What is an international network of youth NGOs?
An international network of non-governmental youth organisations is composed of organisations from different countries that have decided to work collaboratively on a long-term basis. The minimum required is 7 organisations based in 7 different countries (members of the Council of Europe*).
In the EYF context, we mention the applicant country plus 6 other NGOs as we consider that such a network needs to define (if only for the purpose of working with the EYF) one organisation that serves as the "headquarters" and/or international co-operation structure. The network must have its own statutes.
To receive support from the EYF, the "central" organisation should apply for an annual work plan or international activity in the name of the other organisations in the network. This organisation can also apply for a structural grant (see eligibility criteria) on behalf of the network.
Question: My organisation has carried out projects with other organisations all over Europe. Does this make us an international network?
Answer: Not necessarily. Unless you have worked on common strategies and sharing of resources and/or funding on a regular basis, your organisation cannot be considered as an international network.
* Statute of the European Youth Foundation
Article 3 – Participation by Contracting Parties to the European Cultural Convention, not members of the Council of Europe: Any Contracting Party to the European Cultural Convention which is not a member of the Council of Europe may be invited by a decision of the Committee of Ministers to participate in the activities of the Foundation.
What can an international network of youth NGO apply for?
When to apply?
How to apply?
Every NGO interested in applying to the European Youth Foundation has to go through this application process.