Total budget of the call
€8 000 000
The Call is divided into two Lots:
- Lot 1: Upskilling of disadvantaged youth in terms of digital competences as well as the promotion of entrepreneurial competences and support towards related networking and partnerships: indicative allocation is €3,000,000.
- Lot 2: Development of social entrepreneurship and career management skills, linked to the promotion of youth entrepreneurship in the areas of green and digital economies and support to related networking and partnerships: indicative allocation is €5,000,000.
Any grant requested under this Call must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
- Lot 1: minimum amount €250,000; maximum amount €300,000.
- Lot 2: minimum amount €800,000; maximum amount: €1,000,000
Types of action which may be financed under this Call will include (but not limited to) the following:
- Mentorship and training actions for young people in the fields related to the priorities of the call, such as staff exchanges, workshops, seminars, capacity-building actions, train-the-trainers events, and the promotion and dissemination of existing as well as development of new innovative online training tools or other training modules.
- Actions aiming at the creation and improving of networks/partnerships among key stakeholders (among others, policy makers, youth organisations, social enterprises, financial intermediaries, international donors), mutual learning, cooperation, awareness-raising and dissemination activities, such as (i) the identification of, and exchanges on, good practices, innovative approaches and experiences; (ii) the organisation of peer reviews and mutual learning; (iii) the organisation of workshops, study visits, seminars conferences.
- Establishment and up-scaling of relevant competence development and/or business support structures (e. g. hubs, incubators, accelerators, labs, universities, research centres, etc.), including through financial support to third parties.
Additionally for the individual Lots of the Call, the following indicative type of actions, especially ones targeting disadvantaged youth, will be encouraged.
Under Lot 1:
- Capacity building, training and mentorship activities with focus on digital competences, crucial for enhanced youth employability and media literacy, provided in formal and non-formal education and training contexts;
- Awareness raising amongst young people on the potential and risks of digitalisation for personal and career development;
- Promotion of transnational exchange of experience and best practices and networking between EaP countries as well as between EaP and EU countries with regards to digital upskilling and reskilling of disadvantaged youth, where relevant also building on existing initiatives.
Under Lot 2:
- Support to develop youth social entrepreneurship that has potential for realising innovative solutions in the areas of digital and green economy, including through training, mentoring and coaching as well as through targeted awareness raising to strengthen connections with existing business support schemes;
- Strengthening of networks and partnerships for youth social entrepreneurship with regard to the digital and green transformations, through studies, workshops and other activities, involving private and public actors such as business membership organisations, specialised civil society organisations, relevant national, regional and local administrations, education and training providers and National Youth Councils and other representative youth organisations;
- Developing synergies with and opportunities to access other more advanced entrepreneurship support and/or access to finance initiatives;
- Awareness raising amongst young people on the social entrepreneurial potential of digital and green development;
- Promotion of transnational exchange of experience and best practices between EaP countries with regards to as to youth social entrepreneurship in the areas of green and digital economy.
Activities supported under this Call (applicable to both Lot 1 and Lot 2) may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Design, production and application of tools and methodologies (training curricula, handbooks for teachers and trainers, compendia of good practice, virtual libraries, guidelines etc.) and information material;
- Capacity development through workshops and seminars, peer learning visits, coaching and mentoring, training of teachers and trainers and other relevant practitioners;
- Internships, e.g.: on the job-training in companies and NGOs / youth organisations;
- Youth job events and fairs;
- Networks of key stakeholders, like young entrepreneurs, teachers and trainers;
- Competitions: skills, business ideas;
- Creation of digital tools / apps / portals, for example online registration platforms for companies (for work-based learning activities and internships);
- Information and awareness raising campaigns and promotional events;
- Activities for development of services for promotion of youth employment
- Community consultations and surveys;
- Analysis and communication of main lessons and good practice from the projects,
- Activities encouraging the policy dialogue in the field of youth,
- Interregional and national mobility schemes implemented via internship assignments, scholarships, trainers and/or practitioners exchanges.
Any proposed action must be submitted by a grouping of minimum 3 and maximum 6 entities: one lead applicant + minimum two co-applicants.
Any proposed action must be submitted by a grouping made of entities from minimum two Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).
- A Georgian lead applicant + an Armenian co-applicant + an EU co-applicant;
- An Ukrainian lead applicant + an Azerbaijani co-applicant + an Ukrainian co-applicant;
- An EU lead applicant + an Ukrainian co-applicant + a Moldovan co-applicant.
Any proposed action must take place in at least three Eastern Partnership countries.
- A Georgian lead applicant + an Armenian co-applicant + an EU co-applicant implement activities of the grant project (i.e. activities take place) in Armenia, Georgia and Moldova/other EaP countries.
- An Ukrainian lead applicant + an Azerbaijani co-applicant + an Ukrainian co-applicant implement activities of the grant project (i.e. activities take place) in Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Georgia/other EaP countries.
- An EU lead applicant + an Ukrainian co-applicant + a Moldovan co-applicant implement activities of the grant project (i.e. activities take place) in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus/other EaP countries.
Submission of project applications
Please note that this is a restricted call, only the concept note shall be submitted in the first stage (not the full application).
Concept notes must be in English.
The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant must be completed and submitted online via electronic system “Submittable”.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: THIS CALL FOR GRANT PROPOSALS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
For advise or clarification on issues related to submission of applications, please contact the Central Project Management Agency representatives via e-mail:
Name: Austėja Vilkelytė
Name: Eimantė Vaitekūnaitė
The global objective of this call is to foster active participation of youth in both democratic life and in the labour markets of the Eastern Partnership (hereinafter – EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine), with a focus on disadvantaged youth, thus contributing to sustainable and smart growth, social cohesion and reduction of inequalities in societies.
The specific objectives of this call are to foster young people’s digital skills, develop skills needed for green transition, and alongside improve entrepreneurial and career management skills.
Project grant rate
The minimum 75 % and maximum 90 % of the total eligible costs of the action.
Duration of the projects
The initial planned duration of an action may not be shorter than 18 months nor exceed 30 months.
Applications will be examined and evaluated by the Central Project Management Agency (CPMA), acting as a contracting authority, with the possible assistance of external assessors. All applications will be assessed following the provisions, steps and criteria set out in the section 2.3 of the guidelines for grant applicants.
Please note that if the examination of the application reveals that the proposed action does not meet the eligibility criteria stated in the section 2.1 of the guidelines for grant applicants, the application will be rejected on this sole basis.
Please be advised on the following events and deadlines:
- Online Information Session about the Call will be organized on 8 February 2022 11:00-14:00 EET (UTC+2). Your advance registration is appreciated.
- Deadline for requesting any clarifications from the contracting authority is no later than 21 days before the deadline for the submission of concept notes (24 March 2022).
- Last date on which clarifications are issued by the contracting authority is no later than 11 days before the deadline for submission of concept notes.
- Deadline for submission of concept notes is 14 April 2022 23:59 EET (UTC+2).