The European Youth Foundation at a glance
What is the European Youth Foundation?
The European Youth Foundation (EYF) is a fund established in 1972 by the Council of Europe to provide financial and educational support for European youth activities. Only youth NGOs from the 46 Council of Europe member states, as well as the European Cultural Convention Signatories: Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Holy See, and the Russian Federation, can apply to the Foundation.
The EYF is part of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Democratic Participation, Directorate General of Democracy and Human Dignity.
The European Youth Foundation is an instrument:
- to make the voice of youth heard at a top decision making level;
- managed by both youth non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and government representatives, who decide and monitor the Council of Europe's Youth programme;
- to support European non-governmental youth organisations and networks;
- to promote peace, understanding and respect.
The Foundation has an annual budget of approximately 3.8 million Euros, which is mainly made up of obligatory contributions from each Council of Europe member state.
Since 1972, more than 300 000 young people, aged between 15 and 30 and mostly from member states, have benefited directly from EYF supported activities.
The Council of Europe
The Council of Europe (CoE) has its headquarters in Strasbourg, France. With 46 member states and a combined population of over 700 million people, the Council of Europe was set up in 1949 to ensure that the atrocities of WW II never happen again. Its work is unique in that everything it does is based on its core values: human rights, democracy and rule of law.
The Council of Europe is a separate organisation from the 27-member European Union.
Our offices in Strasbourg
We are based in Strasbourg, a city with a rich and agitated history; bicultural through its belonging to France and Germany at different times in the past. Strasbourg is a place of reconciliation between nations.
Our offices are in the European Youth Centre (EYC) (30 Rue Pierre de Coubertin, 67000 Strasbourg, France), an international training and meeting centre with residential facilities, hosting most of the youth sector's activities.
Chances are that you will bump into us if you attend a meeting at the EYC in Strasbourg.
We're always happy to say a quick hello!