Please note that the current call for applications has been extended to the 30 April.
During recent years youth involvement has gained momentum in Baltic Sea Region cooperation. Within the CBSS and other regional political formats, substantial political input to policy-making has been contributed by young people. CBSS strongly believes, that the inclusion of young people’s opinions in today’s policy making will strengthen and secure the process of region-building, fostering and stabilizing cooperation and inter-generational solidarity in the future; it will contribute to the long-term stability of the Baltic Sea Region and improve finding synergies between the countries.
Therefore, the PSF call in 2020 is dedicated to the support of projects that have been developed BY or FOR young people in the Baltic Sea Region. Project applicants can be youth organisations, organisations working or planning to work with young people, educational institutions or the like. The target group to be addressed should range from 15 to 30 years of age – from high school students to young professionals. Project applications may address all three long-term Priorities of the CBSS if they involve young people, address their needs or take up on their ideas.
Projects shall aim to strengthen children and young people’s capacity in advocacy towards Baltic Sea Region policy-making in general and foster recognition of and dialogue on the Baltic Sea Region’s history, cultural heritage and future. Projects shall also address further enhancement of young people’s influence and participation in regional cultural activities unlocking and sharing their creative potential. Furthermore, projects shall address educational cooperation, sharing best-practice and empowering future region-builders.
Sustainable & Prosperous Region
Projects shall aim towards youth involvement in the areas which contribute to the region’s welfare, prosperity and sustainability corresponding to the three pillars of sustainability – social, economic and environmental. The projects shall facilitate academic mobility among young researchers, contributing to competence development on sustainable economy, including maritime and climate related topics and support youth employment. The projects shall possess integrated approach, fostering potential of cultural heritage as resource for sustainable growth, social inclusion, circular economy and climate issues.
Safe & Secure Region
Projects shall aim to strengthen young people’s capacity to contribute to building safe, secure and resilient societies. These projects can encompass training in fire and rescue, training or education on how to prepare for, or act in, an emergency or a crisis, raising awareness of societal security, strengthening the abilities for safe everyday behavior or increasing the individual’s awareness of safety issues. Especially important are contributions aiming to deliver benefits both for societies as indirect beneficiaries of the project, and for the individuals who are the direct beneficiaries.
Projects addressing the long-term Priority Safe and Secure Region shall also build the resilience of the community to address such complex challenges as the risks of violence, abuse and exploitation faced by youth and young adults. Young people are one of the main risk groups exposed to human trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region. Initiatives to involve young people, future professionals in prevention of human trafficking and awareness raising about this crime are welcomed.
To qualify for funding, projects must also reflect dimensions of sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Projects supported should provide space for both professionals as well as ordinary citizens to get involved and make their voices heard. Respect for the inviolability of human dignity regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability is required and every project should take gender mainstreaming into consideration.