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Support Measures are described as Action 5 of the European YOUTH Programme. They provide the tools to help all those working in the youth field to develop projects related to the YOUTH programme objectives or Actions (Youth for Europe Exchanges, European Voluntary Service, Youth Initiatives and Joint Actions).

They help organisers to:

find partners, develop youth work skills and prepare for projects
exchange good practice, develop policy and build transnational partnerships and develop co-operation with third countries.

Who can apply?
Organisations and groups from the statutory and voluntary youth sectors.

Who can take part?
Youth workers; support persons (e.g. youth advisers, assessors, EVS supervisors, mentors, etc.); trainers; information workers, youth officers, managers and policy makers; and all those involved in informal education.

Participants can be from any of the countries participating in the programme. Note that there are some specific criteria for projects with third countries.

What kind of Projects can be supported?

Building co-operation and project partnerships
Activities for partner-finding; investigating new project ideas; setting up networks; exchanging experience and practice on aspects of youth work; sharing approaches to policy issues.

Training to develop high quality youth activities
Activities to help youth workers and support persons acquire skills, knowledge and competencies to develop YOUTH programme projects, e.g. project management, intercultural learning and communication skills, mentoring or supervisory skills, capacity to wok with disadvantage youth people, etc.

Youth information initiatives
Activities to find project partners; develop cooperation on the provision and dissemination of youth information; exchange experience; develop networks or provide training on information or media techniques

What kind of activities can be organised?
Projects might take the form of seminars, courses, visits, etc. depending upon the objectives of the activity.

Is further information, help and advice available?
Yes. We can provide: more detailed advice on project development; information on training and study visit opportunities, help with finding project partners. If you are not sure whether an activity would be eligible for support, or would like some advice prior to completing the application form, then send us an one- or two-page outline describing briefly the objectives of the activity, the target participants, budget, etc. (This outline will need to be sent to us well ahead of the deadline for applications, which are shown below.)

Activity Uses Duration Participants
Job shadowing For youth workers, policy makers etc. to exchange good practice and build youth work skills and capacity 1-3 weeks Usually between 2 countries
Feasibility visits For partners already in contact to develop their project ideas and prepare the application between 2 and 4 days Usually 1 to 2 representative per partner
Contact making seminars Provide an opportunity for organisations to find partners to set up new YOUTH projects 2 to 4 days excluding travel Between 20 and 50 participants
Study visits Visits based around a youth work theme, to establish contacts and set up projects between 3 and 6 days excluding travel At least 4 countries including host country
Seminars Exchange of good practice within an international group. Participants undergo a learning process and have a platform for discussion on themes linked to the objectives of the YOUTH Programme 2 to 5 days excluding travel At least 4 countries including host country
Training courses To develop project organisers skills and capacities in practical aspects of international youth work 5 to 10 days excluding travel At least 4 countries. 12 to 25 participants
Youth information Production and targeted dissemination of information and training material (printed or electronic form) Up to 1 year At least 4 countries
Transnational partnerships and networks Setting up structures to establish permanent working relations; extended exchange of good practice, long-term transnational activity Up to 1 year At least 6 countries
Support for quality and innovation Local, regional and national activities aimed at improving the quality or creating new projects under Actions 1, 2 and 3 of the YOUTH Programme. Focus on inclusion of young people with less opportunities Up to 1 year May be organised without partners in other countries

When and where should applications be submitted?
Download the relevant application form or contact us.

Application forms

Completed application forms should be sent to Connect Youth at the address below with a copy to our Committee Member in your part of the country.

Project start date Deadline for application
1 May to 30 September 1 February
1 July to 30 November 1 April
1 September to 31 January 1 June
1 December to 30 April 1 September
1 February to 30 June 1 November

Grant requests for all third countries, including all EuroMed projects are submitted to Connect Youth at the following deadlines for selection by the European Commission.

Project start date Deadline for application
1 July to 31 December 1 February
1 November to 30 April 1 June
1 April to 30 September 1 November

For further information, contact:

Connect Youth - ETG
British Council
10 Spring Gardens
London SW1A 2BN

Telephone+44 (0) 20 7389 4030
Fax +44 (0) 20 7389 4033
E-mail connectyouth.enquiries@britishcouncil.org



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