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A pilot activity should be an "intervention", i.e. an activity addressing a contextual societal challenge affecting young people at local level. It should also be based on innovation or on replication.

Pilot activities should have clear links to and an impact on the local context and correspond to focused themes of the Council of Europe youth programme (please refer to the priorities for pilot activities).

What criteria are used to evaluate applications?

When assessing applications for pilot activities, the EYF will concentrate on the following criteria:

  • Activities addressing challenges affecting young people at local level. What the EYF expects is that you highlight a specific challenge/concern affecting young people at local level based on real needs, and propose ways of tackling the issue with a view to finding solutions.
  • NGOs should be very concrete and specific when introducing the local context, the situation of young people, their challenges and needs. It should be clear how their proposed activity will help respond to these challenges at local level.
  • Activities should be based on innovation or on replication and have clear links to and an impact on the local context.
    • What is an innovative activity? Examples could be using new approaches, methodologies and/or tools in different contexts based on the specific needs of the target group. Show us what innovation means for you!
    • What is an activity based on replication? An example could be taking as a basis a good practice of a project that has taken place in one particular setting, and adapting it to another cultural setting or with a different target group based on the needs and specific context.
  • Activities should aim to initiate change even if this might not be immediately visible.
  • The duration of a pilot activity should not exceed six months.

Themes for pilot activities 2017

When assessing applications for pilot activities taking place in 2017, the EYF will pay particular attention to those integrating a gender perspective (bearing in mind the Council of Europe strategy for Gender Equality 2014-2017). Carried out in co-operation with local authorities, local media, social workers and educators, these initiatives will have to deal with the following themes:  building inclusive and peaceful societies, combating extremism and radicalisation.

The EYF does not want to tell you what to do. You are in the best position to know what the needs of young people are in your local context and how to respond to them. We encourage you to develop your own project addressing issues that are specific to your community/environment/country, and that will have a local impact and a clear multiplying effect.

The maximum grant allocated is € 10,000. Contrary to international activities, the EYF can cover the real total costs of the activity up to this amount.

Gender perspective criteria included in all EYF grants

Special attention will be given to applications integrating a gender perspective. This should be clearly explained in the grant application. Gender perspective does not mean having an equal number of female and male participants. You should try to develop your project looking through different gender glasses, taking into account the needs of young women and men. More information on gender: www.coe.int/equality and the EYF gender perspectives web page developed having in mind youth NGOs.

Who can apply?

INFO: can be carried out by international NGOs/networks as part of their work plan and in co-operation with local NGOs.

When to apply?

 Pilot activity grant applications must be submitted at least three months before the beginning of the activity. For more information, have a look at the EYF Deadlines.

How to apply?

Every NGO interested in applying to the European Youth Foundation has to go through this application process.

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