Opportunities in Europe

European Calls

Capacity Building in the Field of Youth 2018

Erasmus + Key Action 2
Maximum grant award € 150,000, maximum 80% of the total eligible costs.

Capacity-building projects in the field of youth cover a range of activities that encourage cooperation between organisations active in youth, education, training and other socio-economic sectors in Programme and Partner Countries from different regions of the world.


The activities that could be funded in this call are listed below:

  • Promoting cooperation between:
    • youth organisations and public authorities in Partner Countries.
    • youth organisations in education and training and the business and labour market.
  • Strengthening youth councils, youth platforms and authorities in Partner Countries (local, regional, national).
  • Supporting the overall operation of youth organisations in Partner Countries.
  • Helping implement youth work practices which include:
    • tools for the development of youth works and trainers.
    • non-formal learning methods to improve skills.
    • new training schemes, flexible learning, virtual mobility and better ICT.
    • peer learning activities to improve the leadership of youth organisations.


Types of capacity-building projects 

Project Type 1 - capacity-building projects between Programme Countries and Other Partner Countries 

Project Type 2 - capacity-building projects between Programme Countries and Partner Countries from the Western Balkans

Project Type 3 - capacity-building projects between Programme Countries and the Eastern Partnership Partner Countries (2 different types of activities within the Project Type 3: Civil Society Fellowship for youth and Partnership for Entrepreneurship.)

Project Type 4 - capacity-building projects between Programme Countries and the South-Mediterranean Partner Countries- Tunisia


The following Programme Countries can fully take part in all Erasmus+ Programme actions:

— the Member States of the European Union, — the EFTA/EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway,

— EU candidate countries: Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

In addition, certain Erasmus+ Programme actions are open to organisations from partner countries. Please refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for further details on the modalities of participation.

For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. 


The application deadline is 8th March 2018 at 12:00 midday Brussels time for projects starting between 1st July and 31 December and the duration pf the projects is 9 months to 2 years.

Capacity-building projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of youth in Programme and Partner Countries. They can also involve organisations from the fields of education and training, as well as from other socio-economic sectors.
Elegibilility of the applicants: 
Capacity-building projects require the participation of 3 organisations from 3 different countries (at least one from a Programme Country and at least one from an eligible Partner Country). Organisations that can apply includes the following: a non-profit organisation, association, NGO (including European Youth NGOs) a national Youth Council a public body at local, regional or national level a school/institute/educational centre (at any level, from pre-school to upper secondary education, and including vocational education and adult education); a public or private, a small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises) a social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce craft/professional associations and trade unions a higher education institution a research institute a foundation an inter-company training centre a cultural organisation, library, museum a body providing professional counselling and information services.