Deadline: 25 August 2019
This call for proposals is launched, in the framework of the Joint Programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Ensuring sustainable democratic governance and human rights in the Southern Mediterranean” (South Programme III – 2018-2020), following the 2018 Lisbon Forum on “Youth, Peace and Security in the Euro-Mediterranean region” which took place on the 15-16 November in Lisbon.
The call aims to co-fund regional and/or local projects which promote youth engagement in peace, security and democratic processes in the Euro-Mediterranean region. In particular, it aims at recognizing the role of young people in democratic promotion, social cohesion, peace building – all elements within the youth, peace and security (YPS) agenda. Young people’s courage, creativity, innovation, resilience and efforts constitute the “connecting tissue” to bridge the different levels of engagement toward a sustainable peace.
Means of action
Proposals, from either youth-led organisations whose work is focused on youth, peace and security or those who wish to develop this/ese topic(s), may include multiple activities with a view to put into practice the key findings of the 2018 Lisbon Forum:
- Changing the narrative about youth, namely their contribution to youth, peace and security;
- Sharing more information on the contribution of youth by providing reliable data and factual evidence;
- Considering the involvement of young people as an asset in decision making processes;
- Improving the efforts in the understanding and analysing youth complexity by considering and exploring diversity of young people, according to the context-related challenges they face;
- Improving and assuring effective dialogue and engagement between policy/decision making stakeholders and youth;
- Increasing cooperation at local and national level between stakeholders and youth;
- Promoting approaches that foster integration through intercultural dialogue;
- Increasing the number and type of grass-roots activities in order to reach out to more marginalized youth;
- Advocating for gender issues and gender-bases discrimination in the context of youth, peace and security;
- Implementing target actions for gender mainstreaming;
- Advocating for the recognition of the contribution of youth civil society to peace and security;
- Improving recognition of civil society initiatives for promoting and building peace, taking into account the needs and priorities of the context in the countries.
Proposals must have clear follow-up measures which should take place after implementation.
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- The indicative available budget under this call for proposals is EUR 20,000 (twenty thousand Euros). The Council of Europe intends to award 4 to 6 grants of a maximum amount of EUR 5,000 each.
- The Council of Europe reserves the right not to award all available funds, and/or to redistribute the available funds in a different manner.
Projects should target in particular the following key stakeholders:
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- Youth organisations and youth under the age of 35 from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Kingdom of Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia;
- Any relevant stakeholders working on the above-mentioned topics.
In order to be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:
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- be legally constituted as a non-governmental organisation;
- be based in one of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Kingdom of Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia;
- have a field office in one of the above mentioned countries;
- assure that the project/action is implemented in one of the countries mentioned above;
- target beneficiaries from the above mentioned countries;
- have an interest in working on youth, peace and security;
- have sufficient capacities (funding, operational and professional) to carry out the activity mentioned in
- the project proposal throughout the stipulated period;
- have a bank account in the name of the organisation or its representative.
The following types of action will not be considered:
- Projects/actions providing financial support to third parties (re-granting schemes);
- Projects/actions already financed by the Council of Europe;
- Projects/actions supporting political parties.
How to Apply
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The application form, completed and signed, together with the supporting documents, must be submitted in electronic form (Word and/or PDF) at the e-mail address given on the website.
For more information, please visit https://rm.coe.int/seed-funding-call-for-proposals-spiii/1680969c4d