E+Civil Society Cooperation-Youth
Cooperation with civil society organisations in the youth field is essential in necessary for raising awareness about the EU Youth Strategy and the European Year of Youtth.
The present call aims to provide structural support to European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) and EU-wide networks active in the field of youth pursuing the following aims:
– Raise stakeholder awareness of EU Youth Strategy for the period 2019-2027, including the European Youth Goals;
– Develop, promote and support actions to engage, connect and empower youth in the spirit of the EU Youth Strategy;
– Increase awareness and youth participation in EU actions for young people, such as Erasmus+ including the DiscoverEU initiative and the European Solidarity Corps;
– Increase commitment and cooperation of youth civil society actors with public authorities for the implementation of policies in areas relevant for young people;
– Boost stakeholder participation, including by building upon the potential of digital communication alongside other forms of participation;
– Boost stakeholder involvement in the dissemination of policy and Programme actions and results and good practice among their membership and beyond.
The call also embraces the four general priorities of the Von der Leyen Commission as embedded in the Erasmus+ programme namely – inclusion and diversity, – digital transformation, – environment and fight against climate change as well as participation in democratic life.
Priority will be given to the core areas of the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027: engage, connect and empower young people.
A particular focus will be on strengthening cross-sectorial cooperation that allows for greater synergies across different areas of actions that matter for young people, promoting youth participation in various scales and formats and supporting active citizenship of young people, notably youth at risk of social exclusion.
Specifically for 2022, priority will also be given to activities linked to the European Year of Youth.
Specific priorities include:
- Promoting active citizenship, young people’s sense of initiative and youth entrepreneurship including social entrepreneurship;
- Increasing quality, innovation and recognition of youth work;
- Strengthening the employability of young people;
- Reinforcing links between policy, research and practice
Activities may be performed at European, cross- border, national, regional or local level.
They must not start before 1st January 2022 and must be completed by 31st December 2022.
Eligible activities should aim to:
– Contribute to the realisation of the European Youth Goals as attached to the EU Youth Strategy;
– Contribute to the activities as defined for the 2022 European Year of Youth;
– Adhere to the guiding principles set for the EU Youth Strategy and in this regard promoting:
- Equality and non-discrimination, by combating all forms of discrimination and promoting action to encourage young people’s fair and equal access to opportunities and facilitate their transition to adulthood, including in civic life, at school or in the world of work;
- Inclusion, catering for the diverse needs of young people and especially those with fewer opportunities or whose voices may be overlooked;
- Participation of all young people in democratic and civic life in Europe; by meaningful action to involve young people and youth organisations at European, national, regional or local level in the development, implementation and follow-up of policy issues; promoting debate and actions to make young people’s voices better heard in society; and encouraging them to vote in elections;
- Global, European, national, regional and local dimension, ensuring European activities reach and impact young people at grassroots level and connect to global issues of concern to young people;
– Foster the development of competences and skills through non-formal and informal learning, youth organisations and youth work; promote digital literacy, intercultural learning, critical thinking, the respect of diversity, and the values of solidarity, equal opportunities and human rights among young people in Europe;
– Contribute to relevant EU policy initiatives beyond youth policy affecting young people in areas such as citizenship, education, culture, sport, employment or social inclusion.
All the above activities should contribute to widening the outreach towards young people to ensure a diversity of voices, reach young people within and beyond youth organisations and youth with fewer opportunities, thereby using a variety of traditional and digital channels.
Who can apply
– Category 1: European non-governmental organisations (ENGO);
– Category 2: EU-wide networks (informal network)
– Established in one of the eligible countries: Erasmus+ Programme Countries:
- EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden)
- non-EU countries associated to the Programme (North Macedonia, Serbia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey).
A European non-governmental organisation (ENGO) must:
– operate through a formally recognised structure, composed of a) European body/secretariat (the applicant) legally established for at least one year in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme and of national organisations/branches in at least nine EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme,
– have a proven statutory link with the European body/secretariat;
– be active in the field of youth.
An EU-wide network (informal network) must:
– be composed of legally autonomous non-profit organisations active in the field of youth and running activities that support the implementation of the core areas of the EU Youth Strategy,
– operate through an informal governance setting, composed of (a) an organisation legally established for at least one year on the date of submission of the application in a Eligible Country with functions of coordination of and support to the network at European level (the applicant); and (b) other organisations established in at least nine Eligible Countries,
– involve young people in the management and governance of the network.
The total budget is EUR 4 000 000.
Deadline: 15 December 2021, 17.00 CET.
Find out more here.
For further support please contact the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).