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Applications invited for 2019 Youth Solidarity Fund

Applications invited for 2019 Youth Solidarity Fund

Organization: United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

Apply By: 30 Aug 2019

Grant Amount: 25000 USD

About the Organization

UNAOC was established in 2005, under the auspices of the United Nations and co-sponsored by the Governments of Spain and Turkey. UNAOC works towards a more socially inclusive world, by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, and highlighting the will of the world’s majority to reject violent extremism and embrace diversity. UNAOC project activities are fashioned around Youth, Education, Media and Migration, which can play a critical role in helping to reduce cross-cultural tensions.

About the Fund

The Youth Solidarity Fund (YSF) supports youth-led organizations that foster peaceful and inclusive societies. Seed funding is given to projects, for and by young people, `that demonstrate innovative and effective approaches to intercultural or interfaith dialogue. It awards grants (up to USD 25,000) for the implementation of selected projects that demonstrate innovative and effective approaches to intercultural or interfaith dialogue and advance the mission of UNAOC

Projects funded

  • Educational activities, ranging from one-day awareness raising sessions to week-long trainings, peer-education activities, summer camps, as well as development of educational materials and tools and creation of networks of student leaders and youth clubs;
  • Arts and sports as tools to address conflict in a non-violent way, to promote inter-community understanding and to raise-awareness about the dangers of sectarianism, extremism and radicalization;
  • Media and social-media campaigns, video production for advocacy purposes and radio series to promote messages of tolerance and peace;
  • Creative settings that facilitate intercultural dialogue, interfaith understanding, sharing of experiences and learning from each other in order to bring meaningful change to their society

Eligibility

To be eligible, applying youth organizations need to fulfill each and every one of the following criteria:

  • Be youth-led: a majority of the positions and decision-making roles within the organization are held by women and men between the ages of 18 and 35;
  • Be a non-profit, non-governmental organization (with the exception of national youth councils) registered in the country of operation as a charity, trust, foundation or association;
  • Be officially registered and operational for a minimum of 2 years by the deadline for applications with funding base and project implementation (e.g. operational in August 2017 or earlier);
  • Be registered and operate in one of the aforementioned countries;
  • Have a democratic governance structure and decision making mechanism, including consultative processes in formulating priorities and policies;
  • Have an ability to demonstrate proper and consistent monitoring, evaluation and record-keeping of their activities, including project evaluation reports and financial accounts;
  • Have a gender perspective/balance reflected in their staff, beneficiaries and activities;
  • Have no adherence to or affiliations with violent ideologies or antagonism against any particular country, culture, religion or belief system, ethnic group, gender, etc.; and
  • Did not receive funding under past editions of YSF or did not receive the Intercultural Innovation Award.

Eligibility criteria for projects:

All submitted projects must fulfill each and every one of the following criteria to be deemed eligible and be reviewed by the Selection Committee:

  • Origin: The project was developed and written by youth;
  • Target Audience: The project targets primarily youth. Gender balance among project participants is ensured;
  • Objective: The project contributes to advancing UNAOC’s mandate of promoting a more socially inclusive world, by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities;
  • Management: The project is managed by a youth-led organization, responding to all eligibility criteria mentioned above;
  • Project Coordinator: The Project Coordinator is an employee of the applying organization and is between the ages of 18 and 35 at the moment of the application;
  • Duration and Timing: The project must be implemented during November 2019 to November 2020, while final reports will need to be submitted by 15 November 2020 at the very latest;
  • Location: Project activities are implemented in the country (ies) mentioned in the list on the website
  • Budget: The organization needs to guarantee its capacity to implement all elements of the proposed project with the funds requested. The amount requested must be no more than 50% of the organization’s annual budget in 2018. Grants provided by UNAOC will not exceed USD 25,000.
  • English: Application and CV/resume of the Project Coordinator must be in English only;
  • Registration certificate and statute: A copy of a registration certificate and a statute need to be attached to the application form.

Deadline: The application deadline is Friday, 30 August 2019, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in New York.

How to Apply

Interested organizations can apply at the following link: http://apply.unaoc.org/

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