DEADLINE EXTENDED – CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS: Empowering Youth in Preventing and/or Countering Extremism Opportunities

Published June 21, 2023

EDYN HQ is pleased to announce a call for project proposals aimed at empowering EDYN members in preventing and countering extremism in their local communities and among youth. We are seeking innovative projects led by our members that explore strategies to understand, identify, and address the root causes of violent extremism, political or otherwise. Projects will target young audiences and/or members’ local communities.

Important information:

  • The budget limit for each project is $7,500.
  • Only EDYN Members and Alumni can apply for funding.
  • Due to the external funder’s geographic area of operations, only project proposals by members from Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Hungary, and the Czech Republic can be taken into consideration.
  • Each project proposal must involve at least two applicants from two different EDYN countries. More members from the same chapter can apply, but the maximum number of chapters involved is two.
  • Implementation period: 8-12 months, starting in fall/winter 2023.
  • EDYN HQ will consider initiatives including:
    • Research projects culminating in reports monitoring human rights violations and civil society’s role in preserving a safe environment for communities at risk;
    • Workshops and trainings;
    • Advocacy campaigns;
    • Online awareness campaigns;
    • Other;
    • Conferences and roundtables will not be considered as viable project ideas.
  • Although not required, collaborative proposals involving partnerships with third-party organisations are encouraged.
  • The number of successfully selected microgrants will be subject to external funding.

 

Application process:

  • To submit the project, the member must download the project proposal form HERE, fill it out with the other team member(s), and then one team member will email the application form to EDYN HQ’s Partnerships & Outreach Manager (Carlotta Serioli) at [email protected].
  • Only applications that deploy the designated application template will be considered.

 

Important Dates:

  • Proposal submission deadline: Wednesday July 26th, 23:59 CET
  • Q&A session: Tuesday, June 27, at 5pm CET (link: https://meet.google.com/jif-dehf-crq)
  • Announcement of selected projects: Wednesday, August 2nd

Contact Information: For any inquiries or further information, please contact [email protected].

 

Evaluation and Selection Process: All submitted project proposals will undergo a rigorous evaluation process by EDYN HQ staff, the Leadership Council, and EDYN’s implementing partners (NDI and IRI). Proposals will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the call’s objectives and focus areas;
  • Clarity and feasibility of the project plan and methodology;
  • Innovativeness and potential impact of the proposed project;
  • Qualifications and expertise of the project team.

 

Objectives:

  • Empowering young people with the knowledge and skills to prevent and counter violent extremism, promoting inclusive and tolerant societies.
  • Fostering youth-led initiatives that address the underlying factors contributing to radicalization and promote peace, dialogue, and social cohesion.
  • Enhancing the capacity of young individuals to develop and implement effective prevention and intervention strategies.
  • Facilitating collaboration and knowledge-sharing among young leaders and organizations working in the field of preventing and countering violent extremism.

 

Focus Areas – Proposed projects should align with one or more of the following focus areas, or with other ones of the member’s preference so long as they remain on-topic:

  • Youth-Led Research and Analysis: Projects focusing on conducting research and analysis to better understand the factors contributing to radicalization and violent extremism, particularly (not exclusively) among young people. This includes identifying risk factors, online spaces, disinformation, recruitment strategies, and narratives used by extremist groups and/or parties.
  • Awareness and Counter-Narratives: Projects aimed at developing and disseminating counter-narratives that challenge extremist ideologies and promote positive values, tolerance, and respect. The focus should be on engaging and empowering young people to create and share their own narratives through various mediums.
  • Building Resilience and Skills Development: Projects focusing on building resilience among young individuals and communities, equipping them with critical thinking, media literacy, and conflict resolution skills. This includes developing educational programs, training modules, and workshops targeting youth audiences.
  • Strengthening Community Engagement: Projects aimed at fostering youth-led community initiatives that promote social cohesion, intercultural dialogue, and inclusivity. This includes organizing events, campaigns, and projects that bring together diverse groups to address shared challenges and build understanding.

 

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