Applications are now open for the Stronger Together for Youth Leadership Program to strengthen the EU/UK youth sector and enable connections with youth organisations, policy makers and practitioners.
The EU/UK Youth Stronger Together programme aims to connect young people from the UK and the EU in meaningful and productive ways. They have identified that there are limited opportunities for UK/EU collaboration and collective voice and action, especially when it comes to youth policy issues.
To that end and as part of the programme British Council is announcing a call for a Networking Grant for the creation of a UK/European Youth Network. This network will explore the collaboration between UK and European youth organisations, which will work together to advocate for change.
- Build sustainable relationships, inclusive opportunities and collaboration between EU and UK youth organisations.
- Influence key stakeholders and policy makers to support meaningful collaboration and opportunity between EU and UK youth organisations.
- The maximum grant amount to be given is 10,000 EUR as a fixed sum including all taxes that might apply and covers all preparation, report writing and all other work, which is carried out.
Scope of Services
- Network Strategy
- Lead on network strategy, in collaboration with the Youth Advisory Board and the British Council project management team.
- Develop a short network brief which sets out the overall position, priorities, and direction, supported by a clear rationale. This will include, for example:
- How much there will be development of a new network versus connecting and supporting existing networks and organisations
- The balance of objectives between network building and policy influence
- Develop a plan for the development and running of the Network, including:
- promotion and selection, considering diversity and inclusion.
- organising principles, including how members will participate.
- monitoring, evaluation and learning
- sustainability, to ensure the Network remains active beyond the project period.
- Network Development
- Set up the Network’s basic functions and establish a timetable and plans for coming together.
- Create the terms of reference for member organisations and identify and recruit youth organisations from the EU and the UK (See draft criteria below)
- Host regular opportunities to connect, learn and collaborate.
- Monitor engagement and outcomes and adapt based on feedback.
- Work closely with the Youth Advisory Board on key Network plans and activities.
Draft Criteria for Network Members
- The types of entities eligible are youth and civil society organisations and youth councils and consortia. The criteria for selecting these entities may include:
- existing network of the organisation/consortium in the EU and the UK
- level of willingness to engage and contribute to the development of the network and the sustainability of it beyond the duration of the project.
- level of experience and expertise of members in youth activism
- level of commitment to participate through the period of the programme and beyond
- expertise and commitment to promoting equality and diversity through the actions.
- Network Activities
- Design and deliver network and collaboration activities. Types of activities eligible for financial support include informal meetings, promotional campaigns, online and/or face to face thematic events, and possibly study visits.
- Co-deliver youth focus groups and other research and outreach activities to inform discussions, recommendations and actions.
- Support an Organising Committee from within the network to co-organise a youth policy event in London in 2024. (This event will gather representatives of youth organisations, policy makers, and representatives of bodies active in the area of youth to discuss the future of collaboration between the EU and the UK)
- Support young people to share their recommendations and lead discussions at other events.
- An organisation based in the UK with at least one consortium/associate partner from the EU.
- Legal entities
- Financially capable of receiving grants.
- Compliant with Due Diligence policy on Credit, Ethical Screening, Sanctions, Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Screening
For more information, visit British Council.