The aim is to enable an increasing number of individuals and wider target groups to participate in the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes. The new Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes make participation in the programme easier so that newcomer organisations, smaller organisations and persons who otherwise would not participate can benefit from the opportunities offered by the programmes. For example, local activities in the youth sector, short-term mobility periods and small-scale partnerships that make low-threshold participation possible have been added to the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes.
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The programmes offer additional funding (inclusion support and exceptional costs) to persons who need additional support for their participation. The funding may be used for

  • special needs (e.g., an assistant, a support person, accessible housing or special software) resulting from an illness, disability or learning difficulty
  • a preparatory visit, in which the participant familiarises themselves with the future destination in advance with a representative from the sending organisation.
  • special needs caused by economic, cultural, geographic or social reasons 

The funding rules vary by action.  Familiarise yourself with the funding rules of different actions in the Programme Guide. 

The Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes also encourage to pay attention to different target groups in the contents and all activities of the project in a manner that is as inclusive as possible.