The Youth Solidarity Fund (YSF) supports youth-led organizations that foster peaceful and inclusive societies. Initial funding is granted to projects, for and for young people, that demonstrate innovative and effective approaches to intercultural or interreligious dialogue. Established in 2008, the Fund responded to calls for action by organizations led by young people around the world on the importance of establishing financing mechanisms for young people. Today, the Fund is more relevant than ever: as the global agenda increasingly speaks of youth participation and contribution to peace, development and security, it is essential to support this participation and contribution through opportunities for financing and partnership
The funded projects are led by young people and focused on young people (18-35 years old) but have an impact on entire communities, often involving religious or political leaders, policy makers, educational institutions and media organizations. The Fund also links local and small-scale work with larger movements for social and global change, for a wider and deeper impact.
Since 2008, UNAOC has launched seven editions of YSF and has provided funding to youth-led organizations based in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. At the end of 2018, a total of 63 projects were financed that reached 94,055 direct beneficiaries in 39 countries. In total, more than 1.7 million direct and indirect beneficiaries have been affected in the last ten years.
YSF-funded projects are aimed at young people from diverse backgrounds: students, marginalized youth, minorities, youth in rural or urban areas, youth in conflict or post-conflict situations, artists and activists.
Deadline is August 30, 2019