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Who is eligible to register with the EYF?

The EYF does not support individuals. It only supports non-governmental youth organisations.

Organisations are difficult to define and classify, which is why you have a few questions to answer before registering. This is to help you think about whether your organisation and its work correspond to what the EYF supports. If this is not the case, you should approach other funding agencies more suitable to support your work. There is no point wasting time and energy for nothing!

Before registering, you should also have a look at the homepage of the Council of Europe's youth sector. The orientation of your organisation (its vision and mission, and its field of operation and main activities) must have a link with the work of the Council of Europe and the priorities of the youth sector. Each organisation has a different purpose, perspective and interest. What is important is that the organisation seeks social improvement based on human rights, democracy and the rule of law for a more tolerant society.

Your organisation must be non-profit-making and non-governmental, i.e. not part of a government. If you are funded or partially funded by a government, no government representative can be a member. It cannot be a private business either.

Your organisation must be a youth organisation: the decision-making structure is composed of young people; the members of the organisation must be young people; your activities and projects are carried out by young people, for young people and with young people. NGOS wishing to apply for a grant must first be registered online.

1: Register your organisation


If you are a first time applicant register your organisation.

You must provide detailed information on your organisation's aims, membership, structure, national branches or partners (if you are an international youth NGO or international  network of youth NGOs), international affiliations or partners (if you are a national youth NGO) and the names of those key people in leadership positions. We may request certified copies or original documents confirming the information provided.

Have a look at the 6 criteria below to find out if you are eligible for support and financial aid. Before trying to register you will be asked (in the online system) these same questions.

  • My organisation is a non-profit-making and non-governmental.
  • My organisation has its own statutes.
  • My organisation runs activities for young people (15-30 years old).
  • It is young people who take the decisions on our programme of activities.
  • Members of my organisation are aged between 15 and 30 years old.
  •  Our work is in line with the values and priorities of the Council of Europe.

More information to help you with registration


For those already registered in the old EYF system

Basic information from your present registration has been transferred to the new system. Verify the information, fill in what is missing and upload your statutes and annual report. You will keep your NGO number, but this will no longer be your login. Your organisation's e-mail will be your new login. The password is the same.

INFO: NGOs need to provide their GPS location. Wonder why? Well…this information will feed the map! The map will allow you to see which other organisations are registered with us, find possible partners in your home country or in other CoE member states. Please have this information ready to be included in your registration form (see instructions).

More information to help you with registration


Who can apply?

Your NGO has to be based in one of the signatories to the European Cultural Convention (all CoE member states and Belarus, Holy and Kazakhstan).

The following types of youth NGOs can apply to the EYF:

2: Get approved

In an effort to continue sustaining engaged, responsible organisations/networks while being ourselves accountable and transparent, we evaluate each new organisation registered and do not guarantee your registration will be approved. Please provide as much information as possible, as incorrect and/or misleading or partially filled applications will not be considered.

The registration of your organisation needs to be validated before you can submit a project application.

3: If validated, submit application

If you have been validated, congratulations! You can now have access to the online application forms.

If your organisation has not been registered, you will receive an official message from the EYF stating the reasons for the rejection of your registration.

Grant beneficiaries must

  • use the Council of Europe logo* and the visual identity of the EYF on any publication, material, website
  • mention the support of the EYF
  • print the EYF posters and use them in the venue during their activities
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