How to Apply for KA1 Teacher Courses?
For European Union Nationals, and those from non-EU Programme countries, Erasmus+ funding is available for continuing professional development and other training under the EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport.
Erasmus+ helps to cover course fees, travel costs, subsistence costs and preparation costs for teachers and trainers who wish to travel for professional development.
Information on guidelines of eligibility, grant criteria and application procedures can be found in the Erasmus+ programme guide and the Technical Guidelines for completing application e-Forms. For more information, see the Erasmus+ press release, follow them on Facebook, Twitter or contact your National Agency for details of the process and priorities in your country.
Our Teacher Development courses are eligible for Erasmus+ funding. The deadline for Erasmus+ funding applications is February 1st, 2018!
7 steps to take to start your application:
- Identify the person in your school who is responsible for staff development and talk to them about EU funding and Teacher Development courses.
- Find out which course is right for you and your school.
- Study the information available: see the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
- If your school does not have one already, draw up a European Development Plan. This should identify your school’s development and training objectives for the next one or two years, underlining it’s European dimension.
- If you or your school have not already registered with the Education Participant Portal, then do this now. You can do this here. A step-by-step guide can be found here. This process will give you a PIC number, which you will need for your application.
- Once you have done this, you can start to complete the application forms. The application process is managed by the National Agency of where the applicant organization or consortium is based.
- Contact us and we will be happy to help you with the project preparation! We will send you our ERASMUS+ Application Template which will be a useful reference for writing down a successful project. Our international project coordinator, Orsolya, will be happy to guide you through all the steps.
What is Erasmus+?
Erasmus+ is the new EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. It replaces previous programmes such as Comenius, Grundtvig and Erasmus. For more information, go to the Erasmus+ website.
Who can benefit from this funding?
You can! The programme is open to teachers, trainers and students from all EU Member States as well as Iceland, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Norway.
Which part of the Erasmus+ programme do I have to apply under?
You must apply under ‘Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals’.
Can I apply as an individual?
No. Under Erasmus+ only organizations can apply. Your school/college/institution is an organization, so you can apply through your school. The training you apply for has to fit into your School/European Development Plan.
What is a European Development Plan?
Each school should have a development plan (sometimes called a ‘school development plan,’ sometimes a ‘European development plan’). This is a document which describes the training and professional development taking place in your school, and how it fits with European objectives. Your school can have a development plan for one or two years. The final funding application should be for the total amount necessary for all staff training. If the funding is awarded, you and your school/ organization can then choose which course or courses you would like to participate in.
Is my school / college / university / institution an organisation?
Your school counts as an organization, and you can apply through your school. Before your school can apply for funding, a nominated person will need to register with the European Commission Participation Portal. Once this has been done, this person will need to register the school/organization and get a PIC number. For more information, Erasmus+ have provided a step-by-step guide to completing this process.
Who do I contact in my school?
It will probably be the head of the school, or whoever is responsible for training and development.
How much money can I apply for?
Your school must apply for the total amount needed to cover all training as identified in the European Development plan. The money will cover course fees, travel costs and living and accommodation expenses while abroad.
When do I have to apply?
The deadline is Wednesday, February 1st, 12 midday Brussels time. All applications have to be made through your National Agency.
Where can I find an application form?
Application forms should be available on your National Agency website, but in order to get started on your application straight away, take a look at the draft EU Application forms.
When will I know if I have been successful?
You will be told if you have been successful within a maximum 10-12 weeks of the application deadline. This means that all courses from July 1st will be eligible for funding.
I have previously had Comenius-Grundtvig funding. Can I apply for Erasmus+ funding?
Where can I find more information?
For more information, please visit the Erasmus+ FAQs page or contact your national agency. Also, see the European Commission’s full guide to Erasmus+. National agencies are the body in your country who are responsible for applications and information for the Erasmus+ programme. Many National Agencies will be holding information seminars and distributing information to schools nationally. Contact your National Agency to find out what is happening in your country.