The Financial Mechanism Office (“the FMO”) announces call no. 2020-1 seeking the submission of proposals for grants for transnational projects under the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment (“the Fund”).
The Fund supports projects that promote sustainable and quality youth employment in 18 beneficiary countries. It operates on the basis of calls designed and launched by the Donor States (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) with support from their secretariat (the FMO). The fund operator, a consortium consisting of Ecorys Polska and JCP Srl, assists the FMO in implementing the Fund.
- Improved employment situation of NEETs/target group
- Increased participation in education and training of former NEETs/target group
- Increased number of NEETs/target group experiencing social inclusion
- Innovative approaches on lowering youth unemployment have been developed or adopted
- Increased transnational cooperation on labour market issues
- Increased knowledge of the effects of employment initiatives targeting NEETs/target group
- Increased capacity on evaluating effects of employment initiatives for NEETs/target group in research institutions
- Increased use of impact studies among policymakers
- Increased knowledge on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on NEETs/target group
- The available budget under this call is EUR 11.5 million.
- The amount of grant assistance applied for within a project shall not be less than EUR 1 million and not be more than EUR 2 million.
- The final date for eligibility of expenditures for projects is 30th April 2024 at the latest.
Funding is made available for initiatives seeking to ensure access to employment, education or training for the following target groups:
- Young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) who are between 25 and 29 years old and live in small towns, suburbs or in rural areas;
- Young mothers not in employment, education or training (NEET) who are between 25 and 29 years old; and
- Long-term unemployed people who are between 25 and 29 years old.
Young NEETs who are not registered with the public employment services, are low-skilled, have dropped out of school, and face multiple barriers to entering the labour market (such as poverty, social exclusion, discrimination, disability and/or poor mental health) shall enjoy the highest priority within the target groups.
- Projects shall involve entities from at least two countries. Each project must include one lead partner and at least one beneficiary partner.
- Eligible lead partner: any eligible entity established in a Beneficiary State. Beneficiary States of the EEA and Norway Grants are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; Eligible beneficiary partner: any eligible entity established in a Beneficiary State, Ireland, Italy or Spain.
- Expertise partners can be any eligible entity established in Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, in EU Member States or international organisations.
- Eligible project partners may be entities, public or private, commercial or non-commercial and non-governmental organisations, established as legal persons.
For more information, visit https://eeagrants.org/topics-programmes/fund-youth-employment