Our approach is based on our values 

Meaningful. We support European youth activities which are collaborative, educating, engaging and inspiring!

We focus on content and methodology. We want to know the thought process behind your application and report. What do you want to do? Why is it needed? We want to know how your project really went, how you did it and why did you do it that way. We want you to think outside the box.

The EYF is clearly expecting that youth projects have a non-formal education (NFE) approach. Are you applying non-formal education principles and methodology? If you feel you need to know more about NFE, please consult our list of resources to have more insight on non-formal education.

We believe in a 2-way communication process. Our online system allows for communication with NGOs before, during and after each project.

We believe in sharing. We believe in visibility. We believe in win-win situations. We expect you to promote the work of the Council of Europe and the European Youth Foundation by using our materials and visual identity elements. We want to share your projects, videos, photos and other resources. We want to give you the visibility you deserve.

Every NGO interested in applying to the European Youth Foundation for a grant must first of all register online. Once registered, the NGO may submit applications for grants, following the Application process, and according to the deadlines in place. The projects must fit the current priorities of the Council of Europe’s youth sector. Afterwards, the Programming Committee on Youth takes the decisions about applications; this process is explained in the section on "Who decides and how". The Grant decisions page provides information about the projects approved. The Grant obligations and Reporting pages provide important information about the requirements for the NGOs whose grants were approved. The Volunteer Time Recognition page explain the method applied by the EYF to recognise the time given by volunteers to youth activities it supports. Finally, the page called Accountability explains how the EYF is accountable for the use of its funds.