What are the priorities for projects to be supported by the EYF?
All activities supported by the EYF must be in line with the priorities and values of the Council of Europe and contribute to the youth sector's priorities – see the priorities for 2016-2017.
In addition, a pilot activity must be an "intervention" addressing a specific societal challenge affecting young people. This means that, in a particular local context, you have identified a hot issue or a specific challenge that young people are faced with. You will be asked to explain the influence you expect your activity to have on the local context. Priority will be given to projects involving local authorities and/or social services/workers and those supported by an international NGO. Priority will also be given to projects presented by young people who have followed a training course organised by the Council of Europe's Youth Department. See more details on the Grants page - including the priorities for 2015.
What type of projects does the EYF support?
The core aim of your activity should fall under one of the following broad categories:
- Awareness-raising: participants are made aware of something (knowledge, particular situation, particular solutions or responses). Outcome: Participants can say "I now know about…" and/or "I am aware of…".
- Skills development: participants develop skills to address a situation. Outcome: Participants are in a position to say "I can now do this" or/and "I now have the ability to…".
- Collaborative work: participants' skills and knowledge serve as a basis to build and/or develop a product (e.g. a campaign, guidelines, recommendations, etc.). Outcome: Participants can say "I have contributed to develop this…".
Some activities have a mix of all three. But you should choose the one that corresponds best in terms of input, outcomes and concrete results you want to achieve.
Will the EYF support this?
Here are a few example of initiatives that will not receive support from the EYF:
- scholarships of any kind (school, university, research, programmes or exchanges, vocational training)
- commercial operations
- construction, purchase or equipment of buildings
- humanitarian projects outside Europe
- sports activities
- travel costs only for participants in international exchanges
- projects in agriculture and water sanitation
- additional funding to cover costs for disadvantaged participants to take part in projects and/or activities funded by other donors
- financial support for collecting and sending pedagogical material and/or food and/or clothes and/or books anywhere in the world
Is EYF support and funding compatible with EU or other funding?
Yes. What is more: the EYF can only fund two-thirds of the total real costs of an international activity and you will need to find co-funding. You will have to justify in your financial report that this is co-funding and not double funding by providing invoices and proof of payment of all the expenditure (real costs).
Even though the EYF can in principle cover 100% of the costs of a pilot activity, the amount of the grant awarded may be lower than the grant requested. It is therefore advisable to search for other additional sources of financing to ensure that the activity can go ahead as planned.
What do I need to do if my organisation was already registered in the old EYF system?
Basic information from your present registration has been transferred to the new system. Verify the information, fill in what is missing and upload your statutes and annual report. You will keep your NGO number, but this will no longer be your login.
Your organisation's e-mail will be your new login. Organisations need to provide their GPS location. This information will feed the map you see on the homepage. Please have this information ready to be included in your registration form (see instructions).
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a problem.
I want to submit a request, who can I contact for clarification?
First, it is very likely that the answer is somewhere on the website. But going straight to the page "Grants" is not necessarily the best option or strategy:
- because the other pages help you understand how we work and, more importantly, why the youth sector of the Council of Europe has support opportunities for youth NGOs in Europe;
- because many questions that are addressed by email or by phone to the EYF have an answer on the website;
- because turning systematically for help to the EYF is taking away time from us that could be used going into a deeper dialogue with the NGOs.
We are here to answer your questions, of course, but please keep in mind that you should first look at the website.
If you haven't found our contact details, here they are:
email@example.com; telephone: +33 3 88 41 20 19
Experiencing difficulties with the website?
Rule of thumb:
- first, try another browser! (preferably Firefox)
- second: check your add-ons and plug-ins and settings: they might be responsible for the difficulties
- third: don't panic. All our forms are in Word format . If it looks like pdf, the chances are you need to click on some button somewhere on the screen to download in word format (or open office, or whatever your system allows)
- fourth: remember that, from now on, the website is separate from the online application system.
Click HERE and learn how to find your GPS location! For information, the correct format is 48.60228,7.769466 (no space after the comma). If your registration is validated, go and see if you are correctly located on the map!
What does the status of my application mean?
If you have applied to the EYF, you would have noticed that your application will go through various phases and statuses.
Have a look at the “APPLICATION PROCESS” document. It takes you through all the possible statuses of applications, granted activities and reports.