On 20 October 2016, the European Commission published its 2017 Call for Proposals for Erasmus+, the European Union's programme for education, training, youth and sport.
For 2017, funds expected to be available for the programme should increase by almost €300 million compared to 2016, also representing a record annual rise of funds since the first year of the Erasmus+ programme (2014). This will benefit Erasmus students, but also teachers, apprentices, volunteers and young people involved in sport projects, while also supporting cooperation between education institutions, youth organisations and businesses.
As in 2016, priority will be given to projects promoting social inclusion.
The expected increase in budget would be an acknowledgement of the positive impact of the programme on the lives and personal projects of people all over Europe. The funds available for 2017 will also be used to implement the European Solidarity Corps.