Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the application for funding in the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme. Please read also carefully the “information on applications”. If you can’t find your questions answered you are welcome to contact us during our consulting time or via E-mail.
Q: How many countries can be funded?
A: Multilateral projects involving young people are eligible for funding. A maximum of three encounters can be funded for a project; this is possible in particular for multilateral partnership projects or in cases where the third encounter will serve the joint presentation of the results of the project work.
Q: Which countries can be funded?
A: Projects involving participants from the following countries are eligible for funding: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine. For trinational and multinational projects, it is possible for partners either from one of the countries mentioned above or from a different member state of the Council of Europe to participate and receive funding.
Potential “third countries”:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Turkey.
Q: Do I need a project partner from Germany?
A: Yes! If you don’t have a German project partner, your project cannot be recommended for funding within the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE program. For support in finding project partners, see below.
Q: Who can submit an application?
A: Any of the partners involved can apply for the joint project. However, there can and should only be one application submitted for each partnership. One of the project encounters should definitely take place in Germany, and the others in the partner country.
Q: I’m having technical problems with the application form – what can I do?
A: First ensure that your Adobe Reader is up-to-date. In any case, save the form before filling it out. Please note the limited size of the text boxes; only the text that is visible when printed out can be considered.
Q: How can I create a digital ID?
A: 1. First of all, please make sure you are using the current version of Adobe Reader.
2. Click on the red arrow in field 7.4 on page 10 of the application form.
3. Then go to:
a. I would like to create a new digital ID.
b. New digital ID.
c. Enter your identity data: name, organization, e-mail address.
d. Enter your password.
Participants and language
Q: What is an inclusive project group?
A: This kind of group is aimed at an expanded understanding of inclusion. It is about involving all people and especially young people with disabilities, special needs or lesser chances. It is about social inclusion. Barriers for participating in the international exchange might be disabilities, health problems, or economic, social or geographical factors. Together, we can overcome these barriers.
Q: What should the participants’ age group be?
A: Participants should be between 14 and 27 years old. Most importantly, the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE program is not intended to help fund university or study projects.
Q: Is there a minimum/maximum number of participants?
A: For bilateral and trilateral projects, we recommend having 7 to 15 participants per country. For multilateral projects, up to 60 participants from different countries can be funded per project.
Q: How can we reduce the language barrier for the projects?
A: It is fundamental for all the participants to have a good opportunity to participate in the project. The language and project language play an important role in this respect. For example, there may be project phases that utilize a common language to help guarantee successful communication and make joint project work possible. Usually, this is English or a language from the specific constellation of partner countries. In the event that the project partners lack a common language, the support of a language mediator can be used; the relevant fees for interpreters can be requested in the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE application as part of personnel costs. Sprachanimation IJAB brochure.
Finding a project partner
Q: Where can I find an international or German partner school or non-school organization?
A: Unfortunately, we are not able to help you find a partner directly. The following is a compilation of links that can help you find a project partner.
The Pedagogical Exchange Service offers a comprehensive overview of partner search databases and partner search forums: www.kmk-pad.org
ConAct: Coordination Center for German-Israeli Youth Exchange promotes youth encounters between Germany and Israel and helps find partners from both countries: http://www.conact-org.de/index.php?id=67
The well-structured website Partnerschulnetz.de connects school in Germany and worldwide: http://www.partnerschulnetz.de/en/school-search/
The Intercultural Center in Vienna provides contact between schools worldwide on its website: https://www.iz.or.at/de/ueber-uns/dialog
The website of the British Council also provides a search tool for schools worldwide: https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/partner-schools/search
Tandem, the coordination center for German-Czech youth exchange, helps connect organizations, individuals, clubs and schools in Germany and the Czech Republic (in German and Czech): http://www.tandem-org.eu/partner/
The Polish-German Youth Office (DPJW) website connects organizations, individuals, clubs and schools in Germany Poland (in German and Polish):
The German-Russian Youth Exchange Foundation offers advice on finding contacts between Germany and Russia: https://www.stiftung-drja.de/de/organisieren/projekt-planen/partner-finden.html
The eTwinning platform of the European Commission provides a social network for teachers and schools throughout Europe. You can use the platform to look for German or European project partners. Registration is free: www.etwinning.net
Otlas is a project- and partner-finding tool of the EU Youth in Action program: https://www.salto-youth.net/tools/otlas-partner-finding/
The mailing list/newsletter of the “JOE List”, the network for young Eastern Europe experts, can be used as a forum for requests and opportunities for cooperation. Every now and then, it also announces dates for networking forums: http://www.joe-list.de/
Anna Lindh Foundation: www.euromedalex.org/partner-search
Q: How do I find an appropriate idea for joint project work on the issues of diversity, respect and cohesion?
A: The following questions can be helpful for you in developing the project idea.
• What aspect of the diversity theme is interesting for us and our partners?
• How can we involve young people in developing the project idea?
• How can we secure partnership-based and participatory cooperation?
• What specific question do we want to address during the project work?
• How can we contribute everyday experiences?
• What objectives are we pursuing with our project work?
• What result can we target?
In addition, you should agree where and how you want to organize your project encounter and what format you would like to use to explore the theme. You should consider to what extent historical eyewitnesses, present-day victims or experts can be involved in the project, and how you plan to secure the overall financing of your project.
