Examples of supported projects
The European Youth Foundation provides financial and educational support to a wide range of youth projects, focusing on a range of different topics. We offer grant categories which support projects with different scopes, duration and approach. Whether projects take place at local or international level, EYF-supported projects all share some common characteristics.
Youth at the core
For a project to be supported by the EYF, it must be developed and implemented by, with and for young people and must respond to issues, needs and/or challenges affecting partners, but youth should always be at the core of the project. The EYF supports activities that are developed and implemented by young organisations and not individuals.
Youth sector priorities
Regularly, the youth sector of the Council of Europe decides on a series of priorities which guide the work of the whole Youth Department, including EYF-supported projects. Follow this link to learn more about the current strategic priorities, as well as the specific themes which have been defined for local pilot activities.
Non-formal education refers to planned, structured programmes and processes of personal and social education for young people designed to improve a range of skills and competences, outside the formal educational curriculum. Visit the EYF page on non-formal education to learn more about what is expected. You may want to work with a professional NFE trainer, and the Youth Department has a pool of trainers who can help you to design and implement your project. Follow this link to learn more about requesting and working with a COE trainer.
Gender equality and inclusion
Inclusion of gender in youth projects means that gender is considered in your project, both regarding content (the issues being addressed may affect people with different gender profiles in different ways) and the process of developing and implementing the project itself, which should be inclusive to gender diversity. Learn more in the EYF gender page, where you can also find useful resources.
Inclusion in youth projects is of key importance as an active approach to inclusion means breaking down the barriers to youth work for groups of young people who are exposed to discrimination, exclusion and marginalisation.
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;
- sports activities;
- participation 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.
Priority 1: Revitalising pluralistic democracy
1. "Know your say", international activity of the Alliance Européenne des YMCA (YMCA), grant awarded €20.000
This project aims at developing young people’s knowledge of democracy and active citizenship that enables them to effectively influence democratic systems through exercising their rights. This international activity is a four-day active citizenship skills development training for 50 young people to become more active in their communities, in supporting others to access their rights, and in political processes, in the context of youth disengagement with institutions and democracy. The training course participants will then act as multipliers back home and they will carry out local action plan. This activity will happen in parallel with the 50th anniversary of YMCA Europe.
2. "Deaf Youth Be Green!", international activity of the European Union of Deaf Youth (EUDY), grant awarded €20.000
This project aims at understanding the impact of climate change on the deaf community. The international activity is a nine-day meeting of 45 deaf young people from EUDY member organisations to explore the theme of climate change and increase their green activism. There is currently a lack of awareness of the topic and lack of accessible possibility to engage in environmental work for deaf youth, hence this activity will provide an opportunity in this sense. A media campaign will be organised as a follow-up to the meeting, in order to further raise awareness on this topic among the youth deaf communities.
3. "REVIVE - Revitalising Voices of youth in Europe", annual work plan of the Young European Federalists (JEF), grant awarded €46.075
The main theme of the project is revitalising democracy, participation of young people in political life and addressing the shrinking space for civil society, and this project follows up on JEF’s involvement in the “Democracy here. Democracy now” campaign. This project addresses more specifically the situation of specific countries where democracy is under threat. The project includes five activities, namely a kick-off event and a European level capacity building training, followed by a regional training in Central and Eastern Europe on CM/Rec(2022)6 and the situation of youth civic spaces in Europe and a similar one in Western Balkans to address the civic space situations there. Then, the project includes local advocacy actions where participants of previous activities will apply their new skills at the local level, and, finally, there will be a closing event.
4. "My Europe My Say! Young Scouts’ engagement in Europe’s democratic changemaking", annual work plan of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, grant awarded €43.560
This project aims at strengthening youth participation in political settings and bringing the EU closer to young people, educating them, and informing them of the dynamics of the institutions as well as providing the necessary competences and tools for their active involvement within their respective communities. The project is linked to the occasion of the 2024 EU elections and will allow WOSM to create a democratic vision for Scouts’ engagement. The project includes three international activities, the first will create a map of institutional engagement, the second will lead to the creation of an advocacy strategy, and then in the last activity they will create a call for action.
Priority 2: Young people's access to rights
1. "Mental health within youth work", international activity of the Don Bosco Youth net (DBYN), grant awarded € 9.736,5
The project is a five-day capacity building activity for 18 participants, aimed at improving the quality of youth work in their organisations, taking into account the effects of the pandemic on the mental health of children and young people they work with, particularly the most excluded ones. They plan to improve the skills of youth workers to deal in appropriate ways with young people’s mental health, through technical skills related to wellbeing as well as addressing safeguarding policies in youth work. After the project, DBYN and participants will disseminate the results, including through the production of a manual, and follow-up plans are made to assess changes over time, as they plan to work on t he issues for the next 3 years.
