European Youth Portal

Information and opportunities for young people across Europe.

Youth Initiatives

Youth Initiatives offers young people a chance to develop their skills by running their own projects on topics that really matter to them.

Who is it for?

Part of the Youth in Action programme, Youth Initiatives is for four or more people aged 18-30 working on an idea together. 15 year olds and over can also be involved but they will need a youth worker coach.

Project participants need to be under 30 years of age and live in the UK. If they belong to a youth group they may be able to help you with your application, but remember ideas all come from the young people themselves. 

In the past projects have focussed on art, health and sport, environment and disability.


Why bother?

  • Apply for money to hook up with young people from one or more European countries and see your own world in a new light. 


  • Take the lead. Play a key role in planning and running a project on a topic that you’ve chosen. Learn along the way how to manage your own project budget. 


  • Join forces with other young people to share ideas and explore your creative potential.


How long?

Projects will run for three to 18 months, but the memories stay with you forever! It might even lead to people starting your own organisation.



The participants can decide where to run your project. It could take place in local neighbourhoods, with others across the UK or maybe with another group of like-minded young people in another European country.


After all that?

Not only will young people walk away from projects with new friends and experiences, they will also qualify for a Youthpass certificate recording what you have achieved which could help with future employment opportunities.


Want to know more?

If you want to find out more, go to our Apply section or visit our Guidance Support page for contact details of organisations that can help

If you’re serious about getting involved, don’t ignore the small print. Take a look at the Programme guide (PDF 1.03MB) under ‘Action 1.2 – Youth Initiative’.