European Youth Foundation Grants for Youth NGOs

Deadline: 1 October 2013
Open to: local, national and international NGOs focused on youth work from Council of Europe member states (see list HERE)
Grant: various types up to 50,000 EUR


The European Youth Foundation (EYF) is a fund established by the Council of Europe to provide financial support for European youth activities. It aims to encourage co-operation amongst young people in Europe by providing financial support to youth activities. It concerns activities, which serve the promotion of peace, understanding and co-operation in a spirit of respect for human rights, democracy, tolerance and solidarity.

The EYF provides financial support to the following types of activity undertaken by youth NGOs or networks, or by other NGOs involved in the areas of youth work relevant to the Council of Europe’s youth policies and work:

  • educational, social, cultural and humanitarian activities of a European character
  • activities aiming at strengthening peace and co-operation in Europe
  • activities designed to promote closer co-operation and better understanding among young people in Europe, particularly by developing the exchange of information
  • activities intended to stimulate mutual aid in Europe and in the developing countries for cultural, educational and social purposes
  • studies, research and documentation on youth matters.

More information about the European Youth Foundation is HERE and on the Frequently Asked Questions page HERE.


The EYF gives NGOs the opportunity to apply for 5 different grant types, each one with a specific purpose, rules and expectations:

  1. International activity – including meetings of young people or youth leaders in Europe in order to promote participation and intercultural learning. The EYF will cover up two-thirds of the total cost. Maximum grant: €€20,000.
  2. Annual work plan – including a series of activities for the following year(s), international activities, pilot activities and also publication (including web development). These activities would be part of and support your NGO’s strategy or action plan for the coming years. Maximum grant: €50,000.
  3. Structural grant – The European Youth Foundation may, on an annual basis, grant international non-governmental youth organisations or networks a contribution to cover part of the general administrative costs involved in running their activities at European level. Maximum annual grant: €€25,000.
  4. One-off structural grant – The Foundation may also contribute to the administrative costs of regional networks, in order to help them to establish a European structure. Maximum one-off grant: €10,000.
  5. Pilot activity – is an intervention addressing a specific societal challenge linked to the local context in which it takes place. Maximum grant: €10,000.


Applicants must represent either an international non-governmental youth organisation or network, a national or local non-governmental youth organisation or network, or non-governmental structures involved in youth work, from the Council of Europe member states. A list of the members can be found HERE.


NGOs that have never applied for EYF funding can request to apply to the system using the online form HERE. The registration of your organisation needs to be validated by the EYF efore you can submit a project application. If your NGO has previously applied, log in again using the form HERE.

The application is 1 October 2013 for:

  • International activities taking place between 1 April and 31 December 2014
  • Work plans for 2014
  • One-off structural grants for 2014 (regional network)
  • Structural grant for 2014-2015 (international NGOs/networks)

There are no fixed deadlines for pilot project applications, which may be submitted at least three months prior to the beginning of the activity in order to allow a proper assessment.

Submit your questions to the European Youth Forum at or +33 (0)3 88 41 20 19. Further details are available on the official website HERE.

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