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.
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.
General information sources
To support more inclusive and diverse projects
- EDUFI’s Internationalisation for all! powerpoint presentation, tips and recommendations
- EDUFI’s website on democracy, human rights and inclusion (in Finnish)
- Programme to Develop Quality and Equality in VET
- Inclusion A to Z – a guide for youth work
- Engage in Inclusion! A guide on disability-inclusive youth projects
- Embracing Diversity: A guide to diversity management
- Participating safely – a guide to organising safer free-time activities (in Finnish)
- Checklist for carrying out an antiracist project, Ruskeat Tytöt (in Finnish)
- The Ministry of Justice’s tool for the assessment of equality
- Take care – examples of promoting equality (a publication) (in Finnish)
- Everyone on board? Koordinaatti’s guide to equality planning in youth work (in Finnish)
- Knock knock – can we come in? Guide to equity for sports and youth organisations (in Finnish)