‘Youth in action’ programme Action 4.3— ‘Youth Support Systems’ — Support to youth workers’ mobility (EACEA/15/12).

There has been a Call for proposals for ‘Youth in action’ programme Action 4.3— ‘Youth Support Systems’ — Support to youth workers’ mobility (EACEA/15/12).

The purpose of this call for proposals is to support youth workers’ mobility and exchanges with a view to promoting the acquisition of new skills and competences in order to enrich their profile as professionals in the youth field.

Objectives
— to give youth workers the opportunity to experience a different working reality in another country,
— to gain a better understanding of the European dimension of youth work,
— to improve youth workers’ professional, intercultural and language competences,
— to promote the exchange of experiences and approaches to youth work and non-formal education in Europe,
— to contribute to developing stronger and more quality partnerships between youth organisations across Europe, and
— to strengthen the quality and the role of youth work in Europe.

Preference will be given to those projects which best reflect the permanent priorities of the ‘Youth in action’ programme:
— participation of young people,
— cultural diversity,
— European citizenship,
— inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities.

Preference will also be given to projects reflecting the following annual priorities of the call:
— Youth unemployment, poverty and marginalisation;
— Spirit of initiative, creativity and entrepreneurship, employability;
— Grassroots sport and outdoor activities;
— Global environmental challenges and climate change.

Eligible applicants
Only proposals submitted by the following are eligible:
— non-governmental organisations (NGOs),
— bodies active at European level in the field of youth (ENGO), which have member organisations in at least eight (8) programme countries of the ‘Youth in Action’ programme,
— public bodies based at regional or local level.

Applicants must have been legally registered for at least two years in one of the programme countries.
The programme countries are as follows:
— the Member States of the European Union (1): Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom;Each applicant may submit only one project.
— those countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) which are parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA): Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland;
— candidate countries for which a pre-accession strategy has been established: Croatia and Turkey.

Projects should be based on a solid partnership between two (2) partners from two (2) different Programme Countries of which at least one (1) from an EU Member State, acting respectively as sending and host organisation of the youth worker(s) involved in the project. One of the two partners assumes the role of coordinating organisation and applies to the Executive Agency for the whole project on behalf of both. Please note that no more than one project proposal can be submitted by the same applicant under this call for proposals.

Budget:
The total budget allocated to the cofinancing of projects under this call for proposals is estimated at EUR 1 000 000. The maximum grant shall not exceed EUR 25 000.

Projects:
The project must include activities of a non-profit-making nature that are related to the field of youth and non-formal education. Projects must start between 1 November 2012 and 1 April 2013. Projects will have a maximum duration of 12 months. The duration of the mobility will have a minimum duration of 2 months and a maximum duration of 6 months.

Participants of the project proposals submitted under this call for proposals must be professional youth workers legally resident in one of the Youth in Action Programme Countries. Both paid employees and experienced volunteers working in non-governmental organisations or local or regional public bodies active in the field of youth are concerned. There is no age limit of the participants.

This call is not targeted at young volunteers working occasionally in a youth organisation or public body.

Deadline: 3 September 2012 by 12:00 (mid-day, Brussels Time).

For further info: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2012:139:0021:0024:EN:PDF