Small-scale partnerships in vocational education and training

Small-scale partnerships are designed for local and less experienced organisations and newcomers to the Programme. Compared to Cooperation Partnerships, these projects are shorter and have simpler administrative requirements, reducing entry barriers to the programme for organisations with smaller organisational capacity.

What are the objectives of these projects?


Some of the main objectives are:

  • Attract and widen access for newcomers, less experienced organisations and small-scale actors to the programme. These partnerships should act as a first step for organisations into cooperation at European level;
  • Support the inclusion of target groups with fewer opportunities;
  • Support active European citizenship and bring the European dimension to the local level.

In addition, the main objectives of Cooperation Partnerships also apply to Small-ssale Partnerships in vocational education and training:

  • Increasing quality in the work and practices of the organisations and institutions involved, opening up to new actors in different sectors;
  • Building capacity of organisations to work transnationally and across sectors;
  • Addressing common needs and priorities in a given field;
  • Enabling transformation and change (at individual, organisational or sectoral level), leading to improvements, in proportion to the context of each organisation.
Who can participate in the project?


Any public or private organisation established in a Programme Country* can participate in the project. Differentactors are encouraged to participate in accordance with the set priorities and goals of the project.

*Programme Countries are EU Member States, as well as Serbia, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia and Turkey.

Who can apply?


The applicant organisation, i.e. the project coordinator, can be any organisation from a Programme Country which participates in the project. One consortium can only submit one application per selection round at the level of all national agencies.

Is there a specific number of partner organisations on the project?


A consortium must include at least two organisations from two different Programme Countries. There is no maximum number of participating organisations in one partnership.

What is the duration of these projects?


Projects can last from 6 to 24 months, and the duration is chosen by the applicant at the application stage.

Where to apply?


Applications are submitted to the National Agency in charge of implementing the Erasmus+ Programme in the country of the applicant organisation. If you are applying in Serbia, the application should be submitted to the Tempus Foundation. The applications are submitted electronically through a prescribed online form on the platform.

What are the funding rules for this type of project?


The total grant amount for Small-scale Partnerships in Vocational Education and Training that are supported by national agencies is awarded in the formo f lump sums of 30 000 and 60 000 EUR, depending on the planned activities and results.

When to apply?


The first selection round for Small-scale Partnerships in the field of education, training and youth, including projects in the field of vocational education and training, which are submitted to the national agencies, will be open until 20 May at 12:00:00 (midday, Brussels time). The deadline for the second selection round is 3 November at 12:00:00 (midday Brussels time).

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