Reducing Youth Unemployment: Setting Up Co-Operatives to enhance Working Opportunities in EU Countries

Deadline: 25 June 2019

European Commission has announced its call ‘Reducing youth unemployment: setting up co-operatives to enhance working opportunities in the EU’ to improve the development of cooperatives and promote their image among young people.

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This call seeks to embed cooperative entrepreneurial education in secondary and higher education as well as outside the educational environment.

The Commission wants to support project that are innovative, transnational and implemented with a clear intention of replication. Projects should make results public and available for any actor interested in the cooperative business model and entrepreneurial training.

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Particularly, the objectives intend to stimulate the transfer and development of competences of the cooperative entrepreneurship in countries:

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  • Where the cooperative tradition is weak and where benefits offered by the cooperative model are not sufficiently well known;
  • Struggling with high youth unemployment.


To achieve the expected results, the action will be built around 3 different topics

  • Topic 1: Delivering pilot training courses for students in secondary/higher education level
  • Topic 2: Cross-European workshops to share knowledge and learn from practitioners (‘train the trainers’).
  • Topic 3: Fostering the entrepreneurial mind-sets of young people to create cooperatives outside the educational environment.

Funding Information

  • The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at €1,950,000 and the maximum duration of project is 18 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be established in one of the current 28 EU countries;
  • For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring, in particular, that British applicants continue to be eligible, applicants will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project.

How to Apply

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  • Avatar Stephen says:

    Is Uganda an EU country

  • Avatar matsawela khunwane says:

    My name is matsawela khunwane I’m from south Africa can i apply for the fund

  • Avatar Alex says:

    What funding opportunities for projects to support youth entrepreneurship in Ghana as a solution to youth unemployment

  • Avatar stephen says:

    Is there any grants for Guyana in Agriculture

  • Avatar Nahid says:

    Hi. i am from Bangladesh. can I apply for this

  • Avatar Kenny says:

    Is there any funding for youth or women projects in Lesotho?

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