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.
These projects aim to recognize and improve youth work, non-formal learning and volunteering and link them to education systems and the labour market. They also support regional and transnational non-formal learning mobility schemes to encourage the participation of youth in society.
For further information on Programme and Partner Countries please refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
Examples of capacity-building activities
What does it support
Capacity-building should carry out the following activities:
For detailed information on activities supported by a capacity-building project please refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
Who can benefit from it
A participating organisation can be any public or private organisation based in a Programme Country or an eligible Partner Country.
This includes the following:
This list includes the organisations that can benefit from EU funding. Please note however that not all these organisations can submit an application. For the list of organisations that can apply, please refer to the tab 'who can apply'.
For detailed information on the eligibility criteria please refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
The duration of the project must be chosen at the application stage. It can vary from 9 months to 2 years.
What support is available
The maximum grant that can be awarded is 150 000 EUR.
For detailed information on the funding rules please refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
Who can apply
Capacity-building projects require the participation of 3 organisations from 3 different countries (one from a Programme Country and one from an eligible Partner Country).
Organisations that can apply include:
Types of capacity-building projects
Between youth organisations in Programme Countries and youth organisations in:
4. The South-Mediterranean Partner Countries
Project Type 1 - capacity-building projects between Programme Countries and Other Partner Countries
The applicant must be established in a Programme Country and applies on behalf of all organisations involved in the project. Other types of organisations can be involved as partners, not as applicants.
Project Type 2 - capacity-building projects between Programme Countries and Partner Countries from the Western Balkans
The applicant must be established in the Western Balkans.
Project Type 3 - capacity-building projects between Programme Countries and the Eastern Partnership Partner Countries
The applicant must be established in an Eastern Partnership country. In addition to the types of eligible applicant organisations mentioned here above, private companies, including social enterprises are eligible applicants.
2 different types of activities within the Project Type 3
-Civil Society Fellowship for youth
Inclusive and participatory projects will strengthen the capacity of youth organisations and youth workers to build constructive relations with a variety of partners, including public bodies and civil society organisations.
-Partnership for Entrepreneurship
Projects will promote youth entrepreneurship education and social entrepreneurship among young people through transnational non-formal learning projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations working in the mentioned areas, including business.
Project Type 4 - capacity-building projects between Programme Countries and the South-Mediterranean Partner Countries
The applicant must be established in Tunisia.
For information on eligibility for youth exchanges, the European Voluntary Service and youth workers please refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
How to apply
Read the call for proposals.
Read the guidelines for applicants carefully.
Detailed instructions are available in the Guidelines and How to apply sections of the call for proposals.
Register in the Participant Portal and receive a Participant Identification Code (PIC) if you do not already have one.
All organisations participating in the proposal must have a PIC number. The PIC will be requested in the application form.
Use the official application form.
The link is provided in the How to apply section of the call for proposals.
Submit your application online before the specified deadline.
Make sure you have received a confirmation email.
How are applications selected
All project proposals are assessed on the basis of the eligibility, exclusion, selection and award criteria described in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
Quality assessments are carried out with the support of external evaluators. For more information on the quality review, please consult the Guide for Experts.
What happens if your application is selected
All applicants will receive a written notification of the outcome of the selection procedure as well as feedback on the evaluation of their application.
If need be, successful applicants may be contacted to provide supporting documents or clarifications.
A grant agreement detailing all conditions with regard to the awarded grant will then be signed.
For more information please refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
Key Action 2 "Capacity Building in the field of youth" is managed by the EACEA in Brussels.
If you do not find what you are looking for in the Programme Guide or on our website, please contact us at the following email address mentioning the action concerned (Capacity Building in the field of Youth) EACEA-YOUTH@ec.europa.eu
Overview - Youth Capacity Building
This programme has specific rules. Please make sure you read them carefully before applying