Further links and literature references regarding thematic project work and methods for anti-discrimination education and intercultural diversity conscious learning under: www.europeans-for-peace.de
If you are not sure whether your idea is a good fit for the call for applications, you are welcome to contact the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE team.
Financing of the project
Q: Can my project be co-funded, e.g. by youth foundations (ConAct, DPJW, etc.)?
A: Yes, no problem. Please let us know in your application if you have received or applied for further funding. Project costs, for example travel expenses, definitely cannot receive double funding.
Q: How can I secure the funding for my project?
A: The following is an overview of various funding possibilities.
Exchange program funded by the EU
The YOUTH in Action program promotes non-school youth exchanges and school exchanges where participants must come from at least two EU countries: www.jugendfuereuropa.de
The Internet platform www.dija.de (provided by IJAB) offers an information database for international youth work.
The ConAct – Coordination Center for German-Israeli Youth Exchange promotes non-school youth encounters between Germany and Israel. Financial support is particularly provided for projects aimed at results in Israel: www.conact-org.de
The German-Polish Youth Foundation provides financial support for German-Polish projects in school and non-school environments: www.dpjw.de
The Coordination Center for German-Czech Youth Exchange – Tandem is the nationwide central competence center for elementary and secondary student exchanges with the Czech Republic. Tandem promotes German-Czech youth exchanges by means of resources from the federal government’s Child and Youth Plan: http://www.tandem-org.de/
The French-German Youth Office (FGYO) is an organization serving to foster French-German cooperation by supporting projects between adolescents from both countries as well as from a third country. The FGYO gives priority to third countries from Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe: http://www.dfjw.org
The German-Russian Exchange Foundation supports school and non-school activities in partnerships between young Germans and Russians: www.stiftung-drja.de
Agora Youth supports the German-Greek youth exchange:
PAD (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst) promotes exchange in the school sector: www.kmk-pad.org or www.kmk-pad.org/programme/schulpartnerschaften-mit-ost-mittelost-und-suedosteuropa-sowie-baltischen-staaten.html or https://www.kmk-pad.org/programme/schulpartnerschaften-der-pasch-initiative.html
The federal government’s Child and Youth Plan: http://www.bmfsfj.de/
The Federal Foreign Office and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions promote international youth exchanges as part of town-twinning schemes for young people aged between 14 and 25: www.rgre.de
Foundations and other organizations
The German-Czech Future Fund systematically supports projects that foster encounters between youth groups and students of the two countries, aiming to provide insights into different living environments, culture and history: www.zukunftsfonds.cz (only in Czech and German)
The Mercator Foundation funds projects promoting youth encounters with Eastern European countries: www.stiftung-mercator.org
Renovabis (initiative of the Catholic Church in Germany): GoEast – Catholic Funding Program for Youth Encounters funds youth encounters between Germany and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe in certain thematic focus areas:
The West-East Encounter Foundation promotes student exchanges and school partnerships with CIS countries and the Baltic countries: www.stiftung-woeb.de
The regional savings banks foundations promote the following, with various priorities for funding: www.sparkassenstiftungen.de
The aim of the Human Campaign (“Aktion Mensch”) is to support people with disabilities, people with social difficulties, children and young people. Every month it supports up to 1,000 projects that contribute to higher social acceptance and stronger social participation for these groups:
The Catholic Fund promotes universal church and development-related education and public relations work within Germany. Church-based and Christian groups, as well as groups committed to the goals and content of universal church and development-related work, are supported in their work by the Catholic Fund: http://www.katholischer-fonds.de/
The Federal Association of German Foundations provides information on regional foundations: http://www.stiftungen.org
The Berlin Youth Democracy Fund supports projects that work to combat racism, antisemitism and right-wing extremism. Local and national programs that promote democracy are included in the support spectrum provided by the Democracy Fund, as are projects with innovative ideas and exciting new approaches. http://www.stark-gemacht.de/de/index.php
Schwab, Gerhard, and Schwab, Sabine (Ed.): The Funding Guidebook, Berlin 2014.
Network Self-Help: Funding for Associations, Self-Organized Projects and Political Initiatives (2014): http://www.netzwerk-selbsthilfe.de/beratung/foerdertopfbroschuere/
Third-party funds can often also be acquired through local and regional companies, foundations, your city/municipality (city hall, mayor, etc.), county/district administration, churches, local rural credit cooperatives and savings banks, lottery foundations, etc. – please check for opportunities in your country/region.
Q: What is “shortfall funding”?
A: The projects will be funded by means of shortfall financing. This means the EVZ Foundation will cover the expenses which the grantee cannot finance with their own or external funds. “Own funds” or other third-party funds are possible in this funding format.
Travel expenses, incidental travel expenses, program costs, fees, costs for summarizing and documenting the results and a flat-rate administration fee are eligible for funding.
Q: Is it possible to apply again after a refusal?
A: It is certainly possible to submit an application for a new project. In the “Information for submitting applications” you will find all the information on the selection procedure and content-related criteria. You are welcome to request our advice on your project application at an early stage.
Q: When will I find out whether my project will be funded or not?
A: Every year in the spring, the applications are compared and assessed, and a number of innovative projects are selected for funding. The Board of Directors of the EVZ Foundation will then make the final decision about funding the recommended projects. You can expect feedback about the final decision regarding funding for your project starting in April.