More than a window to Europe: European Union provides new opportunities for youth cooperation

Ukraine partakes in the EU Erasmus+ programme and other EU education, science, exchange and volunteer programmes. Here are some of them. Do not miss your opportunity to participate!

‘Youth Window’: Available Funding Opportunities

The Eastern Partnership Youth Window is a new programme in 2017-18. It is a part of the EU4Youth initiative, encouraging the active social and economic participation of youth from EP countries. Window projects are funded within the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 programme. The programme’s aim is to promote cooperation and exchange between member countries and partners, including Ukraine.

Application deadline: March 8, 2017. Length: 9 months to 2 years. Maximum grant: €150,000.

What does it support?

The proposed projects should aim to strengthen youth organisations in partner countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

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Two different types of activities:

  • Civil Society Fellowship for youth (60% of the budget)

Inclusive and participatory projects will strengthen the capacity of youth organisations and youth workers to build constructive relations with a variety of partners, including public bodies and civil society organisations. Youth leaders from applicant organisations will work in EU host institutions. After they return to their home organisations, they will take on small tasks as a part of the overall project.

  • Partnership for Entrepreneurship (40% of the budget)

The projects will promote youth entrepreneurship education and social entrepreneurship among young people through transnational non-formal learning projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations working in the mentioned areas, including business.

Eligibility

The applicant must be established in an Eastern Partnership country. Organisations that can apply include non-profit organisations, associations, and NGOs, national youth councils, public bodies at the local, regional or national level, and private companies including social enterprises. All participating organisations must be based in programme member countries or EP countries.

Applications are to be submitted to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels, Belgium.

Projects must start between  July 1 and December 31, 2017.

For more information refer to the Erasmus+ Youth Projects Guide: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/capacity-building-in-field-youth-2017_en

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Other opportunities within Erasmus+

Youth from Eastern Partnership countries can participate in Erasmus+ programmes implemented through the national agencies of programme member countries.

Mobility Projects

Key Action 1 (KA1): Learning Mobility of Individuals supports projects for young people and young workers:

Youth Exchanges: participants discover new cultures, habits and lifestyles, mainly through peer-learning.

European Voluntary Service: young volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations dealing with culture, education, social care, environment, etc.

Youth Workers activities: support the professional development of youth workers through seminars, training courses, etc.

25% of the KA1 budget is allocated toward national Erasmus+ agencies for projects involving countries neighbouring the EU, including the Eastern Partnership countries.

Structured Dialogue

These projects are implemented through KA3,  Support for policy reform. They facilitate meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth to encourage their active participation in democratic life. The meetings must be organised in programme member countries.

For more information refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources

Information is also available on the Eastern Europe & Caucasus Resource Centre webpage: https://www.salto-youth.net/rc/eeca/

Important: Information session on Erasmus+ Youth

The EACEA conducts info-sessions  to explain funding opportunities available under the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2: Capacity Building in the Field of Youth – Eastern Partnership Window and Tunisia Window.

Follow the event online via our live web stream: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/capacity-building-in-the-field-of-youth-2017-eastern-partnership-window

Participants can ask questions during the sessions (and after) using the following email address: EACEA-YOUTH@ec.europa.eu

Useful links for participants:

Guidelines: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/capacity-building-in-field-youth-2017_en.

For information about Youth Exchange and European Voluntary Service: https://www.salto-youth.net/  (The SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centre contact person: Andriy Pavlovych, eeca@salto-youth.net)

Free online MOOC courses on how to prepare a project proposal for Erasmus+ Youth actions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBA7l7XjM4C6kWqxAg8Ml8w

 

Useful links:

The Erasmus+ Programme Guide: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources_en (See sport chapter).

Details of the Sport Chapter in the Erasmus+ Programme: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/actions/sport

More information on Erasmus+ is available on the website of the National Erasmus+ Office – Ukraine: http://erasmusplus.org.ua/

Full text is available in Ukrainian