Youth Initiatives Programme
The Programme was launched in 2008 by the Cyprus Youth Board with the aim to provide funding to young people and youth organisations for the implementation of their activities, including cultural activities. Among other objectives, it provides incentives to promote youth mobility and active participation in the cultural, political and social life in Cyprus and abroad. Its main aim is to encourage informal and non-formal learning and to enhance active citizenship through volunteerism. The program is annually revised in order to meet more effectively the needs of young people, including diaspora communities. It encourages the implementation of activities related to innovation and creativity, it promotes training in the use of new technologies and digital media and supports young people for publishing literary works, promoting concerts and implementing cultural activities in general. It is worth mentioning that the program includes in its objectives the promotion of social coherence and gender equality, respect for human rights, combating discrimination and promotes the the implementation of activities by stakeholders working with young people belonging to disadvantaged groups (such as schools in Zones of Educational Priority, Special Needs Schools, stakeholders working for the prevention and rehabilitation of addictions).
The programme provides incentives to promote youth mobility and active participation in the cultural, political and social life of Cyprus and abroad. Its main aim is to encourage the use of informal and non-formal learning and to enhance active citizenship through volunteerism. In order to maximize young people’s potential to apply for support, within a year there are five application deadlines.
It is expected that youth empowerment will be achieved through cultural activities which will provide young people with a broad set of skills (social, cultural etc).
€1.252.975 (2013), €1.054.384 (2014), €1.015.215 (2015), €973.804 (2016).
*the above mentioned amounts include both the budget for the implementation of the Youth Initiatives Programme and for other activities implemented by the Cyprus Youth Board