Youth participation Activities

This action supports activities outside the scope of formal education. It’s primary focus is to fund activities that facilitates young people’s participation in Europe’s democratic life from local level all the way up to a European level. Organisations interested in applying for funding, need to be aware of the Priorities of the Erasmus+ Programme. Interested organisations also need to read the section focusing on Youth Participation Activities of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide to get familiar with the objectives of the action, the programme rules and award criteria as well as the European Union Youth Strategy.

They aim to:

  • Provide young people with opportunities to engage and participate in civic society and democratic life
  • Raise young people’s awareness of European common values and fundamental rights, and encourages contribution to the European integration process, with a view to achieving one or more of the EU Youth Goals
  • Develop young people’s digital competences and media literacy
  • Bring together young people and decision makers at local, regional, national and transnational level and/or contribute to the EU Youth Dialogue.

Who can participate?

When applying for Youth Participation Activities, eligibility is rather flexible.

A participating organisation can be:

  • a non-profit organisation, association, NGO; European Youth NGO; a public body at local, regional, national level; a social enterprise; a profit-making body active in Corporate Social Responsibility;
  • an informal group of young people established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme.

Informal Groups:

Informal groups are a group of at least four young people between 13 and 30 years old. One of the members of the group who is at least 18-years old assumes the role of representative and takes responsibility on behalf of the group. A full definition for informal groups can be found in Annex D – Glossary of Terms in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

What activities can take place?

There are two types of Youth Participation Activities that can be organised. These are National & Transnational Youth Participation Activities.

  • National youth participation projects: minimum one participating organisation must be involved.
  • Transnational and international youth participation projects: minimum two participating organisations from different countries must be involved

Duration: 3 to 24 months

Venue(s) of the activities:

The activities must take place in the country of one or more participating organisations. Activities can also take place at the seat of an Institution of the European Union, even if in the project there are no participating organisations from the country that hosts the Institution.

 Eligible participants:

Young people aged between 13 and 30 residing in the country of the participating organisations and decision-makers relevant to the topics addressed by the project.

What is funded?

Project Management – for managing and carrying out all phases of the project

Coaching Costs – linked to a coach that supports groups of young people implementing a participation project

Inclusion Support –  additional funding to enable people with fewer opportunities to take part

Exceptional Support – to enable people with fewer opportunities to take part

Youth Participation Events Support – for carrying out national and transnational conferences, seminars, events etc

Travel – for return travel costs from participants’ homes to the venue of the activity

Individual Support – ‘subsistence’ costs for participants (for example, food and accommodation)

  – Maximum funding for Youth Participation Activities is €60,000. –

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