European Youth Foundation

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The European Youth Foundation (EYF) is a fund established by the Council of Europe to provide financial and educational support for European youth activities. Only youth NGOs from Council of Europe member states, as well as the European Cultural Convention Signatories: Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Holy See, can apply to the Foundation.

The mission, roles and responsibilities of the Directorate of Democratic Participation:

Rooted in the European Cultural Convention, the mission of Directorate of Democratic Participation is to enable Europe’s citizens to participate effectively in today’s diverse and complex democratic societies. It encourages active and responsible citizenship by empowering citizens to contribute and develop a sense of ownership over the activities of decision-makers and institutions.

International meeting of young people or youth leaders in Europe which contribute to the work of the youth sector of the Council of Europe in topic, methodology and with a clear European dimension.


The following hard criteria are a requirement for an international activity:

  • Must fall under the Youth Sector Priorities in effect during the activity;
  • Participants must represent at least 7 Council of Europe member states*;
  • It has to be run by an international team (4 nationalities represented in the project team);
  • 75 % of participants under 30 years old;
  • A gender and geographical balance must be ensured;
  • A gender perspective is taken into account throughout the whole process.
  • Importance is also given to a non-formal education approach in your projects.

Until now, four working days were considered as a minimum duration for an international activity based on the principles of non-formal education/learning. However, in order to adapt to NGOs’ needs, the EYF will no longer consider this duration as a hard criterion. Nevertheless, the EYF will continue to assess grant applications on the basis of their merit and the quality of the programme provided. NGOs applying for activities lasting less than four days will have to convince the EYF that the activity is based on a non-formal education approach.

Who can apply?

  • International non-governmental youth organisations can apply on their own;
  • International networks of youth NGOs can apply on their own;
  • Regional networks of youth NGOs can apply on their own;
  • National non-governmental youth organisations can apply if the activity is prepared in partnership with at least 3 other national NGOs or networks from different countries or with at least 1 international NGO or network.