EU funding for continuing professional development and other training in the education sector is available under the EU programme Erasmus+.
NILE has over twenty years’ experience in advising applicants on applying for European funding. Please get in touch with our Registrar, Alison Lake with any queries.
Erasmus+ funding covers teachers and trainers from the European Union and from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Erasmus+ helps to cover course fees, travel costs, accommodation and other living costs and preparation costs for individuals and groups of teachers and trainers who wish to come to the UK for professional development courses. All of our Courses in Norwich are eligible for Erasmus+ funding.
How do I apply for Erasmus+ funding?
1. Identify the person in your school who is responsible for staff development and talk to them about Erasmus+ funding and courses at NILE.
3. Research. Take a good look at the information available: our FAQs down the right hand side of this page and the official EU Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
4. If your school does not already have one, draw up a European Development Plan. This should identify your school’s development and training objectives for the next one or two years, taking a European dimension into consideration. Part of this could be requesting grants for courses at NILE.
5. If you or your school are not already registered with the EU Participant Portal, then do this now. Guidance for registration and how to sign up for a EU login (formerly ECAS) can be found here and on your National Agency website.
This process will give you a PIC number, which your school will need for the application.
6.Once you have done this, you can start completing the application form, available from your National Agency website. A 2019 visual sample application form is available from the Erasmus+ website to assist in the preparation of your application. The applications are submitted electronically and the 2019 deadline is 5th February 2019.
The 2019 Erasmus+ application form asks very detailed questions about your European Development Plan, project, activities, outcomes and follow-up. Our best advice is to be as specific as possible, use examples and to bear in mind that the assessor can only base their scoring on the informationin your application. Most National Agencies offer support and advice through many different channels. We strongly advise you to contact them early to see what they offer, as they will evalute your appliction. Evaluation criteria can be found here. NILE has produced a sample Erasmus+ application form with advice and links on how to complete your application so as to ensure that you have the best possible chance of securing funding for your organisation. This document is based on what your submitted application will look like as a .pdf. which you can keep as you fill in your application through your EU login:
NILE has over 20 years’ experience in advising teachers on European funding. Please get in touch with our Registrar, Alison Lake if you have any further questions.
For more information, visit the EU’s Erasmus+ overview page and the Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency website. You can also follow Erasmus+ on Facebook and Twitter, or contact your National Agency for details of the process and priorities in your country.
Learn from teachers who have already secured Erasmus+ funding to come to NILE:
- Read the summary of the application process of I.I.S. M.RAPISARDI Paternò secondary school in Sicily, Italy, who secured funding for a NILE course in 2015.
- Watch the Learning Diary from the Erasmus+ funded project “Global Education for 2020” by the group from Istituto Comprensivo Assisi 3 from Petrignano Di Assisi, August 2015.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Erasmus+?
Who can benefit from this funding?
Which part of the Erasmus+ programme do I have to apply under?
Can I apply as an individual?
What is a European Development Plan?
Is my school / college / university / institution an organisation?
Is NILE a recognised course provider?
Who do I contact in my school?
How much money can I apply for?
When do I have to apply?
Where can I find an application form?
When will I know if I have been successful?
I have previously had Comenius funding. Can I apply for Erasmus+ funding?
Where can I find more information?
Does NILE have a PIC number?
If you are naming NILE as a Partner Organisation, as required in some cases, NILE’s PIC number is 946355378.
However, if NILE is your Course Provider only, this number is usually not required.