • transnational mobility activities that promote learning opportunities in creative spaces and cultural heritage sites, including creative residencies for artists and creators in the fields of non-formal/formal education and youth work.

How to get started?

This call is part of the European Commission’s response to the COVID-19 crises. You can read more about this response here.

  • Read the step by step guide on the application process here.
  • Download the Erasmus+ Programme Guide (part C) and Corrigendium related to the call.
  • This special call will be managed here in Ireland by Leargas, the National Agency for the Erasmus+ Programme. 

Leargas will host the following online events to go through the application process and advise you on developing ideas for this call. Please see links for booking details:

Application Workshop, 22 September 2020  

Webinar Wednesday Four: Digital Education, 10.30-11.30am, 30 September 2020

Webinar Wednesday Five: Creativity for Change, 10.30-11.30am, 7 October 2020

Applications are made directly to Leargas. Their role in the funding process includes:

  • providing information on Erasmus+
  • selecting projects to be funded
  • monitoring and evaluating Erasmus+
  • supporting applicants and participants
  • working with other National Agencies and the EU
  • promoting Erasmus+
  • sharing success stories and best practices