writing challenge

A 14-day FREE online challenge to help you easily write your first Erasmus+ Youth KA1 project and submit it for European funding

What is Erasmus+ writing challenge?
We have created an online challenge to help you develop a youth project, apply it for Erasmus+ grant,
get funding and make a change in the world!
Daily videos
Based on years of personal experience in grant writing and European funding we split the project writing process into 14 steps. We recommend to go through all 14 themed videos to have a clear vision of the project application writing process.

Home tasks
After each video, you will be asked to do a short 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 4th of May deadline.
Materials and feedback
In the community, the process will be discussed with peers and experts, and helpful links and materials will be shared. Complimentary mentorship sessions will be available to get feedback on project applications.
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.
You participated in Erasmus+ youth exchange or training course before, and now you want to organize your own project but don't know where to start
Youth leaders
You're looking at the European grants to scale your activities and increase impact, and you would like your employees/volunteers to learn the grant writing process
NGO leaders
You successfully manage local or international projects but never/ unsuccessfully applied with your personal idea in the past and now want to learn it the right way
Project managers
You 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
Future grant writers
For whom?
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 into 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.
Common mistakes.
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.
Common mistakes.
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.
Challenge facilitators:
Anna Korjakina
Grantwriter of projects for NGOs in Europe and the CIS,
NFE trainer and mentor.

Anna has 20 years of experience with programs Youth, Youth in Action, Erasmus + as the leader of 2 NGOs in Estonia and the UK. Besides, she was an external assessor in the UK national agency for 8 years.

Since 2009 educational programs author and trainer, main themes on project management, grant writing, fundraising, media and communications.

Anna will help you go step-by-step from a project idea to a complete application, ready to be submitted for funding.
Yulia Markos
Strategic leader at Synergy Bulgaria, project coordinator, coach and mentor.

Starting from 2015 she coordinated international youth projects both in Croatia and Bulgaria. She also consulted numerous NGOs on Erasmus+ and ESC programs and trained in 3 different countries.

With her experience in the business sector, Yulia combines Erasmus+ rules and business approach. Her professional interests for today are sustainable development of NGOs and KA2 projects with a budget over 100,000 euros.

Yulia will share her experience in successfully funding KA1 youth projects and methodology she developed over time.
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