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Applications are now open for the EU Youth Empowerment Fund through the Global Youth Mobilization to Fund Innovative Ideas from Young People Worldwide!

Application Deadline: 21 July 2024

Applications are now open for the EU Youth Empowerment Fund through the Global Youth Mobilization to fund Innovative Ideas from Young People Worldwide!

Do yo have a vision to create change in your community? Are you ready to share your youth-led innovative solutions and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

The European Union, in partnership with the Global Youth Mobilization (GYM), an initiative of the world’s largest youth organisations the “Big Six”is launching the OPEN CALL for applications to the EU YOUTH EMPOWERMENT FUND THROUGH THE GLOBAL YOUTH MOBILIZATION. This call aims to fund innovative local ideas from young people that contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their communities.

The Open Call will support through micro-grant funding for community-based projects from individual young people or youth groups that tackle sustainable development challenges in their local communities. The initiative aims to increase the participation of under-represented young people, including those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, those facing gender equality issues or young people with a disability. Individual young people and informal groups can receive funding ranging from 500 to 1500 EUR, while registered youth organisations are eligible to receive between 3000 and 5000 EUR.


The EU Youth Empowerment Fund is a flagship of the EU’s Youth Action Plan. It will provide direct financial support to youth-led initiatives around the world. Global in its reach but focused on local solutions, the EU Youth Empowerment Fund has been co-designed with young people to provide easier, youth-friendly access to finance. It is implemented via the Global Youth Mobilization, a grassroots movement of the Big Six that invests in and empowers young people to lead solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

The Fund will make low-barrier funding accessible for young people at the grassroots level, minimising “red tape” and creating opportunities relevant to the needs and priorities of young people, including vulnerable, marginalised and underrepresented populations. The Youth Empowerment Fund will focus on youth-led decision-making and solutions related to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals at a local level, with a particular focus on environment, climate change and gender equality,

The Fund will support mentoring and coaching opportunities, as well as capacity strengthening of young people to build their resilience and help them lead, take action and advocate for their needs.Young people will lead in all aspects, from selecting grant beneficiaries to sitting on the initiative’s Board, supporting mentoring and capacity-strengthening programs, and participating in the design, leadership, and implementation of projects in their communities.

Who can Apply

Young people aged 14 to 30 from countries eligible for Official Development Assistance *

Who Qualifies

– Young individuals
– Informal groups
– Registered youth-led organisations

Eligible Projects

Projects addressing global challenges aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Focus Areas

– Projects by or for underrepresented young people and groups, including young people in challenging circumstances, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and individuals facing barriers related to gender or disability
– Projects addressing climate change and environmental sustainability

The Selection Process

The selection process will involve Youth panellists who will review, score, and discuss applications in panel meetings. The Youth Panel is composed of diverse young individuals from around the world who have experience in social projects and understand the challenges and needs of youth-led initiatives. Applicants will be notified within 2 months if their project is selected and will be asked to sign a grant agreement and submit their banking information. Unsuccessful applicants will receive recommendations on areas for improvement by email to help strengthen their future submissions.

How to Apply

Applications are open from June 27 until July 21, and young people from eligible countries are encouraged to apply. The application process is straightforward and accessible, with forms available online and in multiple languages.

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