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Financial Mechanism Office in Brussels announces the launch of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment

Recognising the strong link between social and economic equality and participation in the labour market, the Fund for Youth Employment specifically aims to support transnational projects that promote sustainable and quality youth employment.
The Fund has three principal support areas:
•        innovation and exploration;
•        transfer of know-how and good practice;
•        analysis and research.
€60 million has been set aside for projects under this Fund. The amount of grant assistance applied for within a project may not be less than €1 million, favouring few and large projects.
Organisations from the 15 Beneficiary States of the EEA and Norway Grants, as well as Ireland, Spain and Italy, may apply for funding. Project consortia must consist of organisations from at least two countries, and the lead partner must be established in one of the Beneficiary States. The Fund’s focus on transnational cooperation reflects the view that unemployment among youth is a common European challenge and common European solutions should therefore be explored.
The target groups of the Fund are young people between 15 and 29, with a special focus on the 25-29 year olds. The long-term unemployed, the low-skilled, inactive women caring for children or incapacitated adults, ethnic minorities including Roma, asylum-seekers, people with mental health issues and the disabled are of particular interest to the Fund.
The deadline for project applications is 1 August 2017.
More detailed information about Fund as well as launched Cal lis possible to find at