Cultural Playing Field

Grundtvig and Leonardo Partnerships Start-up Event by Robin Simpson
September 14, 2012, 12:34 pm
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I was in Birmingham on Tuesday to take part in a Grundtvig and Leonardo Partnerships Start-up Event. Ecorys is the national agency that administers the Grundtvig and Leonardo European lifelong learning funding programmes in the UK and it had organised Tuesday’s event specifically for organisations starting their first Grundtvig or Leonardo project. Our new European project, ART-AGE, Art based learning and active ageing, is one of 147 Grundtvig partnerships approved in 2012 (a 36% success rate for applications). The Grundtvig programme places an emphasis on the process rather than the product. It is designed to encourage organisations involved in lifelong learning to visit similar organisations in other European countries to learn from each other. Unusually for European funding, there is no requirement to account for how you spend the grant. Each organisation simply has to commit to a certain number of ‘mobilities’ (return trips by one person from your organisation to a partner institution in another country) during the two years of the project. Providing you can show evidence that you have achieved your project objectives and prove that you have undertaken the necessary mobilities, you can spend the grant in whatever way you need to. It was good to get to grips with the details of how the programme works on Tuesday and great to meet so many people embarking on similar projects to ours.

Robin Simpson.

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