What is a pilot activity?
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 the Council of Europe's youth sector for 2014-2015).
What criteria is used to evaluate pilot activity applications?
When assessing applications for pilot activities taking place in 2014, 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.
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 developed in the framework of the priority programmes of the youth sector of the Council of Europe will be considered. Examples: Young people combating Hate Speech On-Line, Roma Youth Action Plan, Youth Peace Ambassadors, Enter 2!, Beyond the crisis and Participation at local and regional level.
Please also note that special attention will be given to pilot activities integrating a gender perspective. This should in fact be the case for all EYF-supported activities and should be clearly explained in the grant application.
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.
When to apply for pilot activities?
Applications must be submitted at least 3 months before the beginning of the activity. The Programming Committee on Youth takes decisions on pilot activities every 4-6 weeks. This process will be slower during the summer break.