1. What are the priorities for projects to be financed 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 guidelines for 2014-2015 (pdf).
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.
2. 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 and competences 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, competencies 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.
3. 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
4. Is EYF 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.
5. What do I need to do if my organisation is 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).
6. 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 funding opportunities for youth NGOs in Europe. Requesting funds is not simply filling in a template: it has to make sense in a more general context, for you but also for us;
- because many questions that are addressed by email or by phone to the EYF have an answer on the website – unfortunately, these pages have not been visited (we have a software that shows us the number of hits per page, and some are hardly visited);
- 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.
Also, if something is totally confusing on the website, or needs further development, let us know and we will try to amend and make it better, clearer, and friendlier.
If you haven't found our contact details, here they are:
firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: +33 3 88 41 20 19
7. Experiencing difficulties with the website
Rule of thumb:
- first, try another browser! (preferably Internet Explorer 7,8,9, Firefox 18)
- second: check your add-ons and plug-ins and settings: they might be responsible for the difficulties
- third: don't panic. All our templates 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.
Note: all activities taking place in 2013 that were submitted through the old system will need to be reported through the old system.
8. How to find you GPS coordinates?
Click HERE and learn how to find your GPS location!
Click and browse through the Statute of the European Youth Foundation. It will give you a good insight into our administration.