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.

Digital Simulation Game Pimp My Eastern Partnership!

The funding program "MEET UP! Youth for Partnership" of the Foundation "Remembrance Responsibility Future" supports international exchange projects and participation formats for young people. The goal is to intensify relations between young Europeans and to strengthen their commitment to a common Europe.
We want to know from you: How should youth participation look like in the next two years within the exchange program, according to which criteria should money be distributed to projects and how can the program improve?

To find out, on June 22, 2021 from 1 to 6 p.m. and on June 23, 2021 from 1 to 5 p.m. "Pimp My Eastern Partnership!" - a digital simulation game on the topic "MEET UP! Youth for Partnership!" will take place!
The language of implementation is English.
We would like to invite you to be part of it!
The game is organized by Politik zum Anfassen e.V., an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization that encourages young people to learn about democracy.


Who can participate?
You are between 14 and 35 years old and come from Germany, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine? Then we are looking for you!  No previous knowledge about the foundation and the support program is necessary. Your expertise is the knowledge about your living environment.

What happens?
The simulation game takes place on two consecutive days via zoom.
At the beginning of the first day there will be a playful introduction to the work of the foundation and the funding program. Afterwards, you and the other participants will work in three thematic teams to develop your own ideas for the program.
The ideas are then put into application form and discussed and voted on in committee meetings and a fictitious advisory board meeting on the second day.

What remains?
You leave behind ideas that will be used to shape the program, receive a certificate of participation, learn a lot, make contacts across Europe and in the foundation world!
You will also become part of the MEET UP! network and be able to get involved in the program in the future.
We are planning a lot of cool things and are looking forward to your ideas. Help plan a youth camp at the Black Sea or participate in a jury - your ideas are needed to make our offers for you even better...

Take part
Become part of this project, write who you are and why you want to be part of it. Participation is free of charge.
We are looking forward to you!
Here you can apply
Application deadline is May 25, 2021.

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

Information about further projects can be downloaded here as a PDF-file.

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.



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

Kateryna Churikova
Senior Project Manager
Tel.:+49 (0)30 25 92 97-23

Artem Iovenko
Senior Project Manager
Tel.:+49 (0)30 25 92 97-31

Merle Schmidt
Senior Project Manager
Tel.: +49 (0)30 25 92 97-34