UNHCR: Inviting applications for ‘Youth Initiative Fund’ to support community based protection projects imagined, designed and led by young people.

Funding brief: In 2019, the YIF enters its seventh year. The YIF was initiated by the Division of International Protection in Geneva to support community based protection projects imagined, designed and led by young people. Since 2014, the YIF has supported more than 100 youth led projects globally that have addressed protection challenges including sexual and gender-based violence, peaceful coexistence, child protection and psychosocial wellbeing.

The YIF is unique in that it targets and builds upon the existing capacities and capabilities of young people, rather than focusing on vulnerabilities. The YIF creates an enabling environment that provides young people with the space and support necessary to become active protection actors within their communities and helps them build life skills that strengthen resilience. This is achieved through the realization of three main objectives:
● Participation: Young people have genuine opportunities for community participation and opportunities to effect decision making processes, especially in the area of protection;
● Empowerment: Young people learn about project management, use their initiative, evaluate options, learn to make informed decisions and choices, developing and enhancing leadership skills;
● Innovation: Young people develop innovative, youth-appropriate protection solutions to addressing personal, group and community challenges.

Approaches: Projects should take into consideration the following approaches: ● Community-Based Protection and Capacity Development:
 Young people should be encouraged and supported to imagine, research, design and implement projects based on protection concerns they identify within their communities.
 Projects should be community based, and should incorporate a learning component that helps to further develop young people’s capacities in areas such as life skills, business or community work.
 Capacity development should be sustainable so that acquired skills and knowledge remain in communities after the project.
 Projects may also wish to support young people to develop relationships with host community groups and groups from their own or other communities to promote peaceful coexistence and address discrimination and xenophobia.

● Innovation and Partnerships:
 Initiatives should aim to address identified needs and use the preferred delivery method of the young people, while providing opportunities for young people to further develop their capacities and skills.
 Young people should be supported to use arts, sports and music as vehicles for learning and addressing protection objectives.
 Projects may also seek to provide opportunities for some young people to be trained and work as mentors, trainers, facilitators and young leaders to encourage a multiplier effect.
 Where possible, young people should be supported to identify and partner with a broad cross section of stakeholders within and outside of their community to promote an integrated approach, learning opportunities and sustainability.

Donor Name: UNHCR
Funding name: Youth Initiative Fund

Deadline: The deadline for receipt of proposals is 3rd, December, 2018.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: The maximum funding allocation per project is US$ 10,000; there is no minimum.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Projects should be implemented before 31st, December, 2019.

Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

● Genuine participation of young people in project design, implementation and monitoring of the project is essential – young people should be the guiding force behind the project and lead it from start to finish.
● UNHCR offices and partners should work with young people by:
o providing guidance, advice and skills building opportunities when necessary, making sure to do so in a way that maintains and supports young people’s ownership of the project.

Please remember young people are a diverse group with different needs and interests. Age, Gender and Diversity must be mainstreamed into all proposals, with specific attention paid to the gender dimensions of all projects. Please see attached guidance notes on gender equality and inclusion of young people with disabilities that should be shared with all groups

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● Form: Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: There are 2 forms and one log frame to be completed. The youth group/s should develop the main proposal and a basic log frame, based on the template and guidance provided. The participating office should then complete the online submission form, and attach the forms completed by young people, as well as a photo of the process and any other supporting documents. Countries with multiple operations may submit more than one proposal. Each project proposal submission should contain a complete set of documents – two forms and a log frame – one to be submitted by UNHCR online with the proposal and the log frame to be attached.

1.Please read this call for proposals carefully.
2. Contact the youth and adolescents focal point or appropriate partner/s to discuss.
3. Identify a potential group/groups of young people to participate (existing or new group).
4. Organize participatory meetings with groups of young people to discuss project ideas. Don’t forget to take a photo of the process – you need it for your submission!
5. Young people and UNHCR prepare the project proposal and the log frame on the templates provided and submit through the link.

Please consider the following when developing your proposals:
● Funding allocations should be allocated directly to project activities where possible, rather than capital expenditure unless directly linked to achieving the project objectives.
● Consult the programme team in your location to ensure there is clear understanding of procurement procedures and processes, and how this may affect the timeline of the project.
● Projects that concentrate on a single issue and demonstrate effectively how this will be addressed, whilst building capacity, are more likely to be funded.
● Past YIF project practices and common enabling factors are summarized in the report YIF summary report “On their Own Terms”. Consider the Core Actions for Refugee Youth developed through the Global Refugee Youth Consultations (GRYC).

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