What is a Group Initiative?
A Group Initiative is a project created and run by a group of young people. Such
projects can represent innovative examples of the contributions that young
people want to make to their local community.
The duration of such projects is between three months and one year.
Where can projects take place?
Group Initiatives may take place in any of the Program countries (see section
B.2), but not in third countries.
|Who can apply?
Groups of young people who are legally resident in one of the
countries and are, in principle, aged between 15 and 25.
A group should consist of at least four individuals, one of whom takes
responsibility for submitting the application and signing the contract.
In some cases a mentor/youth worker may act as a legal representative.
What help is available for preparing and implementing a project?
The National Agencies, which receive the applications, have advisers who can
help or act as mediators to other contact persons or support organizations able
to provide assistance with Group Initiative projects. A group may also be
assisted by a youth worker, provided the young people themselves remain in
charge of, and directly responsible for, the management and implementation of
The National Agencies may arrange training for young people wishing to set up a
Group Initiative, to help them manage the project effectively and advise them on
how to go about finding resources to supplement the Community grant. Please
contact your National Agency for detailed information (see Annex).
What are the general selection criteria?
The following criteria should be taken into consideration when planning a Group
How is a project financed?
Funding from the YOUTH program for a Group Initiative project (see
section E.5) is based on a fixed amount.
The amount awarded will depend on the priority status of the project, which
will be determined in accordance with the criteria below. Projects classified
as priority 1 will be awarded a maximum amount of € 10 000. For the other
priorities, the maximum amounts are € 7 500 (priority 2) and € 5 000 (priority
3). The maximum grant awarded might vary depending on the country in which the
activity will take place. However, it can never exceed the amount applied for.
The priority status will be determined according to the following:
How to apply?
When the idea has been discussed within the group and a consensus has been
reached, it is then time to submit the application to the National Agency in
the country where the project will take place. The National Agencies have
advisers who can help in planning the project or refer the applicant to other
persons with whom they cooperate in providing assistance for young people.
Please contact the National Agency in your country for assistance with filling
in the forms.
Application forms can be requested from the National Agencies or downloaded
from the Commission's and other websites (see Annex). Applications should be
submitted by the deadlines indicated in section B.5.
What are the contractual obligations?
In signing the contract, the group undertakes to carry out the project as
presented and to communicate to the National Agency any changes or
If the project is not implemented as originally agreed, or is not actually
carried out at all, the National Agency will cancel the agreement and may
require full or partial reimbursement of the sum paid out.
The European Commission or the National Agency may carry out on-site visits to
check that all contractual obligations are being properly fulfilled.