Youth + Democracy Fund


For many years, the Swiss Democracy Foundation has supported projects and organisations working to protect and develop democracy worldwide. With the new "Youth + Democracy" fund, the Foundation is increasingly focusing on Switzerland and the younger generation: With this fund, the Foundation is prioritising the promotion of democracy education, the culture of democratic debate and the support of young initiatives in the field of democracy promotion.

In 2021, the Swiss Democracy Foundation received an initial and earmarked allocation of CHF 100,000 to create the "Youth + Democracy" fund.

The Board believes that empowering and supporting young people and young adults to participate in politics is an important and promising element for the future.

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

The Fund's resources are intended to support organisations and projects primarily run by young people up to the age of 30. They must meet the objectives and criteria of the Youth + Democracy Fund and be close to the Foundation's multiannual programme.

The objectives and criteria for potential beneficiaries are the promotion of democracy, the participation of youth and young adults in public life and politics, the commitment to an open Switzerland in the sense of a liberal society that is open to the world, and the commitment to a policy that avoids polarisation and works towards broad-based socio-political compromises.

Grants from the Youth + Democracy Fund are awarded by a committee of three members of the Board. The Board can also decide on further allocations from the fund. It seeks to encourage third parties to make contributions to the fund.

An overview of all projects and organisations that have received support from the Fund can be found here (in german).

GUIDELINES FOR THE YOUTH + DEMOCRACY FUND (in german)

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

 

FUNDING REPORTS

Eight applications to the Youth + Democracy Fund were approved in 2021 and 2022. The financial support to these projects and organisations will reach 1,950 young people directly and 69,5000 indirectly.

FUNDING REPORT YOUTH + DEMOCRACY 2021-22 (IN GERMAN)

OVERVIEW OF SUPPORTED PROJECTS AND ORGANISATIONS

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT OUR WORK? THANK YOU VERY MUCH! WE RELY ON YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT AND COMMITMENT.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?

  1. Please read our guidelines for the Youth and Democracy Fund (in german) carefully. They will help you to assess whether the Swiss Democracy Foundation can support your project or organisation.
  2. If you are unsure whether an application makes sense, you can contact us by e-mail and ask your questions or make an appointment for a phone call.
  3. Prepare your project dossier for the application.
  4. Submit your project dossier via our online application form (in german).

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING YOUR IDEA!

 

Links

Guidelines Fonds Youth + Democracy (in german)

online application form (in german)

Overview of supported projects and organisations

funding report youth + democracy 2021-22 (in german)

PRESS RELEASE FEBRUAR 2021 (IN GERMAN)

 

CONTACT

Stefanie Bosshard
Managing Director
E-Mail