Tuesday, February 07, 2006

YOUTH programme Action 5 – Supporting Measures: Call for submission of innovative co-operation, training and information projects

Deadline
01.07.2006 (at 16h00 Brussels time)
Budget line / available budget
15.05.01 / 2.000.000 euro (within this Call)
Objectives and supported actions in the field of ENARґs work
The objectives of the Youth Programme are to allow young people to acquire knowledge, skills and competences and to exercise responsible citizenship so as to become an active part of society.
In addition to the Action 5 activities as specified in the User’s Guide of the YOUTH programme (see below), the European Commission launches annual Calls for the submission of Action 5 innovative co-operation, training and information projects.
As the name of the Call indicates, the Commission wants to put bigger emphasis on supporting innovative projects in the context of this Call which explicitly excludes the support of standard activities of organisations or networks. All applications submitted have to follow one of the following priorities:
Cultural diversity and tolerance: Projects promoting cultural diversity and tolerance and addressing non-violent conflict transformation by facilitating dialogue and joint activities of young people from multicultural, multiethnic and multi-faith backgrounds;
Less favoured regions: Projects aiming at the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities who face multiple obstacles in geographical and socio-economic terms. Projects need to address how young people can deal with issues of concern to them. They should lead to an increase in self-confidence, new skills and competencies and have a positive impact on the young persons' educational or professional pathway;
Eastern Europe - Caucasus - South East Europe: Projects aiming at enhancing the promotion and visibility of the Youth programme in Eastern Europe (Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine), the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) or South East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro), with a focus on training of regional multipliers as well as the development of networks and partnerships among stakeholders in the field of youth in these countries;
Innovation in European Citizenship education: Projects aiming at innovative and effective ways of bringing Europe closer to young citizens. Projects should inform young people on various issues of the European construction and/or build the bridge towards the implementation of this knowledge and experience in youth work and youth activities. Projects should play a role in having young citizens have their say in the European project and should show how young people can play their part in the European construction. The multiplier effect and visibility of measures taken is essential;
Co-operation between local or regional authorities and youth NGOs: Projects under this theme have to be clearly focused on one of the priorities (e.g. cultural diversity, inclusion, participation of young people) of the Youth programme. They have to be submitted by local or regional authorities and shall involve non-profit organisations active in the field of youth from partner countries, leading to a strong trans-national partnership between these entities. The number of local or regional authorities and youth NGOs participating in the project should be balanced.
Applicants
All non-profit making organisations and local and regional authorities (with a legal identity) which have their seat in one of the Programme countries (the 25 EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey), are entitled to apply under this Call. Projects have to involve partner organisations from at least four different countries (including the applicant), must have a strong transnational European component and must involve young people and youth workers in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of activities.Organisations from neighbouring countries of the EU (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro) may participate as partners in the context of this Call; they are, however, not entitled to submit an application.
Legal basis
Council Decision N°1031/2000/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 April 2000 established the Youth Community Action programme.
Community contribution
Applicants have to choose between two different project/budget formats depending on the type of activities/instruments they intend to use:Project/budget format 1: The request for funding may not exceed 65% of the eligible costs. It is recommended that the amount budgeted for personnel costs is not higher than 35% of the budget.Project/budget format 2: The request for funding has to be based on the Youth programme’s User's Guide funding rules for the different Actions and types of activities as far as flat rates (standard flat rates as indicated in the User's Guide apply) are concerned. For all other costs (such as coordination, travel costs etc.) the request for funding may not exceed 50% of eligible costs.For any of the themes and project formats, the maximum funding amount per project will not exceed 100.000 euro per year (12 months) of activity and the maximum grant will not exceed 300.000 euro.
Publication reference
DG EAC 62/05Directorate-General Education and Culture website
Contact
Applications must be sent to the following address:Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive AgencyRue Colonel Bourg 139, Kolonel Bourg StraatB-1140 BrusselsAll requests may be sent to:youthXL@cec.eu.int
General remarks
Activities must start between 1 January 2007 and 28 February 2007.
Projects must be of duration of at least 18 months. If justified, a maximum duration of up to 3 years will be accepted.
Presumably, this Call will support about 10 to 15 projects.
The User’s Guide of the Youth programme is available ateuropa.eu.int/comm/youth/progr ... (English version)europa.eu.int/comm/youth/progr ... (French version).
In order to apply and to obtain all necessary documents please visit

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