Youth Power SMALL GRANTS ROUND III - ADVOCACY : General Information

 

General Information

Youth Power is a network of 12 organizations, formerly known as the Cyprus Network for Youth Development, aiming to bring together organizations from all over Cyprus that are involved in bi-communal youth activities. Youth Power inspires and energizes young people to create a peaceful, united and sustainable Cyprus. Youth Power’s goal is to support and promote communication, actions and relationships that motivate, empower and engage children and youth to be active citizens.

 

The second round of Youth Power’s USAID and UNDP-ACT funding started in February 2012. The Youth Power Small Grants is the major activity under this second round. Under the terms of this activity, three rounds of Small Grants will be administered and granted to awardees.

 

The third round of the Small Grants will focus on the theme of advocacy. For the purposes of this program, a youth advocacy project is defined as a project prepared by youth, targeting a sociopolitical issue that is of priority to the youth and connecting youth with key policy-makers and the wider public to make an impact on that issue.

 

The message for the small grants program is:  Youth Power – Advocating for Our Future 

 

As part of the Youth Power network, the purpose of the Small Grants program is to support initiatives that empower young people to get involved in making a difference in their school, neighbourhood, city, or region and thereby, ultimately, on their island. In line with Youth Power’s objectives, funding will be provided to youth advocacy projects that: 

• Put the issues concerning youth in the agendas of decision-makers in Cyprus and overseas through campaigning, lobbying and public relations.

• Inspire, empower and energize young Cypriots to work towards achieving their vision of a peaceful, sustainable and multicultural Cyprus.

• Provide a powerful platform for young people to voice their needs and concerns regarding the future of Cyprus.

• Encourage, support and promote communication, activities and relationships that engage, empower and motivate young Cypriots to be active citizens.

• Create intercultural bridges through joint activities, whose aim is to get the youth of Cyprus involved in common issues such as peace-building, the environment and human rights.

• Facilitate relationships and networking between young members belonging to the different communities of Cyprus.

 

Youth Power encourages the involvement of grassroots organizations which can greatly benefit from the Small Grants program. The Youth Power Secretariat will hold information sessions at which interested applicants can learn more about the program. 

 

Priority, in order of importance, will be given to:

  • Projects that effectively apply advocacy tools to address youth-related sociopolitical issues and directly connect the youth to key policy-makers and the wider public
  • Individuals/non-formal groups/NGOs with little or no previous bi-communal experience and with limited funding opportunities
  • In terms of subject matter, projects focusing on trans-communal, contemporary issues and interests that are of priority and relate to the youth of today (ie. employment opportunities) and in terms of outreach, projects that utilize a variety of communications tools, including innovative and new media
  • Partnerships between GC and TC informal groups and/or organizations and/or organizations with a bicommunal structure; in the case of individuals and/or non-formal groups, partnerships with existing organizations are highly desirable.
  • Innovative ideas that do not duplicate past projects and/or can be implemented at the local level to present new perspectives or methodologies (please refer to the UNDP-ACT and Youth for Europe database).
  • Youth activities in areas where the tradition of bi-communal youth activity is not well established
  • Partnerships with other key organizations, such as businesses and local communities (i.e. Corporate Social Responsibility –CSR- programs)
  • Projects with a potential to explore new collaborations that would benefit the sustainability and outreach of Youth Power

 

Proposals need to comply with the following checklist before being scored on the priority areas:

 

• Must fall under the theme of advocacy

• Must be in line with Youth Power objectives and priorities mentioned above and include activities that target the involvement of youth in peace building activities, allow youth to be heard, and allow for youth to be involved in reconciliation.

• Projects must include interactive – people-focused – activities and only use a minimal percentage of funds for technical activities (i.e. website setup)

• Activities should target youth between the ages of 15-35

• The proposed projects should allocate a minum of 10% of their overall budget to communication and outreach material/activities. Youth Power reserves the right to revise and change any communication and outreach material suggested by the grantees.

• The activities proposed under the grant should be completed within a period of 3-4 months, plus 1 month for completion and filing of the reports with Youth Power.

• Applicants should adhere to bi-communal principles and sensitivities, while completing the Small Grant Forms, as well as during the implementation of the activities.

 

For each Small Grants phase, Youth Power will follow a two-step application process:

 

Step 1 Expression of Interest

• Local informational sessions in various cities / towns will be held in, in Greek or Turkish

• Submission of the Expressions of Interest will be accepted in English, Greek or Turkish, with a brief description of the project to be submitted in English only (more details on the application form)

• The deadline for the submission of the Expressions of Interest is Friday 15 February 2013 at 17:00

• Information Days will be held at the Crossroads Caffè (Home for Cooperation, Ledra Palace Buffer Zone, Nicosia) on Monday 21 January and 4 February 2013, 9:00 - 17:00

 

Step 2 Call for Applications

• Only shortlisted candidates from the Expression of Interest will be asked to submit a completed Grant Application Form for their projects

• The Grant Application Form will be accepted in English only

• The final selection of the proposals will be decided by the Small Grants Selection Committee

 

Selection Committee

The selection committee is comprised of the Board Members of the Youth Power Network and a UNDP Representative. At the start of each selection committee meeting, a minimum presence of 3 committee members is required. If the minimum attendance is not met, the committee meeting will be adjourned to meet at a future date.

 

The member organizations that are already part of the Network cannot apply to the Small Grants Program.

 

Each committee member will have an equal vote in the evaluation process. If a committee member has a potential conflict of interest with any application, he/she will disclose such information and be excluded from the evaluation process of the particular application. 

 

In case of dispute with the decisions of the Committee, all communication should be done through the Youth Power Secretariat.

 

Who may apply?

Eligible grant recipients include the following:

• Transcommunal partnerships between informal groups and/or organizations

• Transcommunal, informal youth groups (ad-hoc, non-formal, school groups)

• Youth Organizations (including smaller and/or isolated organizations)

• Individuals who partner with other organizations and/or groups

• Civil Society Organizations based in Cyprus;

 

The Small Grants Program plans to offer grants to approximately 15 projects but Youth Power reserves the right to offer fewer grants.

 

 

The following activities are illustrative of the types of technical work and purchases that cannot be funded under the Youth Power Small Grants Program:

• Activities that constitute a conflict of interest with the representatives of Youth Power.

• Activities that are not directly in support of grant activity implementation, such as renting, furnishing and equipping office facilities, staff salaries for time not spent directly on grant activities, etc. 

 

Funding

 

Youth Power grants may range from €1,000 – €15,000. No single grant will exceed €15,000 in total. Financial disbursements will be done in the Euro (€) currency. Grant applications should be developed in sufficient detail to reflect the complexity and scope of the proposed grant-funded activity/activities. All information submitted with the grant applications must be directly relevant to the proposed activities. All financial reporting requirements will be based on activities that are defined in the grant agreement.

 

For project applications from formal groups that have been approved for funding, there will be 30% upfront disbursement of the funds, with the signing of the grant agreement. The remaining amount will be paid upon presentation of a final financial and progress report upon completion of the project and after approval of the reports by Youth Power. No upfront disbursements will be considered for non-formal groups. Disbursements will be made against submitted original receipts only upon completion of the project, and for items that are in-line with the pre-approved budget items. The disbursements will be made within 15 days of approval of the completed financial reports.

 

Criteria in Greek

Criteria in Turkish

 

The Small Grants Initiative implemented by Youth Power is funded by UNDP-ACT.

 

Please contact us for more information.