Funding Opportunities 

Detailed information on funding opportunities

World Scouting Grants

Donor

World Scouting Grants combines sources of income from the World Scout Foundation and different partners within one overarching mechanism to provide financial support to NSOs/NSAs.

Aim

To inspire and motivate youth worldwide to work to improve their communities through capacity building, dialogue and community action and directly contribute to achieving the SDGs. 

Who can apply

NSOs/NSAs as well as Regional and Global Support Centres of the World Scout Bureau; local Scout Groups must go through their NSO to submit projects. Preference will always be given to NSOs/NSAs, particularly those in countries facing economic difficulties. 

Procedure

Project proposals should be completed using the online platform Fluxx. The Europe Support Centre will give an NSO/NSA with no previous experience with Fluxx access and further instructions upon contact. 

Budget

No limits established; however, applications below USD 25’000 are reviewed by the Regional Decision Committee, and the world-level Joint Executive Committee reviews those above USD 25’000.  

Deadline

There are no deadlines for applications. When the application is finalised, the review and consideration will depend on the requested amount and vary from 2-3 months, so the project's start date should correspond to this timeline. It is recommended, but not required, that NSOs/NSAs reach out to signal their interest to the Europe Support Centre at the beginning of the year so their project will be considered when the pipeline is planned. 

Example of approved projects

The fund targets three categories of work: (1) capacity strengthening, (2) community development/action, (3) special projects (disaster response, Support to youth in (post-)conflict zones, Peace and culture of dialogue). The fund is also supporting the two priorities of the European Scout Region, “Youth Empowerment” and “Diversity and Inclusion”. 

Contact the Europe Support Centre

[email protected] 

Scout Donation Platform


 

Donor

The platform is a crowdfunding platform; anyone can donate through the website with both big and small amounts.  

Aim

The Scout Donation Platform is the go-to place for Scouts to fundraise for their community service projects. National Scout Organizations can also raise donations for large-scale humanitarian response and relief efforts.  

Who can apply

Individual scouts or local groups of all NSOs and NSAs of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The endorsement from the IC or SDP Coordinator of the NSO or NSA from which the person who submitted the project is from, will be requested for all projects when submitted on the platform. NSOs, NSAs, and the Regions of WOSM can submit projects as well.

Procedure

Projects can be submitted at https://donate.scout.org/start-project. The IC or SDP Coordinator will then receive a request to endorse the project. When this endorsement has been received the SDP Team will then review the project and might share with the Scouts recommendations on how to better the project’s chances of receiving funding. 

The project will then be published on the platform https://donate.scout.org/explore. The scouts can then promote the project to raise funds. Lastly, the funds raised before the project's start date will be released. After the end date of the project a story with the description and results of the project is to be submitted on the sdgs-hub https://sdgs.scout.org/.

Budget

No limit depends on the scope of the project. The SDP Team might advise on the goal amount to improve the project’s chances of reaching the goal. 

Deadline

Applications may be submitted at any time, but note that enough time for the project to be published and promoted should be included to reach the goal in time for the start of the project.  

Example of approved projects

Renewable Energy, Mental Health Awareness, Soap Making Workshops for Employment, Humanitarian Aid efforts. 

Contact for any questions

[email protected]  

European Scout Foundation

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Donor

European Scout Foundation

Aim

To provide financial support for the development of Scouting in Europe

Who can apply

Local Scout groups and national applications for smaller project proposals from across the Region, with the endorsement of their International Commissioner.

Procedure

As with the World Scouting Grants, applications need to be submitted through Fluxx (https://scoutgrants.fluxx.io/user_sessions/new). Applicants with no Fluxx experience can contact the Europe Support Centre for support and access to the system.

Information regarding procedure and criteria can be found at http://europeanscoutfoundation.com/projects/.

The application will be reviewed once a project has been submitted, and the results will be communicated to the project manager.

Budget

Up to 5,000 EUR.

Deadline

No deadlines are established for applications, but application review can take 1-3 months. 

Examples of approved projects

Contribution to educational projects, purchase of materials, and organisation of events.

