Donor: European Commission (EC) - Erasmus+
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: ERASMUS-EDU-2023-VIRT-EXCH
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 26.04.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 500.000€
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Children & Youth
  • Education
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Social Inclusion

Project Locations

  1. Europe

      Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia


1) Objective

Virtual exchanges projects consist of online people-to-people activities that promote intercultural dialogue and soft skills development. They make it possible for every young person to access high-quality international and cross-cultural education (both formal and non-formal) without physical mobility. While virtual debating or training does not fully replace the benefits of physical mobility, participants in virtual exchanges ought to reap some of the benefits of international educational experiences. Digital platforms represent a valuable tool in partially answering the global constraints on mobility caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual exchanges also help spreading European values. Moreover, in some cases they can prepare, deepen and extend physical exchanges, as well as fuel new demand for them.

The action will aim to:

  • Encourage intercultural dialogue with third countries not associated to the Programme and increase tolerance through online people-to-people interactions, building on digital, youth-friendly technologies;
  • Promote various types of virtual exchanges as a complement to Erasmus+ physical mobility, allowing more young people to benefit from intercultural and international experience;
  • Enhance critical thinking and media literacy, particularly in the use of internet and social media, such as to counter discrimination, indoctrination, polarization and violent radicalisation;
  • Foster the digital and soft skills (i.e. Soft skills include the ability to think critically, be curious and creative, to take initiative, to solve problems and work collaboratively, to be able to communicate efficiently in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment, to be able to adapt to context and to cope with stress and uncertainty;
  • Promote citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education;
    Strengthen the youth dimension in the relations of the EU with third countries.

2) Eligibility

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: be legal entities (public or private bodies). Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 4 organisations.

3) Location

Actions must take place in EU countries and associated countries. In certain cases, additional third countries worldwide can also participate.

4) Budget

The EU grant per project will be of a maximum of 500,000€, with 200€ as maximum investment to organisations per participant (i.e. a project of 500,000€ would have to reach at least 2,500 participants). The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.

5) Application

Applicants have to submit their grant application by 26 April at 17:00:00 (Brussels time). Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section. Paper submissions are NOT possible.

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