Funding program

MEET UP! Youth for Partnership

MEET UP! Youth for Partnership funds international exchange projects and participation formats for young people and training activities leading to qualifications for professionals from Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, and Germany. The objective is to intensify the relationships between young Europeans and strengthen their commitment for a united Europe. In 2022 and 2023, we will also be inviting young people and organizations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the Republic of Moldova to participate in our offerings. More information to follow here.

Funding digital and hybrid youth encounters and job shadowing

1. What will be funded?

Binational and multinational encounters for young people aged 14 to 35 from Germany, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine will be funded. Employees of partner organizations will be given the opportunity to participate in a job shadowing program.

2. Who can submit project applications? 

Applications can be submitted by institutions and by associations with legal capacity involved in in-school and extracurricular education from Germany, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine (e.g. youth education facilities, youth centers, schools, universities, memorial sites, historic places of learning, museums, clubs, cultural institutions, and other civic stakeholders).

3. Who can participate in projects?

Young people aged 14 to 35 from Germany, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine can participate in these youth encounters. Job shadowing is open to all professionals at the applying institution and their current and future project partners.

4. What cannot be funded?

• International youth encounters without German partners • Projects where the participants only come from one country

• Projects that have already begun

• Encounters that do not involve any project work (such as visiting programs or lectures attended in person, conferences, aid transports, humanitarian aid etc.)

• Analog youth encounters


5. What are digital and hybrid encounters?

• Digital: The encounter takes place digitally. Applications can be submitted for resources for digital exchange, publicity measures, and products. The digital encounters should take place on at least six days for four hours each.

• Hybrid: The partner organizations can carry out encounters and projects on a common theme. They can carry out the projects locally – in their own country – and then discuss them in the digital space with their partners. Applications can be submitted for local national projects, digital exchange, as well as publicity measures and products. The hybrid encounters should take place on at least seven days (four digital encounters for four hours each and three full days on site in the partner countries). Arrival and departure dates will be covered as half-days. Diverse formats such as tandem and small group work between the project days are welcomed. An encounter can take place as a single session or over a longer period of time. Applications can be submitted for several encounters per project.


6. What is job shadowing?

In addition to funding for binational/multinational youth encounters, project executing agencies can apply for job shadowing at their partner organization or a new organization with whom they plan to collaborate. Job shadowing involves sending employees to a partner organization for one to three weeks to learn about the work processes, projects, and methods of the partner organization, with the objective of exchanging best practice, strengthening the partnership, and providing qualifications for employees. Applications can be submitted for travel, accommodation, catering, and maintenance costs. Applications can be submitted for up to EUR 3,000 for one person per organization.

Selected digital and hybrid projects

In 2020, most international exchange projects had to be adapted to new, digital working methods. The following examples show how these projects are designed and what they are capable of achieving.

Бах єднає! Bach verbindet! (Bach connects!)

Бах єднає! Bach verbindet! (Bach connects!)

A project organized by OPEN OPERA UKRAINE & HMDK Stuttgart. This German/Ukrainian project was a bona fide musical experiment. Despite border closures, German and Ukrainian students and musicians succeeded in meeting each other and trying out new forms of musical collaboration and online coaching. But first and foremost, they played Baroque music composed by Bach, with the high point coming in a concert that was broadcast live around the world: Watch video of the concert recording (© Yevhenii Maliarevskyi)
Cherson & Magdeburg: overcoming urban challenges

Cherson & Magdeburg: overcoming urban challenges

Could the cities of Cherson and Magdeburg gain a better understanding of each other and come closer together? Despite the pandemic? How would it work? Young German and Ukrainian TV journalists found out by taking an up-close look at the two cities, both of which have been shaped to a significant extent by socialism and their industrial past and are now in a state of transition. The journalists created a TV series on aspects relating to city development. They presented their cities and motivated young people to inject new life into open spaces with contemporary offers. To view the programs

Funding for German-Ukrainian culture projects

«CULTURE FOR CHANGES»: A Funding Program of the Ukrainian Ciltural Foundation and EVZ Foundation

The aim of the “Culture for Changes” joint funding programme is to strengthen German-Ukrainian cooperation and work together to find answers to the challenges of the modern world. Find out more about the funding programme and call for application 2021 here (in German).


In the first round of the joint funding programme “Culture for Changes”, announced in 2019, 57 applications for funding of German-Ukrainian cultural projects were submitted. In 2020 partnerships were supported that implement their projects digitally.

Program Partners

Merkuri is a Georgian non-governmental organization based in Zugdidi and has been organizing youth exchange projects since 2012. To the Merkuri homepage

The Ukrainian Cultural Foundation was founded in 2017 to support the development of art and culture in Ukraine. To the homepage of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation

Funding Agencies

The “MEET Up! Youth for Partnership” funding program is to be financed with resources from the German Foreign Office and the EVZ Foundation from 2021 to 2023.

Call for applications

Deadline: 02.05.2021

Call for applications (PDF)
Cost and financing plan (Excel)
Application form (PDF)



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Evelyn Scheer
Meet up! Youth for partnership
Tel.:+49 (0)30 25 92 97-36

Kateryna Churikova
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Artem Iovenko
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Merle Schmidt
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