Commonwealth Youth Council sponsors partnership projects 

In line with its overall mandate and strategic objectives, the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) aims to ensure that young people in their communities from rural areas to urban areas are empowered to become active participants in their societal development and to improve their well-being. As a result, the CYC has allocated certain amount of money to sponsor youth-led organisations to implement some youth development projects in their communities in partnership.
The objective of these sponsorships is to provide space for partnership and support for effective accomplishment of CYC’s expected outcome as stated in its strategic plan.
The CYC supports young people to determine and develop priorities and strategies to fulfil development needs of their communities and countries. Through funding ranging up to £3,000 per project, the CYC supports the demand-driven initiatives of young peoples’ development work by funding small projects that are designed and implemented by young people in the commonwealth countries. The CYC finances projects that improve young peoples’ access to key decision-making processes, empower them to find solutions to the challenges they face and promote collaboration in the public and private spheres.
The grant will give priority to the following areas:
1. Youth and Post 2015 Framework 
2. Education – Fit for Purpose 

3. Generating Quality Youth Employment (entrepreneurship and capacity development)

4. Reconciliation and Social Cohesion (Peace and Security)

5. Professionalisation of Youth Work

Projects on other cross-cutting issues that are targeted at empowering young people are equally welcome
The selection of the successful entries will be monitored by the CYC executives supported by its committee on project and budget. A panel of judges will be set up by the executives to review and make final recommendations on funds awards. It is expected that the CYC may be able to finance around 20 projects in Europe & Africa region, Asia Region, the Pacific region, and the Americas and the Caribbean region.
2015 project proposal submission timeline

Deadline for submission of projects proposals:
Application open: 26th May, 2015
Application closes: 16th June, 2015

Successful applicants announced: 30th June, 2015

Signing of MOU and funds transfer: From 6th July, 2015

*Dates may vary depending on number of proposals received

Implementation of projects will start from July/August 2015.

Please note that, it is highly recommended that your organization meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this funding:

The applicant should be a youth-led organization from a Commonwealth Country. If your organisation is not registered with the CYC yet, you can register here before you submit your application suing this link:

The applicant should be legally registered in a Commonwealth State

The applicant’s should be located in the country of project implementation, which must also be active and registered legally in operation preferably at least two years.

The applicant should have an established bank account in the name of the applicant organization.

The applicant should demonstrate internal controls to govern the use of funds.

Applicant should not be already implementing the project at the time of the fund application.

Upon approval of project proposals, organizations will be requested to produce documentary evidence of the organization’s financial and control capacity to receive and manage funds, under applicable law, and the latest annual audit of the organization’s accounts or any other external or internal assessment of the organization’s internal controls.

The applicant can submit only one proposal to CYC. If an applicant submits more than one proposal, only the first one received will be registered and considered.

Project proposals must be in line with the CYC strategic plan, which can be downloaded at 

this link:

For-profit organisations (e.g. for profit cooperatives) are not eligible for funding.

An Indigenous Peoples’ community or organization may ask a legally registered not-for-profit organization, NGO or a local institution such as a local government (municipality, tribal regional autonomous district etc.), to act as applicant and recipient of the grant on its behalf. In such cases, the relationship between the indigenous or tribal community and the entity submitting an application must be made explicit in the application form. Furthermore, the applicant must indicate the name and address of the representative of the indigenous or tribal community that will benefit from the project. Evidence of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) needs to be enclosed to the application form.
The CYC WILL NOT consider applications from organizations without legal registration, or applications from individuals applying in their personal capacity.
National Youth Councils would be given special considerations.

The CYC WILL NOT consider applications from for-profit organisations, such as for profit cooperative societies etc.
Please note that only projects proposals that clearly/directly benefit young people will be considered eligible for funding.
All applications must directly benefit young people in the commonwealth in an appropriate, sustainable, and gender inclusive manner and address issues central to young peoples’ aspirations.

Proposed project budget requests to the CYC should not exceed £3,000.00 per organisation.

The work plan should indicate how the project would be completed starting immediately from the award date.

Applications are accepted only in English

Applications must include a copy of the certificate of legal registration of the organization under applicable law.

Upon approval of project proposals, organizations will be requested to produce documentary evidence of the organization’s financial and control capacity to receive and manage funds, under applicable law, and the latest annual audit of the organization’s accounts or any other external or internal assessment of the organization’s internal controls.

The complete application must not exceed a total of 15 pages;

Only one application can be submitted by each organization

Evidence of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent by the indigenous peoples’ communities must be attached to the application form IF the applicant is a not-for-profit/non-governmental organizations applying on behalf of the indigenous peoples’ communities.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications must be received by 16th June 2015 at 23:59 hrs. UK time zone.

Budget may be reviewed by the selection committee, it is recommended to submit two versions of quotations (lower and average).


All applications received by the set deadline will be reviewed according to the criteria listed below. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications will be acknowledged within one month of receipt. Once the screening of all applications is finalized and decisions on funds awards made by the Selection Board, CYC will notify the successful applicants by email (using the email address indicated online registration).

The date on which CYC plans to announce the decision following the completion of the award procedure is 30th June, 2015, this date is indicative only, it may vary depending on the number of proposals received.

Decisions on projects to be financed will be made by the panel of judges based on the following criteria:

Young peoples’ development and empowerment

Project relevance: Does the application address the needs of young peoples’ community? Will it make a difference in the community to aid or resolve issues? Can it be replicated elsewhere?

Project feasibility and sustainability: Is the proposed approach practical? Is the timeline realistic and the budget adequate and reasonable? How will results be sustained after project completion?

Institutional capacity: What relevant skills does the organization’s staff bring to the project? Has the organization succeeded in similar endeavours?

Institutional credibility: What kind of credibility does the organization enjoy within its community and beyond?

Balance of grant portfolio: Providing for a balance of the grant portfolio with regard to geographic distribution, gender and issues addressed.

The implementation of the projects financed by CYC will be monitored and supervised directly by CYC’s regional partners or through other possible forms as decided appropriate by the CYC regional partner organizations.


All applications must be sent completed using the following application form:

Applicants should carefully read the above explanations, CYC strategic plan and the Guidelines prior to completing the application form.
Applications and respective documents have to be submitted online. See the application form below:
For any inquiry, send email to
Follow this link to apply:

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