Following the decision of the Council of Europe’s Joint Council of Youth on 12 October 2022, the European Youth Foundation (EYF) is launching a special call to support young people from Ukraine. This initiative responds to the current needs expressed by the Ukrainian authorities and stakeholders in the field of youth.
Youth organisations in Ukraine or youth organisations working with young people from Ukraine in the member states of the Council of Europe are invited to submit applications for this special call for EYF pilot activity grants. The activities must be designed for, support and involve young people from Ukraine affected by the war. Projects can be submitted at any time during the period from 3 November 2022 to 31 October 2023 or until the funds are exhausted.
Conditions to apply
The purpose of this initiative is to support young people from Ukraine affected by the war through civil society and youth work interventions, within the framework of the values of the Council of Europe. Project applications can include activities such as peer to peer learning and support, trainings and workshops, information and counselling, awareness raising and capacity building for young people, youth workers and youth leaders, meetings of young people from Ukraine, analysis, research and other actions that are based on the principles and practice of youth work. Activities may have a local, regional or national scope, and can also include activities in a local cross-border context. Activities may be implemented in person, online and in hybrid formats.
Project applications will be assessed based on the EYF criteria for pilot projects. A successful project will:
Projects must have a start date at least 6 weeks after the submission date.
Projects that support the war effort are not eligible for this special call. The grant cannot not be used for purchasing and/or promoting goods or services for humanitarian and/or military-related actions.
The EYF can provide a grant of a maximum amount of €15 000 to cover the costs of a pilot activity. However, you may apply for smaller projects, for any amount below €15 000.
The EYF grant is transferred in two instalments: a first instalment of 80% after the signature of the grant agreement with the successful grantee organisation; a second transfer of the balance (20%) upon receipt and approval by the EYF of the final project reports (narrative and financial) due within 2 months following the project end date.
The EYF grant can cover real project costs such as accommodation and meals, travel costs, fees for trainers or other experts, interpretation, translation, rental of equipment, rental of venues, communication, and up to 7% of the awarded grant for administrative costs (salaries of staff dedicated to the project, office rent, insurance, electricity, water and heating.
For the purpose of this call, the grant agreement for awarded projects may be submitted electronically to the EYF. For NGO grantees based in Ukraine, the financial report may also be submitted electronically to the EYF. For all other obligations of the grantee, the EYF regulations apply.
How to apply
Youth organisations can submit applications only if they are registered with the EYF. The instructions and criteria for registration can be found here.
The registration of new organisations based in Ukraine will be processed by the EYF within maximum 1 week upon receipt of the NGO’s relevant information.
Applications can be submitted at any time, on a rolling basis, during the initial period of 12 months after the launch of the call or until the call funds are exhausted. Applications must be submitted via the EYF online system, https://fej.coe.int/ in English or French. Please note that the title of the applications should include the text: “Special Call for Ukraine”.
The typical timeline for the application process is:
Information sessions to support the call
The EYF will organise several online information sessions in relation to this call, and interested organisations are invited to participate in these sessions.
The first online sessions will be organised:
If you are interested to attend, please register here. The EYF secretariat will then send you the link to connect online.
If you have any further questions regarding the “Special Call for Ukraine” you can contact the EYF secretariat, via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, in English or French.
In case of need, you may also contact Olena Chernykh, from the Council of Europe’s Ukraine office, via email email@example.com, in Ukrainian.
The Council of Europe Project “Youth for Democracy in Ukraine: Phase II” provids an ongoing operational expert, technical and mentoring support for youth centres, local communities, youth councils and youth NGOs. To request the individual expert support please apply via the link https://forms.gle/cXcoHveBPddcTR5C9.
The project “Youth for Democracy in Ukraine: Phase II” is a component of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine for 2018-2022 and is based on the experience of the first phase of the project in 2020-2021. The revised work plan of the Council of Europe project “Youth for Democracy in Ukraine: Phase II” until December 2022 aims to promote the implementation of a youth policy based on youth participation, with the aim of taking into account the special needs of youth during war.