2. "Building Youth Employability Competencies of Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic", pilot activity of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA Plsenz. S.), grant awarded €14.960
The project focuses on the employability skills of Ukrainian young people living in the Czech Republic. The aim is to increase employability of young Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic, through the creation of an information website for youth Ukrainian refugees and capacity building, both for skills development and information about the local culture. The project is planned to reach 206 young Ukrainian refugees, and 40 youth from Czech Republic will also join part of the programme, contributing to further inclusion.
3. "Media and Social Media Literacy for Revitalising Pluralistic Democracy", annual work plan by the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO), grant awarded €41.040,64
FEMYSO will empower, upskill and create media-competent Muslim youth through the training activities of this work plan. The needs for this are presented through Muslims being a marginalised and racialised group, which is often portrayed negatively by the media. They will target especially Muslims from rural youth to strengthen their abilities and opportunities to participate actively in creating pluralistic democracy. They start with a residential training course to set the theoretical and conceptual background on media and social media literacy, then an online training course to get a more in-hand knowledge and skills, and a final residential activity to gain the practical skills to engage in media and create their content. A campaign is the red thread of all 3 activities, as it is developed throughout the work plan, to be launched at the end of the project.
4. "Healthy ME Healthy YOUth", annual work plan of Rural Youth Europe (RYEurope), grant awarded € 38.360
The main theme of this project is healthy living for rural young people, in relation to food habits and lifestyle, exploring subthemes such as healthy food and exercise, and mental health. The project’s aim is to support young people’s access to the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health by building the knowledge and tools youth clubs and organisations need to support young people in understanding and attaining this right. This will be achieved through 3 international activities, where they build capacity, come together to discuss sustainability and plan their work at national and local level to bring real change to young people on the topic. Throughout the work plan, several outputs and tolls will be created, such as webinars, podcasts and a sustainable cooking handbook.
Priority 3: Peaceful and inclusive societies
1. "Play it Loud! Crescendo", annual work plan of JM International, grant awarded €50.000
The main theme of this project is gender equality in the youth and music sectors. It aims to train key stakeholders, create positive role models and raise awareness of gender mainstraming at the local, national and European levels. The project includes three international activities: a training of trainers, a capacity building for young people on awareness raising and advocacy on gender equality in their communities and the music industry, and a closing evaluation meeting, where an online educational resource pack will be finalised.
2. "Combating hate speech and hate crimes committed against LGBTQI young people", internatonal activity of the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer and Intersex Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO), grant awarded €17.400
This project aims to increase the knowledge and capacity of IGLYO, its member organisations and young European LGBTQI activists for combatting and mitigating hate speech, hate crimes and hate-bsed violence, with a goal of creating a set of guidelines throughout this process. It includes a four-day meeting to equip participants with tools to combat hate speech and hate crimes and relevant advocacy skills. In addition, participants engage in a collaborative process to produce a set of advocacy guidelines.
3. "Ukrainian young peacebuilders", pilot activity of the NGO Non-formal education for youth, grant awarded €7.435
This project aims to equip young people, especially internally displaced young people in Ukraine with non-violent communication and conflict transformation skills. The main activity is a five-day camp on peacebuilding and human rights, for 20 young people, who will acquire competences to navigate in an environment in which they often have to face discrimination or social tension. After the training, participants will implement small initiatives, to raise awareness about the topic in their local communities.
Priority 4: Youth work
1. "SkillUP to social inclusion", pilot activity of the Society Initiatives Institute, grant awarded €14.227
The project will contribute to building of inclusive societies in Ukraine, by developing competences of 25 activists, educators and youth workers and equipping them with creative educational tools, such as improvisation theatre and storytelling, for working with internally displaced youth and young people with fewer opportunities. After the training, participants will implement follow-up activities in their communities. Several outputs are foreseen: visibility tools (including a project video with footage from the activity and testimonies), and a brochure for social inclusion.
2. "DemocracySEE the change", international activity of the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU), grant awarded €18.542
Due to the pandemic restrictions, trainers and facilitators in the network of OBESSU had fewer opportunities to deliver activities in person. This left a gap which OBESSU will overcome with the help of a skill development activity for 25 trainers and facilitators to reinforce OBESSU's Pool of Trainers. The training course will focus on reinforcing the skills of trainers in fostering democratic spaces. The main outputs are a booklet with sessions outlines and discussions outcomes, and the training manifesto 'Trainers for democracy'.
3. "E = MC²º- Empowerment through Management and Coordination", annual work plan of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations, grant awarded €50.000
This project includes capacity-building activities to empower 20 younger members of Alliance with project cycle management skills, to plan and implement non-formal education activities promoting peace, intercultural education and social inclusion. Several activities are planned which cover different phases of project management: a first international activity is on project design, a second international activity on project implementation (coordination and group dynamics) and a last international activity on reporting. Between the second and the last activity there is a local phase, where participants implement local activities. A digital publication containing details of the local actions and an online course will be prepared.