Contact

[email protected]

Erasmus+

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Donor

European Union 

Aim

This is the Programme that the European Union has set up for education, with a separate chapter for young people and youth organisations with the following transversal priorities: Inclusion and Diversity, Green, Digital, and Active participation.  

It promotes mobility within and beyond the EU borders, youth work, non-formal education, and trans-sectorial partnerships among different educational actors.

Who can apply

Organisations from EU “programme countries” plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, North Macedonia, and Serbia. Organisations from “Neighbouring countries” need at least one partner from a “Programme Country” to apply. The new Erasmus+ programme has an extended international dimension and aims to support more exchanges outside Europe. For all actions, there are different age limits and different numbers of eligible participants/partners.

Procedure

The programme is divided into three different actions (2 relevant for NSOs): 

  1. Key action 1: “Individual mobility” youth exchange, youth initiative, youth worker mobility, seminars, trainings. This action is the easiest to access. Youth participation activities can also be held nationally without international exchange. Discover EU provides Interrail Train tickets to young people reaching 18 years old (The next application deadline is in spring 2024). 
  2. Key action 2: “Strategic partnerships” (bigger projects involving ideally also partners from outside Scouting and the youth sector for innovative approaches to non-formal education). The projects for this action are more complex to access but can include project management and staff costs.  Small-scale Partnerships within Key Action 2 are designed to widen access to small-scale actors. With lower grant amounts awarded to organisations (lump sum EUR 50,000), shorter duration, and simpler administrative requirements compared to the Cooperation Partnerships, this action aims to reach out to grassroots organisations, less experienced organisations, and newcomers to the Programme. 

The Erasmus Youth accreditation is awarded for the period from 2021 to 2027. Accredited organisations can apply for funding (grant requests) for youth mobility activities in a prioritised and simplified way. Once an organisation has the accreditation, applications are based on the previously approved accreditation plan, so a detailed list and description of the planned activities are not required. We recommend all NSO/NSAs to proceed with the accreditation of their organisation.  

Budget

Youth Programme for seven years: EUR 2.4 billion. Each action has different funding rules, but generally, the support is offered in terms of travel, accommodation, and activity costs through lump sums and a scale of unit costs.

Deadline

Key Action 1: 1 February + 1 October 2024; Key Action 2: 5 March 2024, Accreditation: 1 October 2024 

Example of approved projects/financed actions

youth exchanges, youth initiatives, youth democracy projects, training and networking activities, meetings with young people and those responsible for youth policy. 

Contact

[email protected]  

European Solidarity Corps (ESC)

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Donor

European Union 

Aim

The European Solidarity Corps is a European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. This programme replaces the former European Voluntary Service.  

Who can apply

Youth Organisations such as NSOs/NSAs from the Erasmus+ Programme countries. But countries outside the EU can host volunteers. Applicant organisations should have a valid European Solidarity Corps quality label. We encourage all NSO/NSAs to apply for a European Solidarity Corps Quality label.

Quality label accreditation

A Quality Label is an organisation's entry ticket to the European Solidarity Corps and an organisation can apply for a Quality Label for volunteering - supporting and/or host role. The Quality Label gives access to the ESC funding opportunities and a pool of motivated young people. The Quality Label can be applied for here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/app-forms/af-ui-opportunities/#/european-solidarity-corps  

Procedure

Application forms are available through an online system here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-esc/index/. Applications for the ESC quality label can be submitted at any time online. The programme offers the possibility of deploying volunteers in “crisis” countries through the EU Aid Volunteers (application at the centralised level).  

Budget

EUR 1 billion available for 2021-2027. Each action has different funding rules, but generally, the support is offered in terms of travel, accommodation, and activity costs through lump sums and a scale of unit costs.

Deadline

Volunteer projects; 20 February (Optional, 1 October 2024), Solidarity Projects; 20 February 2024 + 1 October 2024 (Optional, 7 May 2024), Humanitarian Aid; 16 April 2024 

Examples of approved projects/financed actions

Long term International volunteering placement (2 to 12 months), possibility of in-country volunteering for young people with fewer opportunities, volunteering projects initiated by young people at the local level, International Support Team in Jamborees through the centralised call: Volunteering Teams in high priority areas

Contact

[email protected]  

European Youth Foundation

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Donor

Council of Europe 

Aim

Provide financial support for European youth activities. Its purpose is to encourage cooperation among young people in Europe by providing financial support to European youth activities which promote peace, understanding and cooperation in a spirit of respect for the Council of Europe's fundamental values, such as human rights, democracy, tolerance and solidarity. 

