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Make a difference with Youth in Action

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You can make a difference to young people in your community by setting up a project with the Youth in Action Programme.

The EU’s Youth in Action programme supports 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 apply for EU funding.


Current & past projects.


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.


Have a careful look at all documents published with a Call for Proposals, including the application documents and read about good practice projects to be inspired by what others have done already.


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.


The OTLAS partner database is the most useful tool for finding project partners within Youth in Action. Remember that Youth in Action projects should 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 Swedish National Agency for Youth in Action: the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs and the Eurodesk Network. 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.


If your project is eligible, you should send your application to the EACEA or to the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs. Make sure you respect the deadlines.


Published: Thu, 21/03/2013 - 13:47

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