The European Commission (EC) is open to proposals for an AU-EU Youth Lab that contributes to the empowerment of youth in Africa and strengthens their involvement in active, meaningful, and innovative ways.
The European Commission grant Objectives are:
1. Lot1 -AU-EU Youth Voices Lab
To ensure that policy-making and decision-making processes around the Africa-EU Partnership are more youth responsive and inclusive and that youth participation and representation are stronger.
To enhance the capacity of young people, youth organizations, and key stakeholders active around the AU-EU partnership to advocate for young people’s concerns and priorities at cross-continental, continental, regional, and national levels.
2. Lot2-AU-EU Youth Action Lab
To create joint African-European youth-led cooperation activities that pursue long-term impact and positive change. These should be supported by the award of small grants to innovative ideas in coordination with pilot dialogue and engagement mechanisms led by young people.
Aligned with the Youth Action Plan, the Lab is guided by three pillars of action:
Engage: Further improve youth participation and inclusion in the AU-EU Partnership, in decision-making, and in policy-making processes at all levels.
Empower: Provide youth with the skills and tools they need to thrive.
Connect: Support joint youth-led cooperation initiatives by youth in Africa, Europe, and the Diaspora, in line with the priorities of the AU-EU partnership.
The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 13 000 000. (`The Contracting Authority reserves the right not to award all available funds)
The disbursement amount is allocated as follows:
Lot 1 (pillar 1: youth participation & representation and pillar 2: youth empowerment and capacity building) is EUR 7 000 000.
Lot 2 (pillar 3: youth-led initiatives) is EUR 6 000 000.
Size of grants
Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts of total eligible costs of the action:
Minimum amount: EUR 6 800 000
Maximum amount: EUR 7 000 000
Minimum amount: EUR 5800 000
Maximum amount: EUR 6 000 000
The duration of an action may not be lower than 42 months nor exceed 48 months.
In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
- be a legal person and
- be non-profit making and
- be a specific type of organization such as a non-governmental organization (NGO), public sector operator, the international (inter-governmental) organization as defined by Article 156 of the EU Financial Regulation and
- be established in a Member State of the European Union or a Member State of the African Union. This obligation does not apply to international organizations and
- be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), if any, not acting as an intermediary and be able to demonstrate significant experience of activities in the field of youth participation, representation, and empowerment, preferably with support to grassroots youth organizations and initiatives, implemented at a global, regional and country level and proven experience on Africa-Europe cooperation only for lot 2: proven experience in direct financial support.
In addition to the categories referred, the following lead applicants are also eligible:
1. Youth organizations and youth associations;
2. Education and training bodies and institutions;
3. Research centers, international research fora, international training fora, business incubators, and innovation technology parks.
Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.
Co-applicants must sign the mandate.
If awarded the grant contract, the co-applicant(s) (if any) will become beneficiary(ies) in the action (together with the coordinator).
In addition, please note that contracts cannot be awarded to or signed with applicants included in the lists of EU restrictive measures.
The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with the affiliated entity(ies).
Only the following entities may be considered affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to co-applicant(s):
1. Entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
This structural link encompasses mainly two notions:
Control: as defined in Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements, and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
2. Entities affiliated with an applicant may be :
Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
3. Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling applicant;
4. Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).
Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as an e.g. network, federation, or association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g.network, federation, association,…) as the proposed affiliated entities.
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Geographical area: All countries
Type of Opportunity: Grant for action
Worth: 13,000,000 (EUR)
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