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The European Youth Foundation (EYF) is a fund established by the Council of Europe to provide financial support for European youth activities. It aims to encourage co-operation amongst young people in Europe by providing financial support to youth activities. It concerns activities, which serve the promotion of peace, understanding and co-operation in a spirit of respect for human rights, democracy, tolerance and solidarity.
The EYF provides financial support to the following types of activity undertaken by youth NGOs or networks, or by other NGOs involved in the areas of youth work relevant to the Council of Europe's youth policies and work:
- educational, social, cultural and humanitarian activities of a European character
- activities aiming at strengthening peace and co-operation in Europe
- activities designed to promote closer co-operation and better understanding among young people in Europe, particularly by developing the exchange of information
- activities intended to stimulate mutual aid in Europe and in the developing countries for cultural, educational and social purposes studies, research and documentation on youth matters.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
Who is eligible to register with the EYF?
The EYF does not support individuals. It only supports non-governmental youth organisations.
Organisations are difficult to define and classify, which is why you have a few questions to answer before registering. This is to help you think about whether your organisation and its work correspond to what the EYF supports. If this is not the case, you should approach other funding agencies more suitable to support your work. There is no point wasting time and energy for nothing!
Before registering, you should also have a look at the homepage of the Council of Europe's youth sector. The orientation of your organisation (its vision and mission, and its field of operation and main activities) must have a link with the work of the Council of Europe and the priorities of the youth sector. Each organisation has a different purpose, perspective and interest. What is important is that the organisation seeks social improvement based on human rights, democracy and the rule of law for a more tolerant society.
Your organisation must be non-profit-making and non-governmental, i.e. not part of a government. If you are funded or partially funded by a government, no government representative can be a member. It cannot be a private business either.
Your organisation must be a youth organisation: the decision-making structure is composed of young people; themembers of the organisation must be young people; your activities and projects are carried out by young people, for young people and with young people. NGOS wishing to apply for a grant must first be registered online.
Who can apply and what is the eligibility criteria?
The EYF supports activities undertaken by the following types of organisations and/or networks:
- international youth NGOs: an international organisation that has members or branches in at least 7 Council of Europe member countries. The head office or seat of the organisation is considered separately to the branches.
- international network of youth NGOs: an international network can be considered as such when it includes at least 7 youth NGOs in 7 different CoE countries. When applying for EYF registration one organisation is considered as the applicant, thus the need for at least 6 other youth NGOs in 6 separate countries, members of CoE.
- regional network of youth NGOs: a regional network has at least 4 and not more than 6 youth NGOs in different CoE member countries. When applying for registration, the applicant organisation will be considered as 1 organisation, thus the need for 3 to 5 other youth NGOs in different CoE member countries.
- national youth NGOs: national level youth organisation in a Council of Europe member state.
- local youth NGOs: local level youth organisation in a Council of Europe member state.
Deadline: October 01, 2021
Cost/funding for participants: