Our approach is based on our values and promises


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. We created our new online system to communicate with you before, during and after your activity.

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.

Just like the spices that make a great dish - quality content and resources make all the difference!

The process

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


NGO registration

NGO wishing to apply for a grant must first of all register online.

Grant application

 There are four kinds of grants open to different types of organisations:

Projects must fit the current priorities of the Council of Europe’s youth sector.

EYF assessment

Each application will be assessed by three different people in the secretariat. This is what we call the three impressions.

The approach tries to ensure diversity of opinions and perspectives. The first person checks the application according to the 3 Cs –clear, coherent, convincing. The second impression’s focus is on the content and methodology of the application. During this phase online communication with NGOs will be established, if needed. EYF staff may raise questions, give feedback and as a consequence specific fields of the online application will be re-opened for the NGO to modify, if necessary. EYF’s recommendations are not obligatory, ownership of the application remains with the NGO. As soon as the communication is closed, the application will be given to the third person. This person will prepare a recommendation for the next stage of the process, the decision-making.


The EYF secretariat only prepares a recommendation which is passed onto the Programming Committee on Youth which takes all decisions about applications.