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EU Lifelong Learning Programme funding update

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Information on the new EU Lifelong Learning Programme launching from January 2007

‘The EU will be launching its new Lifelong Learning Programme from January 2007. The programme offers funding for organisations involved in education and training to adopt new and innovative approaches to achieving their existing objectives and those of the learners they work with. This is an exciting programme that will give learners and education practitioners the opportunity to develop their skills by working with their European peers. It brings together four existing programmes:

Grundtvig for those involved in adult education funds a variety of projects, including small-scale, community based activities focussed on developing basic skills and enabling learners to play a more active role in their communities;

Leonardo da Vinci is for those involved in vocational education and training and allows participants to benefit from work experience placements and many other opportunities

Comenius for schools; providing funding for schools across Europe to work together on joint projects, either on languages or other areas of the curriculum;

Erasmus is for those involved in Higher Education, which among other things provides grants for students to spend a semester or a year studying abroad.

All programmes provide funding for education professionals to learn new teaching and management techniques, by learning from best practice abroad and working with others across Europe to develop new ideas.

For further information on Grundtvig and Leonardo, contact ECOTEC on 0121 616 3770 or

For information on Comenius or Erasmus, contact the British Council on 0161 957 7755 or

In the near future, you will be able to access information on the EU Lifelong Learning programme at

The Lifelong Learning Programme is completed by a transversal programme focusing on policy cooperation, languages, information and communication technology and dissemination and exploitation of results.

Finally, the Jean Monnet programme focuses on European integration and support for certain key institutions and associations active in the field. More information on the Jean Monnet programme and on the transversal programme can be found on the Executive Agency’s website.

Information on the Leonardo Information Events for the 2007 Call can be found on the Leonardo programme website. The deadline for applications has not yet been confirmed by the European Commission. A Call for Proposals is expected to be published in mid-December 2006 which will confirm the deadline. It is currently scheduled to be 30 March 2007 for all Leonardo applications, and all applications will involve a one stage selection process for 2007 (i.e. there will be no Pre-Proposals).


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