Additional grants are available for students and staff with disabilities and health conditions wishing to participate in an Erasmus+ placement and where participation would not be possible without extra financial support. The allowances are offered when disabilities or health conditions lead to additional mobility costs which exceed the maximum grant allocations allowed and which cannot be recovered from other sources. The grant covers approved actual costs.
Applications for the Erasmus Disability Grant must be submitted to the Erasmus Office prior to the start of your mobility. .
Any application must include:
- A statement from a doctor or other authority confirming the special needs, its severity, the impact on the Erasmus+ mobility, additional requirements and additional costs to be met.
- A detailed estimate of costs is required.
- Information on any other sources of financial support that the student receives and why this is insufficient to cover extra costs.
If the application is approved, the NA will specify a maximum supplementary allowance. On completion of the Erasmus+ period a final report of expenditure will be required.
If the expenditure is less than the approved maximum a recovery order for the return of such funds will be raised and the difference must be repaid to the Erasmus+ National Agency.
Equity and Inclusion
The Erasmus+ Program aims at promoting equity and inclusion by facilitating the access to participants with disadvantaged backgrounds and fewer opportunities compared to their peers whenever disadvantage limits or prevents participation in transnational activities for reasons such as:
- disability (i.e. participants with special needs): people with mental (intellectual, cognitive, learning), physical, sensory or other disabilities;
- educational difficulties: young people with learning difficulties; early school-leavers; low qualified adults; young people with poor school performance;
- economic obstacles: people with a low standard of living, low income, dependence on social welfare system or homeless; young people in long-term unemployment or poverty; people in debt or with financial problems;
- cultural differences: immigrants or refugees or descendants from immigrant or refugee families; people belonging to a national or ethnic minority; people with linguistic adaptation and cultural inclusion difficulties;
- health problems: people with chronic health problems, severe illnesses or psychiatric conditions;
- social obstacles: people facing discrimination because of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, etc.; people with limited social skills or anti-social or risky behaviours; people in a precarious situation; (ex-)offenders, (ex-)drug or alcohol abusers; young and/or single parents; orphans;
- geographical obstacles: people from remote or rural areas; people living in small islands or in peripheral regions; people from urban problem zones; people from less serviced areas (limited public transport, poor facilities).
In the field of youth, an Inclusion and Diversity Strategy has been designed as a common framework to support the participation and inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in Erasmus+. The Strategy is available on the website4 of the European Commission.