You can make a difference to young people in your community by setting up a community project with the Youth in Action Programme. It's not as hard as it might sound! The most important thing is that you believe in what you’re doing and stay
The EU’s Youth in Action programme offers financial support for youth projects that inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans. Organisations active in the youth field or groups of young people from programme countries can be so-called ‘promoters’ of a project and may apply for EU funding.
Getting started – How to develop a project?
Think carefully about your objectives: What do you want to achieve? How do your objectives reflect the interests and real needs of young people?
If you have an idea which you think may qualify for funding, read the Youth in Action Programme Guide to ensure that your project is covered by the programme.
Finding a partner organisation
A European project should always involve partners i.e. other organisations that share your ideas and are willing to work with you towards common goals.
Eurodesk can help you to find a suitable partner via its extended network of national coordinators and local and regional partners. You can also search the OTLAS partner database. Youth in Action projects should also actively involve young participants already in the so-called preparation phase - when partner organisations agree on the theme of the youth exchange, the programme of activities, working methods etc.
At this stage, your primary goal will be to make a time plan and set a budget. You and your partners will decide what needs to be done and make decisions on workflow and resources too.
Help and advice
The Youth in Action Programme provides guidance through all phases of a project's development. You can seek assistance and organise training through the Youth in Action Swiss national agency and Eurodesk. Or for help at a central level, contact the EU's Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) or the SALTO network.
How to apply for funding?
Selection processes, deadlines and where to apply can vary according to the project, so to make sure you get everything right, read the application regulations carefully.