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Capacity Building in the field of Youth
Erasmus+ - Key Action 2 – Cooperation among Organisations and Institutions
Estimated EU contribution per project
max. € 300,000.00
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Capacity-building in the field of youth projects are international cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of youth in the EU and countries associated to the Programme, on the one hand, and in third countries not associated to the Programme, on the other hand. For the latter, this action targets exclusively countries in Region 1 (Western Balkans), Region 2 (Eastern Partnership) and Region 3 (Southern Mediterranean). Projects aim at supporting international cooperation in the field of youth and non-formal learning, as a driver of sustainable socio-economic development and well-being among youth organisations and young people.
The action targets organisations active in the field of youth and aims at:
- raising the capacity of organisations working with young people outside formal learning;
- promoting non-formal learning activities in the eligible third countries not associated to the Programme, especially in organisations that target young people with fewer opportunities, and foster the participation of young people in all their diversity, with a view to improving their level of competences and opportunities to act, thus enabling them to ensure the active participation of young people in society.
- supporting the development of youth work in the eligible third countries not associated to the Programme, improving its quality and recognition;
- fostering the development, testing and launching of schemes and programmes allowing organisations to enhance non-formal learning mobility in the eligible third countries not associated to the Programme;
- supporting organisations in the eligible third countries not associated to the Programme to contribute to the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy (2019-2027) including the 11 European Youth goals, the European Youth Work Agenda, the Youth Action Plan in the EU External Action (2022-2027) and to the follow-up of the European Year of Skills launched in 2023;
- fostering cooperation between youth organisations across different regions of the world through joint initiatives;
- fostering participation of smaller organisations, as well as organisations from remote areas and smaller localities
- enhancing synergies and complementarities of youth organisations working with young people outside formal learning with formal education systems and/or the labour market.
Expected effects and impacts
The granted projects should demonstrate their expected impact by improving the capacity of youth organisations, particularly in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme to:
- contribute to the ‘Engage-Connect-Empower’ priorities of the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027 and the European Youth Work Agenda.
- building on outcomes of the European Youth Goals, the Youth Dialogue and other youth projects;
- improve the involvement of young people in democratic life, in terms of active citizenship and engagement with decision-makers (empowerment, new skills, involvement of young people in project design, etc.), in particular in the eligible third countries not associated to the Programme;
- improve the entrepreneurial and innovative capacities of young people in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme;
- work transnationally while ensuring inclusiveness, solidarity and sustainability;
- promote and contribute to transnational learning and cooperation between young people and decision makers, in particular in the eligible third countries not associated to the Programme;
- upscale existing practices and outreach beyond the partnership, including making good use of digital means to stay connected under all circumstances even in situations of remoteness, isolation or confinement;
- link their results to local communities, creating job opportunities and nurturing innovative ideas that could be replicated and scaled up in other settings in third countries not associated to the Programme;
- demonstrate inclusion and accessibility of target groups with fewer opportunities and individuals in third countries not associated to the Programme;
- develop new tools and non-formal learning methods, especially those promoting the acquisition/improvement of competences, including media literacy skills innovative practices, in particular in the eligible third countries not associated to the Programme;
- disseminate their results in an effective and attractive way among young people involved in youth organisations.
Proposals should focus on supporting youth organisations working with young people outside formal learning in one or more of the following thematic areas:
- political participation, civic engagement and dialogue with decision-makers;
- inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities;
- democracy, rule of law and values, youth leadership;
- empowerment / engagement / employability of young people ;
- peace and post-conflict reconciliation;
- environment and climate;
- anti-discrimination and gender equality;
- digital and entrepreneurial skills.
The activities proposed must be directly linked to the general and specific objectives of the action, i.e. they must correspond to one or more of the thematic areas listed above and they must be detailed in a project description covering the entire implementation period. Importantly, in the context of this international action, project activities must focus on building and strengthening the capacities of youth organisations, so that they are better equipped to support young people principally in the third countries not associated to the Programme covered by the action.
Funded projects will be able to integrate a wide range of cooperation, exchange, communication and other activities of youth organisations working with young people outside formal learning that:
- contribute to encouraging policy dialogue, cooperation, networking and exchanges of practices;
- promote strategic cooperation between youth organisations on the one hand and public authorities, particularly in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme;
- promote the cooperation between youth organisations and organisations active in the education and training fields as well as with organisations active on the labour market;
- raise the capacities of youth councils, youth platforms and local, regional and national authorities dealing with youth, in particular in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme;
- enhance the management, governance, innovation capacity, leadership and internationalisation of youth organisations, particularly in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme
- support the development by youth organisations, particularly in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme, of information and awareness campaigns, as well as the development of information, communication and media tools;
- help youth organisations, particularly in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme, to develop youth work methods, tools and materials, including encouraging initiatives of co-creation and co-design of projects, allowing participatory project creation;
- help youth organisations, particularly in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme, to create new forms of delivering youth work and providing training and support; facilitate non-formal learning mobility.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Liechtenstein, Montenegro (Црна Гора), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна)
Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs)
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 4 applicants (beneficiaries, not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions:
- minimum 1 legal entity from an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme;
- minimum 2 legal entities from 2 different eligible third countries not associated to the Programme belonging to the same eligible Region mentioned above in “Who can apply”.
- Organisations from different eligible regions cannot participate in the same projects. Cross-regional projects are not eligible.
- Affiliated entities and associated partners do not count for the consortium composition.
Activities must take place in the countries of the applicant organisations (coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities if any). In duly justified cases, activities can also take place in other eligible countries of this action.
other eligibility criteria
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities, if applicable) must be:
- legal entities:
- NGOs (including European Youth NGOs and national Youth Councils) working in the field of Youth;
- public authorities at local, regional or national level;
- Public or private companies (small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises) may also participate but not as coordinator.
- legally established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme, or in third countries not associated to the Programme from regions 1 (Western Balkans), Region 2 (Neighbourhood East) or Region 3 (South Mediterranean countries). Please see section "Eligible Countries" in Part A of Programme Guide.
- The grant will be a lump-sum grant.
- Financial support to third parties in the form of grants or prizes is not allowed.
- Volunteers’ costs are not allowed.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
between 12 and 36 months
Applications must be submitted to the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
Each applicant must be registered as follows:
- For actions managed by the Executive Agency, applicants, affiliated entities and associated partners must register in the Funding & tender opportunities portal (FTOP) and receive a Participant Identification Code (PIC). Organisations/groups that have already obtained a PIC through their participation in other EU programmes do not need to register again. The PIC obtained from this previous registration is valid also for applying under Erasmus+;
- For actions managed by National Agencies, applicants must if not already done, register through the Organisation Registration system https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-esc for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps and receive an Organisation ID.
Applications must be complete containing all parts and mandatory annexes. Only clerical errors can be corrected after the submission deadline upon request of the managing agency for duly justified cases.
For actions managed by the Executive Agency, applications must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/home. Applications (including annexes and supporting documents) must be submitted using the forms provided in the Submission System.
Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supportingdocuments:
- Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
- Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
- Part C (to be filled in directly online, if any) containing additional project data
Applications (Part B) are limited to 40 pages for calls for low value grants (EUR 60 000 or below); 120 pages for calls with high value grants ( EUR 4 000 000) and 70 for all other calls. Evaluators will not consider any additional pages.
For actions managed by the Erasmus+ National Agencies, applications must be submitted electronically via the forms available in the Erasmus+ website and the websites of the Erasmus+ National Agencies.