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Capacity building projects in the field of youth aim to: foster cooperation and exchanges between Programme and Partner Countries; improve the quality and recognition of youth-work, non-formal learning, and volunteering in Partner Countries and enhance synergies with education systems and the labour market foster new non-formal learning mobility schemes and programmes, and promote transnational non-formal learning mobility between Programme and Partner Countries, with a focus on the under-privileged.

Capacity building projects SHOULD FOCUS ON activities that:

  • promote strategic cooperation between youth organisations and public authorities (in Partner Countries); 
  • promote cooperation between youth and education organisations, as well as business and the labour market; 
  • build the capacity of youth organisations and authorities; 
  • enhance the management, governance, innovation capacity and internationalisation of youth organisations; 
  • launch, test, and implement youth work-practices, such as professional development and informal learning; 
  • promote new forms of training and new approaches to youth work; 
  • promote cooperation, networking, and peer-learning to improvement the management of youth organisations.


Erasmus+ provides the opportunity for organisations to implement projects that aim to:

  • encourage policy dialogue, cooperation, networking, and the exchange of best practices
  • organise large scale youth events (of up two days)
  • organise information and awareness campaigns
  • develop information, communication, and media tools
  • develop youth work methods, tools, materials, curricula, training modules, and documentation instruments (such as Youthpass)
  • create new forms of delivering youth work and providing training and support.


LENGTH: 9 months to 2 years


APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5 February 2018 at 17:00 midday Brussels time


There are TWO MAIN TYPES of Capacity Building projects:

Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership Youth Window projects (Region 1, 2) - 2017-2019, which aimed at increasing the capacity of organisations through mobility activities (potentially complemented by capacity building activities).  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 aimed 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:

  • Conferences, workshops and meetings
  • Large-scale youth events
  • Information and awareness campaigns
  • Communication and media tools
  • Development of methods, curricula, training and documentation such as Youthpass
  • Open and flexible learning materials, virtual cooperation, open educational resources (OER)

Details about participation of Ukraine in EU-funded Erasmus+ 2014-2020 in 2 languages with hyperlinks at:

Information from the EACEA web-site