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 youth encounters and job shadowing

1. What will be funded?

Binational and multinational projects for young people aged 14 to 35 from Germany, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine will be funded.

The main focus of the international digital, hybrid or real analog youth encounters is working together on one of the following topics: Culture of remembrance, Youth participation or UN sustainable development goals. 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, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova 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, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, 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.)


5. What are analog, digital and hybrid encounters?

The youth encounters may take place in digital, hybrid or analog form. A combination of these formats is also possible.

Digital: The encounters take place digitally. Funds may be requested for the digital exchange, publicity initiatives and also products. The digital encounters are to take place on at least six days for four hours per encounter.
Hybrid: The partner organizations may conduct encounters and implement projects sharing a common theme. They can carry out the projects at the local level – that is, in their own country – and then interface with partners in the digital space. Funds may be requested for the digital exchange and interface, publicity initiatives and also products. Hybrid encounters are to be held on at least seven days (four digital days for four hours per encounter in addition to three full days locally in the partner countries). Arrival and departure days count as half days.
Analog: Youth group encounters may take place in Germany and/or Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Meetings should be scheduled over a period of at least five and no more than 10 days per encounter (arrival and departure days count as half days).


6. What is job shadowing?

In addition to funding for binational/multinational youth encounters, project executing agencies can apply for job shadowing — to take place in 2022 – 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.

Qualification and networking opportunities on September 9 and 30, 2021

© Hanna Hrabarska

MEET UP! The Digital Connect and Exchange Fair
Thursday, September 9, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CET)

For the representatives of NGOs, universities, schools and for everyone interested from the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Germany.

A fair in digital format? Is that at all possible? A resounding YES is the affirmative response of the MEET UP! Youth for Partnership team, and we cordially invite you to participate in the Digital Connect and Exchange Fair! We have developed an interactive platform with qualification and networking opportunities not only for those of you with extensive experience in organizing international youth encounters but also for any and all newcomers seeking to become active – an interactive platform to help you gain extensive professional expertise in the fields of youth work and the organization of qualitative international youth encounters while also expanding your network and finding partner organizations for joint projects. (Re)present your organization in addition to exchanging best practices with others, gaining new ideas and input for your work and networking with other project sponsors! We look forward to registration requests from Germany, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine and say a big Thank you Շնորհակալություն, Çox sağ ol, Дзякуй, მადლობა, Mulțumesc, Дякуємо for participating!
Register here until September 6, 2021


MEET UP! The digital Lab of Ideas
Thursday, September 30, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CET)

For the representatives of NGOs, universities, schools and for everyone interested from the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Germany
We invite you to join us on the last day of September for an idea workshop that is teeming with professional expertise, interactive participation opportunities, group activities and a full panoply of ideas. Does it pique your interest to hear inspiring speakers on exciting and thought-provoking topics such as culture of remembrance, climate protection, youth participation, democracy and human rights? Are you keen on developing project ideas for these topics and bringing other organizations on board for joint project work? If so, then this event is the place for you! And that’s not all: In the upcoming round of calls for applications, you can apply to us for funding for project ideas of yours that are developed in the idea lab. We will let you in on how this works in greater detail on September 30. Whether you are highly experienced or just getting started, be sure to take advantage of this unique qualification and networking opportunity! We look forward to your registration!
Register here until September 29, 2021

Youth participation

Young people are at the heart of the MEET UP! Youth for Partnership funding program. We are designing and developing this program not only for young people but with young people. That is why we involve them in all aspects and areas of the program – whether being involved with EVZ Young social media, planning and implementing events or even developing calls for applications. Young people have the opportunity to contribute their ideas, become involved and take advantage of the qualification and networking opportunities.
Keep your eyes peeled for additional information, as well as the latest calls for applications and reports, which we will be publishing both here and on our EVZ Young social media channel very soon.

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.