Call for projects: My Future, Our Society
Point of departure and objective
Just 16% of young adults believe they can rely on the political system to help them solve their problems or achieve their dreams. For the most part, they rely on themselves, their family and a bit of luck. Yet politics loses its meaning if people do not realise that having a good job, a comfortable home, a nice neighbourhood, safe streets and decent healthcare are strongly tied to collective conditions (see: Beyond the Narrative of Decline).
In order to combat this 'political alienation', Foundation P&V's new multi-year project seeks to reintroduce young people and young adults to social engagement and the political system in general, by showing them that through collective action, personal problems can be solved and dreams can be achieved.
We have louched a call to organisations in the broadest sense of the word (non-profits, schools, de facto associations, …) that work with and for young people and are able to coordinate a project that brings young people together who want to willingly start a collective project to find a solution to a problem they are experiencing or to realise a dream within the areas of work, health, neighbourhood, mobility, education, etc.
Our general aim is to make young people and young adults aware that through collective action and starting dialogues with (local) authorities and public institutions, they can solve personal problems or achieve their dreams. We also hope to encourage political institutions to be more responsive to young people's problems and dreams.
The Foundation P&V is organising this call for projects in two phases:
- From 26 May 2016 to 26 October 2016: Duration of the call for projects, which involved brief applications (in which the plan, partners and budget were briefly described without going into detail about the history of the submitting organisation, the annual financial and activity reports, etc.). These brief applications were presented to the review committee (November 2016-January 2017), who chose the +/- 30 projects with the most potential. The representatives (coordinators, partners, young people, etc.) of these 30 projects were invited to a mid-point event in February 2017 where they presented and defended their project and ideas. This allowed them to adjust, improve and/or expand their project proposal after receiving advice from experts or having followed certain workshops at the event.
Using the experience gained at the event and feedback given by experts and other participants, the 30 organisations handed in a more detailed project proposal in March 2017 (the exact deadline will be given later), which was then evaluated by a jury. The jury selected the best projects (April 2017) – which receiveed grants between €10,000 and €50,000 (depending on the budget requested) – with a minimum of one project from each linguistic region. Since some of the projects were completely new and will need to be built from the ground up, we foresee an implementation period of a year and a half for the projects (May 2017-December 2018). The projects will be closely followed and supported by the Foundation and experts when necessary. We also expect to hold at least one meeting in which the representatives of all of the projects that have been selected can meet and get to know each other. We will end our multi-year project with a closing event during which the results and lessons learnt will be presented to a wider audience. The aim is to encourage people to think about the ways that young people can reconnect to politics and how collective action can be revitalised.
The selected projects will commit to attending all the events held by Foundation P&V that are organised as part of this call for projects.
The selection process was carried out by an independent review committee and jury, put together by the Foundation P&V and made up of members of Foundation P&V, representatives of public and private organisations, young people, and experts working with or for young people. During the selection process, the jury considered the following criteria:
1. The application file:
- Must be written in one of the languages of this call for projects (Dutch or French);
- Must be fully completed and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Must be submitted on time (by midnight on 26 October 2016 at the latest).
2. The project submitter:
- The project must be submitted by an organisation in the broadest sense of the word (non-profits, schools, de facto associations) located in Belgium that can prove its existence with official documents. The organisation must also work with and for young people and be able to coordinate a project that brings young people together who want to willingly start a collective project to find a solution to a problem they are experiencing or to realise a dream within the areas of work, health, neighbourhood, mobility, education, etc.;
- The project is being developed in Belgium;
- The project will be realised between May 2017 and December 2018.
Selection criteria (evaluation criteria)
1. Quality of the collaboration and participation of young people:
- The project must be developed with and for young volunteers between the age of 16 and 30;
- The objectives of the project have been decided on with the young people taking part and answer an everyday problem that concerns them or a realistic challenge/dream that motivates them;
- The project includes meetings and dialogues between young people, local or national government and various local, public and private partners involved in the problem/dream.
2. Quality of the project:
- The project deals with a subject that concerns or affects young people in the areas of work, family, health, neighbourhood, mobility, education, etc.;
- The project has a real impact on the daily lives of the young people involved and does not limit itself only to giving recommendations to local policy-makers;
- The project is innovative in nature.
3. Societal value:
- The project contributes to the accessibility of collective action for socially vulnerable young people;
- The project contributes to the improvement of intercultural, intergenerational, political and/or societal dialogue;
- The project could be transferred to other Belgian cities/regions and in other countries in the European Union.
4. Organisation and development of the project:
- The project must consist of a budget of between €10,000 and €50,000, an activity plan and an allocation of tasks for the partners, etc.
- The project leaders intend to evaluate the efficiency and the impact of their project;
- Insofar as possible, the organisation must be able to find public funds or otherwise for the duration of the solution or action proposed by the young people.
Rules and application file
Download the rules and the application file (only available in French or Dutch). The file must be sent to email@example.com. The deadline for submission is 26 October 2016 at midnight.
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