Who can apply

Youth organisations such as NSO/NSAs from countries which are Member States of the Council of Europe. Even if the project participants are youth leaders, at least 75% of them must be under the age of 30. 

Procedure

Youth organisations must be registered online in the EYF database before being able to submit an application; to apply, an organisation has to complete an online application. Please note that most of the actions require a partnership among organisations from different countries, meaning that the activities have to be international. Pilot projects are the only way to have local activities granted without other international partners.

Budget

EYF cannot cover the full cost of the project. Its contribution may not exceed two-thirds of the total cost of a project. The average grant for an International Event is EUR15’000 (up to EUR20’000); Pilot projects are limited to a maximum of EUR15’000. 

Deadline

International Events: April 1 + October 1. Pilot projects: January 15 2024 + May 15 2024. Please note that a project should, at the earliest, start three months after applying.

Example of approved projects/financed actions

There are two categories of grants to which national organisations can apply to: International events (at least four days of events, three international partners, seven countries represented and four in the planning team) and pilot projects. Priority is given to pilot projects that address a particular situation in a country or local community (e.g., crisis, minorities, discrimination etc.). We recommend you try to apply for a pilot project grant before trying to access the International Event ones.

Contact in the Europe Support Centre, Brussels

[email protected] NSOs and NSAs may also submit a https://treehouse.scout.org/wosm-services. 

Erik Frank Trust

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Donor

Eric Frank Trust

Aim

Funding projects within organisations which help empower young people particularly to develop leadership skills necessary to contribute constructively to their society.  

Procedure

Projects must be submitted electronically to "The Administrator of the Eric Frank Trust [email protected]”. There is a standard cover page but no application form. Applications that have the written support of the European Support Centre will ensure the veracity of the application

Visegrád Fund

Donor

Equal contributions of the V4 countries (Hungary, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia) plus contributions from other governments (Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, USA). 

Aim

Facilitate and promote the development of closer cooperation among citizens and institutions in the region of the four countries and between the V4 region and other countries, especially in the Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership regions. 

Who can apply

Any legal entity or natural person worldwide. Preferences are given to applicants from non-governmental and non-profit organizations, municipalities and local governments, public schools and universities, research and scientific bodies and public institutions. Any application must involve at least three partners from the V4 countries. 

Procedure

Application forms are available through an online system at http://my.visegradfund.org/. The system usually opens 30 days before a given deadline (February 1, June 1, October 1). Applicants must register with an existing e-mail address to start a new application form. 

Budget

Annual budget of EUR 8 million. 

Example of approved projects/financed actions

The Central European Jamboree, The Scout and Guide Academy, European Youth Event. 

Contact in the Europe Support Centre, Brussels

[email protected]  

Useful resources for funding

Especially for NSOs/NSAs of South-Eastern Europe: the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) http://www.balkancsd.net/ 

T-kit 9 "Funding and financial management" produced by EU-COE youth partnership

https://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/youth-partnership/t-kit-9-funding-and-financial-management#47345507_47257767_True  

UK Institute of Fundraising (website with many interesting suggestions): http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/

Funds for NGOs (website with lot of interesting suggestions and free latest funds alert): http://www.fundsforngos.org/. 

European Fundraising Association: http://www.efa-net.eu/

 

Please note that the Europe Support Centre, Brussels, always informs Member Organizations of funding opportunities that might interest them. 

Some funding opportunities or donors have not been listed in this document only because they might be active in specific geographical areas of countries and, therefore, are irrelevant. This includes, for example, programmes of the European Union focusing on neighbouring non-EU countries or that have different implementation objectives in different countries. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Europe Support Centres in Brussels to inquire for more information and support in your resource mobilisation efforts.