CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Membership Engagement Funds 2024 Opportunities

Published January 15, 2024

EDYN invites its members to apply with project proposals under the Membership Engagement Fund (MEF) for the year 2024. The Membership Engagement Fund (MEF) is a funding mechanism designed to promote peer collaboration, shared learning, and professional development among EDYN members. The projects should reflect the EDYN values of liberty, justice, and equality and the commitment to promote greater civic and political youth leadership in Europe.

Eligibility:

  • Only EDYN Ambassadors and Members are eligible to apply for funding.
  • Each project proposal must be submitted by a project team of at least 5 EDYN. Members in bigger country chapters (in those with more than 15 active members) or 3 EDYN Members in smaller country chapters (under 15 active members). However, we encourage applicants to involve more members in the project.
  • Project proposals can be with an in-country focus or cross-country where a maximum of two chapters collaborate together.
  • All project team members should contribute equally to implementing the activities. 
  • Each applicant can submit only one project proposal.
  • Activities should both engage country chapter members and other stakeholders.
  • All projects must reflect EDYN’s values and principles.

Applicants are encouraged to address the current challenges in their respective countries/regions and provide solutions that would contribute to:

  • Building a strong, resilient democratic society;
  • Increasing youth engagement and representation in the democratic process;
  • Promoting the expertise of young leaders;
  • Facilitating the exchange of knowledge and best practices between young people in EDYN member countries;
  • Building skills among young people committed to democracy.
  • We strongly encourage Country Chapter collaboration and activities focusing on your members.

The types of activities that could be considered include: promoting democracy, constructive political dialogue, depolarization, addressing the rise of populism, brain drain, inclusion of marginalized groups, environmental protection, using digital outreach tools to promote transparency, raising awareness through civic engagement, engaging in grassroots campaigns, advocating for policy change, and a variety of other initiatives. 

EDYN HQ will provide technical expertise on how to strategically engage stakeholders to advocate for the policy changes they wish to see implemented.

Award amount: The budget ceiling for one subgrant is a maximum of $5.000 (a minimum of five member-driven projects are available from a pool of $25.000). 

The funds will be distributed through deliverable-based contracts among the EDYN HQ and EDYN members who execute the initiatives.

Application Deadline: Complete project proposal must be submitted by email to [email protected] and [email protected] by February 15, 2024. Early submissions are welcome.

All applicants must submit a project proposal and budget, using the forms provided.

Evaluation:

Eligible applications will be reviewed by an evaluation committee consisting of LC and HQ, based on the objectives outlined in this call and the following criteria:

  • Relevance and added value of the project
  • Quality of proposed activities
  • Experience and organization of the project team 
  • Efficient use of financial resources  
  • Outreach plan and expected impact

Interested applicants may submit questions on this call for proposals to [email protected]. Following the selection, the subgrant agreement is expected to start in March 2024.

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