On Tuesday, 5 November, the European Commission announced the latest call for proposals under the Erasmus+ funding programme. Erasmus+ is the European Commission’s programme for education, training, youth and sport. The total budget foreseen by the Commission for the 2020 call for proposals for the sport strand to finance projects and events is €57.6 million.
Alongside the call for proposals, the European Commission also released the 2020 Programme Guide, which provides a better understanding of the Erasmus+. This Programme Guide is available in several EU languages and consists a specific part devoted to sport. Under this section, it is explained that you can apply for funding from the sport strand of Erasmus+ in three related actions (p. 231-248 of the Programme): Collaborative Partnerships; Small Collaborative Partnerships and Non-For-Profit European Sport Events.
Collaborative partnerships is an opportunity to develop, transfer and implement innovative practices in different areas relating to sport and physical activity between various organisations and actors in and outside sport. To apply for a funding, at least five organisations from five different Programme Countries must be involved in these projects. Organisations from all non-EU countries can be partners in the projects, and it is encouraged that the lead applicants would include also NOCs from non-EU countries as partners. The maximum grant is €400,000 and projects can last up to 36 months.
Small Collaborative Partnerships
Small Collaborative Partnerships will allow organisations to develop and reinforce networks, increase their capacity to operate at transnational level, and exchange good practices relating to sport and physical activity.
At least three organisations from three Programme countries are required as partners in these projects. Again, organisations from non-EU countries can be partners in the projects. The maximum grant is €60,000 and the project duration is up to 24 months.
The specific objectives pursued by the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of sport which are also the funding priorities for the collaborative partnerships and small collaborative partnerships, will be pursued through actions that aim to:
- tackle cross-border threats to the integrity of sport, such as doping, match fixing and violence, as well as all kinds of intolerance and discrimination;
- promote and support good governance in sport and dual careers of athletes;
- and to promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all.
Not-For-Profit European Sport Events
Not-for-profit European Sport events aim to support volunteering in sport, social inclusion through sport, gender equality in sport, health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA), as well as the implementation of the European Week of Sport (EWoS).
For events related to the EWoS, the maximum grant is €300,000, whereas for other events the awarded grant can be up to €500,000. Eligible events are required to have participants from at least 10 different Programme Countries. It is important to notice that sport competitions organised by international, European or national sport federations/leagues on a regular basis or professional sport competitions are not eligible for funding.
Note that the applications for the Erasmus+ sport funding are required to be submitted by 2 April 2020 at 17:00 (Brussels time).
The EOC and the EOC EU Office warmly encourage the NOCs to actively apply funding from the Erasmus+ sport. The EOC EU Office in Brussels remains at disposal for the NOCs to ask any questions related to the application process.