New impetus to promote youth employability and inclusion in Portugal 


New calls for applications were opened in Lisbon this week. 400 portuguese NGO representatives were present to learn more about the second round for proposals, in which 4.5 million euros is made available in 2014.

A recent budget increase by the donor countries (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), and in agreement with the Portuguese government, will benefit  unemployed youth, youth out of school and youth at risk.

The fields of interventions of the Portuguese NGO Programme are:

  1. Participation of NGOs in the implementation of public policy design and instruments at the local, regional and national levels in order to increase the involvement of NGOs in the political and decision-making processes and the implementation of public policies at the local, regional and national levels.
  2. Active role in Human Rights, minorities and anti-discrimination in order to promote issues related to the defence of democratic values, including, namely, human rights, gender violence, intercultural dialogue and the fight against discrimination.
  3. Effectiveness of NGO action in order to strengthen the effectiveness of NGO action, particularly through training, organizational innovation and management and training of leaders, staff and volunteers.
  4. Supporting youth employability and inclusion, for projects directed exclusively or mainly to young people (unemployed youth, youth out of school and youth at risk) under the age of 30 years.

The deadline for the current call for proposals is 12 May 2014. The project size ranges between 27.500-138.500 euros and projects may last for 18 months.

Bilateral grants are available to foster partnerships between NGOs in Portugal and the donor countries.

During the event, representatives from the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and Sveio Municipality were present in order to present the opportunties for cooperation and share good practices.

The Portuguese NGO Programme is managed by the Gulbenkian Foundation.


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