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The Youth Fund: COVID-19 Action

Updated on Aug 11, 2020 1995 views
The Youth Fund: COVID-19 Action

About The Youth Fund:

COVID-19 Action (TYF) is a new fund to support youth action around the world, where the decisions on which projects are funded, are made by the youth. The fund is supported by the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, ActionAid and Restless Development in collaboration with UNFPA.
This first call for applications will focus on supporting actions taken by registered youth-led organisations to tackle the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action's Youth Compact Champions programme.
Kindly go through this information thoroughly before submitting your application or emailing our team with your questions. Applications in Spanish, French and Arabic are available. Application Deadline: Sunday, 16th August 2020. Time: 23:59:59 GMT.
Country: Your project must take place in one or more of the following countries where the The Youth Fund partners are present: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, USA, Afghanistan,
Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Denmark, Greece, Italy, United Kingdom, Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Yemen. Youth-led organisation: You must be a registered youth-led organisation (young leaders aged approximately 18-35). Your registration can be with your relevant local authority or government ministry. Funding will not be provided to individuals.
Existing COVID-19 project: Your COVID-19 project must be an ongoing initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and operating in accordance with WHO’s guidance. This funding will not support new projects.
Timeline: The project activities must not exceed 2 months. All activities must be completed by 31st November 2020 upon receipt of funds.
Budget: The maximum funding that will be provided for each project will be US$ 5,000.
However, we will review applications of all amounts up to US$ 5,000 in an effort to support as many organisations as possible for maximum impact, while still ensuring quality of support provided by The Youth Fund team during the implementation and reporting phase.
Target groups: We will prioritise projects which will use the funds to support groups and communities particularly vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19 including but not limited to displaced or conflict affected people, women, youth, persons living with disabilities, older people, LGBTI+ community, marginalised ethnic or religious communities, communities impact by climate change, young people living with or affected by HIV/Aids.
Target locations: Preference will be given to projects taking place in harder to reach locations where support to tackle the impact of COVID-19 is less available.
Collaboration: Preference will be given to projects which demonstrate collaboration with other partners (local authorities, government ministries, civil society, the media) tackling COVID
Impact: Preference will be given to projects that impact at least 300 people directly. Financial management: We will prioritize organisations who can provide financial reports for their organisation's previous projects.
Organisation Bank Account: All organisations submitting an application must have a bank account that is in the name of the organisation submitting the application and requesting the funds. Funds cannot be transferred to a bank account in an individual’s name. Funds can only be transferred via an international bank transfer and not via any other means such as Western Union, mobile cash transfer, cheque, cash payment ect.
Application Process
1. Fill and submit the form by the deadline:
This includes a request to submit the following information under the “Supporting Documents” section:
Documentation to verify the legal status of your organisation
Governance Document: You should provide us with information on your
organisation, objectives, leadership/governance structure
Policy and Strategy Documents: If available, sets out the organisation's commitments and regulations which the organisation follows and it’s strategic vision. For example, Anti-Corruption and Fraud policy, Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation or a 3 years strategic plan.

Project Plan: Sets out the background, objective, operations, the methodology and activity plan of your COVID-19 project.
Budget - You should have a clear plan of how you would use our funds to support your project
Financial Report: Your latest latest financial report which was submitted to your government, or the authority you are registered with, as part of your annual reporting process. If this is not available please submit an equivalent financial report showing your most recent income and expenditure.
Contact details for at least 1 reference
Images/Video Link which highlights your organisation’s project impact to date Organisational bank details
Only 1 application per registered organisation will be considered. Once your application is submitted, you will receive an automated confirmation with a copy of your response.
You will not be able to re-edit your submission after this.
Please make sure all your contact details are filled in accurately.
Shortlisting of Applications: After the submission deadline, The Youth Fund Team will undertake a careful and detailed review of all applications to ensure that we fund the most impactful projects. We will shortlist applicants taking into consideration all analysis and due diligence processes. References will be contacted at this stage for further information. Please make sure to regularly check your email inbox and junk folder to avoid late responses.
Application Results: After application reviews, the team will reach out to all successful applicants. In the event that you do not receive this email, your application was not successful.
Once funding is received, we will publish the projects of all recipients on our website and social media platforms, using the information submitted during the application process.
Monitoring and Evaluation: All funds recipients will undergo a monitoring and evaluation process according to the standard of Restless Development and partners. Information gathered during this period will be used for our key learnings at the end of the programme.

Support provided by The Youth Fund Team
Proposal development: Shortlisted applicants will be supported to finalise their project design and planning documentation where necessary. We will not be able to offer support to applicants during the initial application process which closes on Sunday 16th August 2020 at 23:59:59 GMT.
Funding: Successful applicants will receive funding for the project up to a maximum of US$5,000.
Implementation & Reporting Mentoring: As the funds are being used for the project, recipients will provide regular project reports, with facilitation and mentorship from the The Youth Fund team.
Application Feedback: Due to the high number of anticipated applications, we will be unable to provide feedback on individual applications. However, we will aim to provide analysis of the selection process, trends of why applications were not selected, and why the final applicants were selected.
Learning: We will also aim to share learning on the overall youth-participatory grantmaking process as well as learning from the project supported, with all applicants.
We will also aim to identify methods to alert all applicants, those funded and those not, to other funding, learning, advocacy and capacity strengthening opportunities.
Media: We will publish the ongoing projects of the fund recipients as it’s important and worthy of media attention. Publicity will also help keep stakeholders updated with the various projects being supported through this programme.
Decisions on funding allocation will be made by young people involved in the Youth Compact Champions programme, with support from the programme's partners
Decision makers:

  • Young people involved in the decision making of the funding will NOT be eligible for funding.
  • You do not need to send a follow-up email, your application will be processed in due course
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered
  • Providing incorrect information may result in disqualification and/or legal action

All successful applicants will be notified of their application outcome by 10th September 2020.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact us at

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