As the Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027 has gone public late in March, it is now time to submit your projects for approving. Being you either a beginner, wanting to enter the world of European projects, or a project manager already been dealing with the Erasmus+ projects for a long time now, there is a challenge on writing Erasmus+ projects to practice your skills.
Erasmus+ Writing Challenge
The Erasmus+ Writing Challenge is a 14-day FREE online challenge to help you easily write your first Erasmus+ Youth KA1 project and submit it for European funding.
It runs on the following dates: from April 12th to April 26th 2021. The hosting organiser is Youth Academy.
Features of the Challenge
The challenge goes with the support of:
- Daily Videos: based on years of personal experience in grant writing and European funding, Youth Academy splits the project writing process into 14 steps. They will post a short daily explanation video in Erasmus+ Youth Academy FB community at 19.00 CET from 12th to 26th of April.
- Home Tasks: every day, after each video, you will receive a small home task. You will need around 30 minutes to complete it, and at the end of the challenge you’ll have a fully developed project idea ready to be submitted for May 11th deadline.
- Useful links and materials: a daily email sent to all registered participants will contain a reminder, useful links and materials. In this case not only you won’t miss a video, but also will receive extra support to help you complete a daily project writing task.
- Supportive Community: you don’t need to do it alone. In Erasmus+ Youth Academy you’ll complete the challenge day-by-day with other participants (or your own team), as well as share your successes and ask questions to challenge facilitators.
The writing challenge targets specifically:
- Youth Leaders (who already participated in Youth Exchanges or training courses before, and want to organise their own project but don’t know where to start);
- NGO Leaders (who are looking at the European grants to scale their activities and increase impact, and would like their employees/volunteers to learn the grant writing process);
- Project Managers (who successfully managed local or international projects but never/unsuccessfully applied with their personal ideas in the past and now want to learn it the right way);
- Future Grant Writers (who like shaping meaningful ideas into projects and want to learn it professionally to become an in-demand grant writer and support NGOs all over Europe).
|Day 0 / Motivation and preparation: Why do you want to carry out a KA1 mobility? Organization registration and OID.|
Drafting PIF both for your project and future partners.
|Day 1 / Intro to Erasmus+ Youth KA1: Principles and priorities of Erasmus+ (2021-2027).|
Project formats. Difference between youth exchanges and professional development activities.
Tips on how to read the Guide.
|Day 2 / Finding the problem: How to find the problem and check its relevance to Erasmus+.|
Reasoning your choice in the application form.
Statistics and European Strategy.
|Day 3 / Needs’ analysis: Define the target audience of your project – future participants.|
What are their needs, fears and desires?
Ways to conduct needs’ analysis.
|Day 4 / Project concept development: Project development tool – Circle of creativity. Making reality check and defining vision, goal (6W) and objectives of your project.|
Relation to Erasmus+ and European Strategy.
|Day 5 / Participants’ profile: What’s the profile of your participants?|
(their background, age, life experiences, needs and issues, do they face fewer opportunities)
How will they be included into the project?
Participation ladder of Roger Hart.
|Day 6 / Team and partners: Who is in your team and what are their strong sides?|
How to search for partners?
First email and basic project info.
Partners’ agreements based on the project lifecycle and means of communication.
|Day 7 / Practical arrangements: Logistics & practicalities: whose responsibility is this?|
Timeline of project preparation, implementation and follow-up.
|Day 8 / Preparation of participants and learning outcomes: Different types of preparation.|
Special preparation of participants with fewer opportunities.
Introduction into Youthpass and key competencies.
|Day 9 / Activity program: Intro into informal and non-formal learning methods.|
How to develop a well-balanced program?
Tips&Tricks on designing activity program.
|Day 10 / Project outcomes and their dissemination: Tangible and intangible results.|
Examples of good dissemination strategies.
Dissemination of the outcomes and project visibility tips.
|Day 11 / Expected impact: Impact on direct and indirect beneficiaries, as well as local, national and European levels.|
Ways to measure impact.
Checking coherence with Erasmus+ KA1 expected impact.
|Day 12 / Project monitoring and evaluation: Risk assessment: what can go wrong in the project and ways to predict and prevent risks.|
Developing a project monitoring plan.
Designing criteria of project success.
|Day 13 / Final project check-up: How to quickly check project coherence and clarity.|
Checklist based on project assessment criteria.
|Day 14 / Application form: How to fill in the electronic form: sections and questions. Budget and annexes. Checking all formal criteria and documents before submission.|
The challenge goes under the supervision of the following facilitators:
Registration and contacts
For any question you may have, please contact the organiser to the following email: [email protected]
To register, fill out this form.