Youth-led Solutions Open Calls

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Open Call Applications Now Open!

The EU Youth Empowerment Fund, in partnership with the Global Youth Mobilization, an initiative of the world’s largest youth organisations – the “Big Six” –, is proud to announce the launch of the OPEN CALL for applications to the EU Youth Empowerment Fund through the Global Youth Mobilization, an initiative aimed at empowering young people to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) locally within their communities.

Applications for the Open Call first cycle are open from the 27th of June to the 21st of July. 

About the Open Call for Youth-Led Solutions

Youth-led and youth-co-created initiatives have enormous potential to contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That is why, the EU Youth Empowerment Fund through the Global Youth Mobilization is investing funding, through our unique open call to young people regardless of background or location, to submit their projects addressing local challenges in their communities.

Our youth panellists will assess projects, awarding funding at four levels, from 500 EUR to 5000 EUR, to support projects across the Sustainable Development Goals.

In addition to funding, we provide successful project awardees with mentorship, workshops, and guidance for their implementation journey.
Also, project teams stand a chance to join an Accelerator Program. This program offers more intensive training, support from experts, and additional funding opportunities to help scale their projects further.

What kind of projects are we looking to fund?

Projects must be youth-led, with young people aged 14 to 30 from countries eligible for Official Development Assistance able to apply. We accept applications from young individuals, informal groups or registered youth-led organisations.

Projects should be aligned to one or more of the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Further information about the Sustainable Development Goals can be found here.

We have a special focus on projects that:

Support individuals or communities who are underrepresented

Address climate change,  environmental protection or sustainability

No poverty

Zero hunger 

Good health and well-being

Quality education 

Gender equality 

Clean water and sanitation

Affordable and clean energy 

Decent work and economic growth 

Industry, innovation and infrastructure 

Reduced inequalities 

Sustainable cities and communities

Responsible consumption and production 

Climate Action

Life below water

Life on land 

Peace, justice, and strong institutions 

Partnerships for the goals

Application Process

The application platform has been designed to be accessible to all young people. Our application forms are simple and easy to complete to ensure the application process is as user-friendly as possible. It is available in four languages (Arabic, English, French and Spanish) and there is the option to upload videos to support an application. 

To support young people in completing the application form we have created Frequently Asked Questions and Sample Application Answers for Individuals and Informal Groups & Registered Organisations

For those who have internet access issues or disabilities,  we can provide an offline form or other accommodations.

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