Young people and youth workers naturally constitute the main target population of the Programme. However, the Programme reaches these individuals through promoters.
Conditions for participation in the Programme therefore relate to these two actors: the ‘participants‘ (individuals participating in the Programme) and the ’promoters‘ (in most cases, legally established organisations). For both participants and promoters, conditions for participation depend on the country in which they are based.
Are you young person aged between 13 and 30 years old or somebody active in youth work or youth organisations legally resident in one of the Programme or Partner Countries?
If so, you can be a participant of a Youth in Action project, depending on the Action and sub-Action concerned. For the conditions for participation in specific Actions or sub-Actions, please consult Part B of the Guide.
Check in particular:
- lower age limits - participants must have reached the minimum age at the application deadline. For example, if the lower age limit is 15 years, participants must have reached their 15th birthday by the application deadline.
- upper age limits - participants must not be older than the indicated maximum age at the application deadline. For example, if the upper age limit is 28 years, participants must not have reached their 29th birthday by the application deadline.
Youth in Action projects are submitted and, if selected, managed by promoters representing the participants. Are you:
- a non-profit or non-governmental organisation;
- a local, regional public body;
- an informal group of young people;
- a body active at European level in the youth field (ENGO), having member branches in at least 8 Programme Countries;
- an international governmental non-profit organisation;
- a profit-making organisation organising an event in the area of youth, sport or culture...
... legally established in one of the Programme or Partner Countries?
If so, you can be promoter of a Youth in Action project depending on the Action and sub-Action concerned. For the conditions for participation in specific Actions or sub-Actions, please consult Part B of the Guide.
If your project is selected, you become a beneficiary‘ of the Programme. A beneficiary is a promoter who will be proposed a grant agreement for the realisation of the project (grant agreements are not proposed to the participants themselves).
What is a body active at European level in the youth field? An ENGO must:
1. be legally established from at least one year
2. be non-profit-making
3. operate at European level, alone or in coordination with other organisations
4. have a structure (member branches) and activities covering at least eight Programme Countries
5. be active in the field of youth
6. run activities in accordance with the principles underlying the Community activity in the youth field
7. involve the young people in managing the activities conducted for their benefit.
Depending on the Action or sub-Action, participants and promoters based in various countries can participate. For the conditions for participation in specific Actions or sub-Actions, please consult Part B of the Guide.
A distinction is made between Programme Countries and Partner Countries.
- Participants and promoters from Programme Countries can participate in all Actions of the Youth in Action Programme.
27 Member States of the European Union
Participating countries of the EFTA members of the EEA: Iceland, Liechtenstein,Norway and Switzerland
Candidate countries for accession to the European Union: Turkey, Croatia
- Participants and promoters from Neighbouring Partner Countries can participate in Action 2 and sub-Action 3.1 of the Youth in Action Programme.
Neighbouring Partner Countries
South East Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo (under UNSC Resolution 1244/1999).
Eastern Europe and Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine.
Mediterranean Partner Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Syria, Tunisia.
N.B. Check also the eligible countries in the specific calls for proposals
- Participants and promoters from Other Partner Countries of the World can participate in Action 2 and sub-Action 3.2 of the Youth in Action Programme.
Other Partner Countries of the World: consult the point 5.3 of the Guide.