The Sport Chapter of the Erasmus Plus Programme aims to support European partnerships on grassroots sport in order to tackle cross-border threats to the integrity of sport, promote and support good governance in sport and to promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all.
A budget of €31.8 million is available for the co-financing of Sport projects in 2017.
The maximum grant is €500,000.
Erasmus Plus is the European Programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020.
It brings together all the previous EU and international schemes for education, training, youth and sport, replacing the seven previous programmes including:
- Lifelong Learning Programme
- Youth in Action
- Erasmus Mundus
- Preparatory Actions for Sport
The Sport Chapter of the Erasmus+ Programme aims to support European partnerships on grassroots sport in order to pursue the following objectives:
- Tackle cross-border threats to the integrity of sport, such as doping, match fixing and violence, as well as all kinds of intolerance and discrimination.
- Promote and support good governance in sport and dual careers of athletes.
- Promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all.
Individuals are not eligible to apply. All applications must be made through an organisation.
Any not-for-profit organisation or public body active in the field of sport can apply.
Examples of eligible organisations include:
- Public body in charge of sport at local, regional or national level
- National Olympic Committee or National Sport confederation
- Sport organisation at local, regional, national, European or international level
- National sports league
- Sport club
- Organisation or union representing athletes
- Organisation or unions representing professionals and volunteers in sport (such as coaches, managers, etc)
- Organisation representing the 'sport for all' movement
- Organisation active in the field of physical activity promotion
- Organisation representing the active leisure sector
- Organisation active in the field of education, training or youth
A Collaborative Partnership is transnational and involves at least five organisations from five different Programme Countries.
All participating organisations must be identified at the time of applying for a grant.
Financial contributions from the EU cannot exceed 80% of the total eligible costs of the project
Support is available for the following:
Collaborative Partnerships are innovative projects aiming to:
- Combat doping at grassroots level, notably in recreational environments such as amateur sport and fitness.
- Support prevention and raise awareness among stakeholders involved in the fight against match fixing.
- Support prevention, educational and innovative approaches to tackle violence, racism and intolerance in sport.
- Support the implementation of EU policy documents in the field of sport and other relevant policy areas such as recommendations, guidelines, policy strategies, for example EU Physical Activity Guidelines, EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes, Principles on good governance in sport and so on.
A particular focus will be put on projects that address grassroots sports.
Small Collaborative Partnerships
Small Collaborative Partnerships will allow organisations to develop and reinforce networks, increase their capacity to operate at transnational level, exchange good practices, confront ideas and methods in different areas relating to sport and physical activity. Small Collaborative Partnerships will in particular aim at ensuring the continuity of Preparatory Actions 2013 and are, in particular, projects aimed to:
- Encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport.
- Promote European traditional sports and games.
- Support the mobility of volunteers, coaches, managers and staff of non-profit sport organisations.
- Protect athletes, especially the youngest, from health and safety hazards by improving training and competition conditions.
- Promote education in and through sport with special focus on skills development.
Not-for-Profit European Sport Events
This action supports:
- The implementation, in the field of sport, of EU strategies in the areas of social inclusion and equal opportunities, notably the EU Gender Equality Strategy and the EU Disability Strategy.
- The implementation of the EU Physical Activity Guidelines, to encourage participation in sport and physical activity.
- The possible organisation of the European Week of Sport.
Applications are made via an online application process in response to Calls for Proposals.
Details of open Calls are given in the Calls for Proposals section of this report.
To apply, organisations must first register on the on the European Commission Authentication Service (ECAS).
Once registered, log in to the Participant Portal with the ECAS account details and register on the Unique Registration Facility (URF) to obtain a unique Participant Identification Code (PIC).