Cooperation with civil society organisations in the youth field is essential in realising the principles of youth participation in democratic life as laid down in article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the EU Youth Strategy2.
Such cooperation contributes to create a broad sense of ownership in relation to EU actions and policies relevant to young people and to take into consideration ideas and concerns of youth civil society at all levels.
It is vital for securing the active involvement of youth civil society stakeholders, for promoting their participation in the Erasmus+ Programme, the European Solidarity Corps and other European programmes and for disseminating policy, programme results and good practice among young people and youth stakeholders through their networks and beyond.
1. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The objective of the present Call is to provide structural support, referred to as operating grants, to European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) and EU-wide networks active in the field of youth and pursuing the following general aims:
These aims should be clearly embedded in the work plans, activities and deliverables of the applicant organisations.
Furthermore, the organisations active in the field of youth that will be supported under this Call are expected to carry out activities that aim to:
o 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.
o Inclusion, catering for the diverse needs of young people and especially those with fewer opportunities or whose voices may be overlooked.
o 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.
o 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.
2.1. Eligible applicants
This Call is open to two categories of bodies: European non-governmental organisations (ENGO) in the field of youth and EU-wide networks (informal network) in the field of youth.
In the context of civil society cooperation in the field of youth, the following definitions apply: Category 1: 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 a eligible country on the date of submission of the application and b) national organisations/branches in at least twelve eligible countries having a statutory link with the European body/secretariat;
Be active in the field of youth and run activities that support the implementation of the core areas of the EU Youth Strategy;
Involve young people in the management and governance of the organisation.
Category 2: 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 twelve eligible countries;
Involve young people in the management and governance of the network.
2.2. Eligible countries
Applications from legal entities established in one of the following countries are eligible:
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, the United Kingdom;
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries which form part of the European Economic Area (EEA): Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway;
Candidate countries for which a pre-accession strategy has been established, in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions laid down in the framework agreements concluded with those countries with a view to their participation in EU Programmes: North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey.
For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article II.16.2.1 (a) of the General Conditions of the grant agreement.
The applicant bodies must present a consistent work plan integrating non-profit making, youth-led activities which are suitable for pursuing the objectives of the Call.
Non-formal and informal learning and activity programmes targeted at young people and youth workers;
Activities for the development of quality, innovation and recognition of youth work;
Activities for the development and promotion of validation and recognition and transparency tools in the field of youth;
Seminars, meetings, workshops, consultations, debates of young people on youth policies and/or European matters;
Consultations of young people feeding into the EU Youth Dialogue4;
Activities for the promotion of young people's active participation in democratic life, such as promoting inclusion in decision-making, youth representation, promoting new and alternative forms of participation or the development of civic competences;
Activities for the promotion of solidarity activities amongst young people in Europe;
Activities for the promotion of solidarity, tolerance and intercultural learning and understanding in Europe;
Media and communication activities and tools on youth and European matters.
As a transversal principle, applicant bodies should pursue strategies to connect to young people at grassroots level from a diversity of backgrounds with a view to ensuring a growing number of young people at the grassroots level are being reached.
Neither Erasmus+ National Agencies nor organisations having overwhelmingly Erasmus+ National Agencies as members (2/3 or more) are eligible organisations under this Call.
4. BUDGET AVAILABLE
The present Call for proposals offers the opportunity to apply for Annual Operating Grants5.
Annual Operating Grants focus on short-term cooperation at European level. Applications must contain a detailed 12-month work programme (annual work programme) for 2020 together with the information needed to calculate the grant.
5. AWARD CRITERIA
The quality of eligible applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
Relevance (maximum 30 points);
Quality of the work plan design and implementation (maximum 20 points);
Profile, number and diversity of background of participants and countries involved in the activities (maximum 30 points);
6. SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS
Applications must be submitted using an online grant application form (eForm).
The eForm is available in English, French and German at the following Internet address:
and must be duly completed in one of the official languages of the EU.
The e-Form duly completed must be submitted online by 19/11/2019 17.00 (Brussels time) and include the relevant annexe6:
Compulsory additional annexes7 must be sent by email to the Agency by the same deadline.
7. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Applications must comply with the provisions contained in the Applicants' Guidelines – Call for proposals EACEA/45/2019, available on the Internet at the following address: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding_en