Democracy: Now! Young Voices for the future.

A call for projects by the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) and the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb

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Political commitment and the various forms of participation – such as voting or being involved in decision making – are key issues when we talk about the future of young people. After a long period of disinterest in politics, young people have been making their voices heard in recent years. They are taking an increasingly active role and a stronger stand on decisions that concern their future. " Fridays for Future " has triggered an international youth movement to combat climate warming. And during the last European elections, record numbers of under-25-year-olds turned out to vote. The young generation will be particularly hard-hit by climate change and the health crisis – and many doubt that their concerns are being sufficiently taken into consideration.

Society will have to tackle a range of challenges, including the widening social gaps, conspiracy theories and fake news, along with fears for the future and the climate emergency. For all of these reasons, young people's commitment to a democratic and sustainable future has never been as important as it is now.

Against this backdrop and in the lead-up to the forthcoming regional elections in Germany and the presidential and parliamentary elections in France, the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) and the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb have set out to bolster democracy and boost participation and commitment by and for young people. Their aim is to make a concrete contribution to civic education that extends beyond borders:
Democracy: Now!  Young voices for the future.

We subsidise projects on the following themes:

  • Every vote counts! Projects and meetings on the themes of democracy, human rights and elections
  • Speak up! Projects and meetings to promote youth commitment and involvement in a context marked by climate warming, sustainable development and inequalities
  • Digital democracy! Projects and meetings on the themes of freedom of expression and conspiracy theories, in a digital environment

Who can apply?

  • Young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 can submit an individual application
  • Education managers, youth federations, organisations and associations in the fields of child, youth and adult education, culture, sport, science and the media
  • General and vocational schools as well as universities
  • Twinning committees and regional authorities

Who, and what projects, can qualify for a grant?

Eligible participants will be between the ages of 14 and 30.

The priority of the FGYO and bpb is to support young people who have fewer opportunities, and young people with limited access to mobility programmes. This includes, for example, young people experiencing great difficulty finding employment, young people who are geographically distant from mobility options, young people with a low level of training and young people with a disability.

The following are eligible for a grant: Franco-German projects, and trinational projects involving partners from the following countries:

  • European Union Member States
  • European Union candidate countries from South-East Europe: (Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey) along with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo
  • Maghreb countries: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia
  • United Kingdom

The project format can be chosen at will. Grants may be awarded for the following: offline and online meetings, or hybrid meetings (combining offline and online formats). The project duration must be at least two days, but may extend over several months.

The project and its activities can take the form of youth exchanges, BarCamps, seminars, youth parliaments, concerts, sporting projects, artistic initiatives and training courses.

How much is the grant?

There are two categories of grant:

Category 1: a grant to the value of between 1 and 7,000 euros 

Category 2: a grant to the value of between 7,001 and 20,000 euros  

A points system is used to select the projects and determine the value of the grant. This system is based on defined selection criteria (see appendix).

How and until when can I apply?

Submit a single grant request for each project, using the online application form. The application must be sent by e-mail to the following address: staudt@dfjw.org Applications must be submitted before the project begins.

Note: Applications can only be submitted by project leaders from Germany or France.

What are the obligations regarding communication?

Projects must be made accessible to the public (through leaflets, posters, the press or social media). The grant awarded by the bpb and the FGYO must be explicitly mentioned and the bpb/FGYO logos must be used on all of the project's communication media. The organisations awarding the grants reserve the right to present the projects selected on their website and at events.

How are the projects selected?

A selection panel made up of representatives of the FGYO and the bpb selects the projects to be awarded grants, within the limits of the FGYO's available funds and in accordance with defined criteria (see Appendix).

Contact: Florian Staudt (Staudt@dfjw.org)

APPENDIX: Project selection and financing criteria

1. Criteria

A selection panel made up of representatives of the FGYO and the bpb selects the projects to be awarded grants within the framework of the FGYO's available funds and in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Subject: The project's content should relate to at least one of the following subjects:
    • Every vote counts! Projects and meetings on the themes of democracy, human rights and elections
    • Speak up!  Projects and meetings to promote youth commitment and involvement in a context marked by climate warming, sustainable development and inequalities
    • Digital democracy! Projects and meetings on the themes of freedom of expression and conspiracy theories, in a digital environment
  • Creativity and innovation: Projects can present new approaches and methods, such as the use of digital meeting formats, or fostering creativity in the participants.
  • Participation: The participants must be actively involved in preparing and carrying out the project.
  • Diversity:It is important to reach a large number of participants who have fewer opportunities and touch new target groups, such as youth and people with a diverse background.
  • Impact: The project's communication must extend beyond the framework of the project and reach a broad public.
  • Sustainable development: The projects should stand out for a sustainable approach in their implementation and a long-term impact beyond their implementation.
  • Impartiality: Projects should approach the importance of democracy for young people, in a non-partisan way.
  • International character: Binational or trinational project implementation links up young people across and beyond borders.

2. Funding

A points system is used to select the projects and determine the value of the grant. The system is based on the above-mentioned selection criteria.

The highest possible score is 80 points.

Category 1: a grant to the value of between 1 and 7,000 euros 

Category 2: a grant to the value of between 7,001 and 20,000 euros  

Grants may be awarded to help cover travel, accommodation and programme expenses, where these expenses are directly related to the project (see p. 74 of the FGYO directives).

For online or hybrid projects (combining online and offline meetings), grants may be awarded to cover the costs of renting technical/IT equipment or digital tools for a limited duration and the associated connection costs, if necessary.

A lump sum for organisational costs may be awarded to the applicant, up to the value of 10% of the total amount of the grant.

Investment costs are not covered.

3. Itemised list of expenditure and end-of-project evaluation

The following documents are to be submitted, at the latest, two months after the end of the project:

  • itemised expense sheet, completed and signed
  • list of participants, completed and signed
  • list of receipts, completed
  • detailed report on the implementation of the project, focusing on the outcomes, the evaluation and the specific features of the project
  • detailed programme
  • supporting paperwork mentioning the grant awarded by the FGYO and the bpb as well as the communication initiatives (call for projects, leaflet, brochures, posters, etc.)

Receipts should be sent in by 15 January 2023 for projects carried out between 15 November and 31 December.

The project must not have begun before the grant application was submitted.

The non-profit nature of the project is a prerequisite. Projects that are already financed by the FGYO or the German Federal Agency for Civic Education may not obtain a second grant under this call for projects.

Application deadline:
31.12.2022