What are the EU funding opportunities in terms of Education, Youth Employment, and Culture?

ec-logoThe year 2014 opened a new financing framework of seven years (2014-2020). New programmes were adopted and funds were made available for supporting projects in line with the EU policies.

In the field of Education, the star programme is Erasmus+, the EU programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport. This programme also includes activities aimed at increasing the professional skills of young people, reducing the existing gap between the academic world and the job market. Regarding the cultural dimension, Creative Europe is the programme that supports all initiatives aimed at strengthening the cultural and creative sectors.

This is not an exhaustive selection, but here below you will find information of some attractive EU funding opportunities for the education, youth employment and culture fields:


Erasmus+ offers a wide range of possibilities to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. The budget for the 7 years framework is of €14.7 billion.

The programme fosters transnational cooperation among education institutions and brings the education world closer to the job market needs. It covers different areas of education and training, such as school education, vocational education and training, higher education, adult education and European integration opportunities for academics and researchers. In the field of youth, it pursues to offer young people new skills and competences in order to increase their chances to get a job, promoting their social inclusion, social involvement and well-being. Moreover, it provides financing for sport related activities.

All open calls for Erasmus+ are available here.

Don´t hesitate to have a look at the Erasmus + Programme Guide for more information on requirements and activities to be funded here.


The EU programme that focuses on the culture and audiovisual dimension is called “Creative Europe”. It includes two subprogrammes: culture and media, and also a third cross-sector strand. The total budget is €1,46 billion and provides funding for artists, cinemas, films and book translations.

The culture subprogramme promotes transnational cooperation in the cultural and creative sectors, the creation of cultural networks and exchange platforms and the translation of literary books. Regarding the audiovisual field, the media subprogramme promotes initiatives to support the development, distribution and access of audiovisual products. Both programmes enable that the European culture and audiovisual sectors have access to an international audience and market, while contributing to create economic growth and new jobs.

Information on calls is available here.

Author: Carolina García Rizo

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