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Besides funding for mobility of individuals (students, staff, academics or volunteers)  various funding sources exist on a European level which can benefit your University Sport projects. We have compiled some EU project basics and links to further information to support your application below.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with Margo via if you would need any further information. We will either be able to answer your question directly or we can refer you to our EU contact persons who are aware of the specificity of University and College Sport.

Basics 1: European Policy Context

 The European Institutions provide project funding to support the implementation of European policy goals as reiterated in the Treaties and in the EU Policy Documents. When it comes to sport,  the EU Workplan for Sport is the most important document.

The first EU Work Plan is a multi-annual framework, by which the Council establishes the priorities and objectives of sport policy at European level. The initiative and preparation work for the development of the Work Plan is done by the European Commission. The first Work Plan was adopted by the Council of the European Union (meeting of National ministers of sport) in its Resolution of 20 May 2011 and the second one the 21 May 2014. The Plan 2014-2017 had three priorities: sport’s integrity, economic dimension and sport & society. In order to address these priority themes Member States and the European Commission established five Expert Groups: Match-Fixing, Good Governance, Economic Dimension, HEPA and Human Resources Development in Sport. The Expert Groups were Member States representatives and other interested stakeholders who were accepted upon approval of Member States representatives in the expert groups. ENAS was an active stakeholder in 3 out of the 5 Expert groups: HEPA, Good Governance and Human Resources Development in Sport.

On the 23rd May 2017 the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council, in its sport session, has adopted the current EU Work Plan for sport 2017-2020. The main priorities are:

  • Integrity of sport, in particular anti-doping, the fight against match-fixing, protection of minors, good governance and gender equality;
  • The economic dimension of sport, in particular sustainable financing of sport, the legacy of major sport events, economic benefits of sport and innovation;
  • Sport and society, in particular HEPA, volunteering, employment in sport as well as education and training in sport.

To find out more about the specific emphasis in the Work Plan, visit the EU Sport website and explore the section on ‘Policies’.  Click the buttons below to be redirected.

Basics 2: Getting Started Erasmus + Project Funding

Erasmus + is the Flagship EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. The programme covers a total budget of EUR 16,454 Billion (2014-2020) of which  EUR 265 Million is reserved for sport over the 2014-2020 period.

The Sport specific chapter includes funding for Sport actions in three categories:
– Collaborative partnerships (max. €400,000)
– Small collaborative partnerships (max. €60,000)
– Non-for profit sport events (max. €500,000)

Ready for it? Take the first steps:

1) Read the Programme Guide – Sport Pages*

2) Prepare your organisation profile

3) Write a killer project

*For anyone who wants to apply for project funding, the Programme Guide is the go to document. It is a tool for anybody who would like to have a thorough knowledge of what the Erasmus+ Programme is about. This document is mainly addressed to those who wish to be:

  • participating organisations: meaning those organisations, institutions, bodies organising activities supported by the Programme;
  • participants: meaning those individuals (students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people, volunteers, or professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers, professionals in the field of education, training, youth and sport, etc.) involved in activities organised by the participating organisations.

Every year, thousands of projects are submitted by organisations across Europe in order to receive financial support from the Erasmus+ Programme; for this reason, the Commission has set up a transparent evaluation process that aims at providing grants for the best projects:

  •  for most Actions, all the rules and conditions for receiving a grant from the Programme are specified in this Programme Guide;
  • for some other Actions, which are only mentioned in this Programme Guide, the rules and conditions for receiving a grant are described in specific calls for proposals published by or on behalf of the European Commission.

When planning an application, potential participating organisations can also be inspired and informed by other reference documents; some of these documents are listed in Annex IV of this Guide.

We have compiled the pages linked to sport into a more concise 20 page document instead of the 333 page full guide.

More resources

Every year in January, a European Info Day takes place on funding opportunities through various programmes in Brussels, Belgium. ENAS was represented at the last Info Day on 5 february 2019 and these are the resources we collected for you.

Link to Call for proposals, link to e-form and annexes click here

Watch the live streams again on the European Commission web page, click here or follow the session specific links below.

Need some inspiration? Click here to browse Project Results

 Other documentation needed? Everything can be found on the European Commission website

Topic Link to live stream (recording) Download presentation
Opening Speech click here not available
Policy context click here click here
Submission & Selection click here click here


– Evaluation workshop

– Financial workshop

– Small Collaborative Partnerships workshop

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Other Funding Opportunities:

– Strategic Partnerships

– Structural Funds

– Preparatory actions

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Concluding Remarks click here not available

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