New call for civil society cooperation projects in the field of youth, education, and training

Erasmus+ CZELO

Applications can be submitted until 13/12 (FPA) and 20/12 (SGA) 2022. The call is addressed to European NGOs.

The European Commission has published the 2023 call for Erasmus+ civil society cooperation projects in the field of youth, education and training. This call is both for a three-year framework partnership agreement (FPA) and a one-year specific grant agreement (SGA). In order to receive the grant, the framework partnership agreement must be obtained first, so both applications must be submitted at the same time. The call is divided into two themes: 1) Education and Training and 2) Youth. Each project application must focus exclusively on one of these two themes.

The call is addressed exclusively to European Non-Governmental Organisations (ENGOs). These are NGOs that operate through a formally recognised structure composed of a European body or secretariat legally established for at least one year in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme and of national organisations or branches in at least nine EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme.

In the field of education and training, the main aim of the call is to offer structural suport to the ENGOs, which will focus on promoting the objectives and priorities of the European Education Area, increasing the cooperation with all relevant stakeholders and increasing the involvement of civil society in the dissemination of policy and programme results. In the field of youth, the call aims to support ENGOs that raise awareness of the EU Youth Strategy, through actions that increase commitment and cooperation of youth civil society actors with public authorities.

The Commission is organising an online info webinar on 16 November from 2 PM to 5:30 PM. The webinar will be streamed on the website of the European Executive Agency for Education and Culture (EACEA). If you could not attend the webinar, you can watch the recording

The call is composed of two instruments: Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) and Specific Grant Agreement (SPA).

Framework Partnerships (FPAs) are long-term cooperation instruments covering regular or recurrent grants in the same field or discipline and within a common action plan (or work programme of activities). They are a prerequisite for being eligible to apply for these grants, but they do not guarantee the grant will be awarded automatically.

Operating grants (SGAs) provide general financial support to organisations whose statutory activities serve EU strategic objectives (e.g., non-profit organisations). They do not support a specific projects (like action grants) but the organisation's annual operating budget (or part of it). Operating grants are always awarded to a single beneficiary.

FPA beneficiaries are usually first identified through a standard evaluation and award procedure and then invited to submit their proposals for specific grant agreements (closed calls, addressed directly to the framework partners). However, for the first year of the call, calls for Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs) and Specific Grant Agreements (SGAs) are published in parallel due to time constraints. Therefore, applicants must first complete the FPA application and then use the FPA application number in the SGA application.

Deadline for submission - Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs): 13 December 2022, 5 PM CET

Deadline for the submission - Specific Grant Agreement (SGA): 20 December 2022, 5 PM CET

The budget allocation for grants under the Framework Partnership in 2023 is €5 million for education and training and €8 million for youth. 

Expected timeline of the Call:

Evaluation of both applications: January-March 2023

Evaluation results: March 2023

Signature of both agreements: April 2023

Estimated number of projects selected: Depending on the number of applications submitted and their quality, the Commission plans to sign between 25 and 40 framework partnerships in the field of education and training and between 70 and 90 in the field of youth.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the FTOP portal. Paper applications will not be accepted.

More information about the call on the FTOP portal and in the call document.

Call cooperation projects education youth 2023