European Youth Foundation Grants

Deadline: 1 October 2011
Open to: National or international NGO’s or non-govenmental strucutes involved in youth work
Grant: Varies

The European Youth Foundation (EYF) is a fund established in 1972 by the Council of Europe to provide financial support for European youth activities. It has an annual budget of approximately 3 million Euros. Since 1972, more than 300 000 young people, aged between 15 and 30 and mostly from member states, have benefited directly from EYF-supported activities. In 2007 the EYF supported some 300 projects involving more than 15 000 young people.

Its purpose is to encourage co-operation among young people in Europe by providing financial support to such European youth activities which serve the promotion of peace, understanding and co-operation in a spirit of respect for the Council of Europe’s fundamental values such as human rights, democracy, tolerance and solidarity.

The EYF thus provides financial support to the following types of activity undertaken by non-governmental youth organisations or networks or by other non-governmental structures involved in areas of youth work relevant to the Council of Europe’s youth policies and work:

  • educational, social, cultural and humanitarian activities of a European character;
  • activities aiming at strengthening peace and co-operation in Europe;
  • activities designed to promote closer co-operation and better understanding among young people in Europe, particularly by developing the exchange of information;
  • activities intended to stimulate mutual aid in Europe and in the developing countries for cultural, educational and social purposes;
  • studies, research and documentation on youth matters.
Youth NGOs applying for financial support for Category A and B projects should refer to the priorities for the Council of Europe’s youth sector for 2012 (pdf).
Next deadline for submitting Category A and B grant applications to the EYF is 1 October 2011 for Category A and Category B projects taking place between April and December 2012.

About the categories

A. International youth meetings (Category A)

The EYF may provide financial support for organising international youth meetings for youth leaders, including seminars, conferences, workshops, camps, festivals, etc.

Read more about category A grants – Here

B. Youth activities other than meetings (Category B)

Apart from meetings, the types of youth activities eligible for EYF financial support are studies, research projects and the production of information and documentation on youth issues. In this category the Foundation may support, for example:
– specialised publications (such as training manuals);
– newsletters or magazines produced by international youth organisations or networks;
– information campaigns;
– exhibitions and the production of audio-visual materials etc;
– the development of websites or the production of CD-ROMs;
– the production of posters, badges and stickers;
– research projects on youth-related issues.

In the same category, the EYF can also grant study visits enabling youth organisations and networks to make new contacts in Europe and thus extend partnerships and develop co-operation.

Read more about category B grants – Here


  • An international non-governmental youth organisation or network
  • A national or local non-governmental youth organisation or network
  • Non-governmental structures involved in youth work


On 10 March 2004 the European Youth Foundation introduced a computerised system to manage the registration of youth NGOs, grant applications and follow up. On the web site of the EYF, youth NGOs can REGISTER with the EYF, submit their projects online and monitor the progress of the applications and the administrative follow up.
It has been possible to introduce this new system thanks also to the partial financial support of the UIC (International Union of Railways).

The system is accessible via the following browsers: Internet Explorer versions 5.0 and 6.0, Netscape version 7.0.

The first step for youth NGOs is to register with the EYF (go to How to register)
Without a correctly filled in registration form that has been validated by the Secretariat, organisations will not be able to submit their applications online.
N.B.: This procedure does not concern the submission of applications for study sessions to be held in co-operation with the European Youth Centres . For further information concerning study sessions contact: [email protected], tel. +33 3 88 41 22 94.

After you have registered, you will gain access to the online application form.

Click here for instructions on how to apply for a Category A grant.

Click here for instructions on how to apply for a Category B grant.

Grant applications will not be processed unless the following information is provided:

1) Draft preliminary programme for a Category A project

2) Information on partners for a Category A or B application from a local/national NGO (please read the instructions).

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