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
Every two years, the Youth Sector 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 eduation 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.
Having a gender perspective 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.
We will not give you a recipe for what your project should look like, however, all projects should address the objectives and needs they have identified in ways that are coherent with the target group and the expected learning outcomes. The EYF can support different formats such as training courses, seminars, workshops, campaigns, one-off acivities or a series of related events, as long as they respect the criteria for each grant category and the principles of Non-Formal Education.
What we do not support
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.
Examples of EYF supported projects
In 2017, the EYF created a series of posters which give examples of different projects we have supported, organised by grant category. Click on the images to enlarge.