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Global Youth Empowerment Fund


Deadline: 13th April 2018


Applications for the Global Youth Empowerment Fund 2018 is now open. The fund is an intuitive to empower young people around the world to impact their communities by investing in grassroots, community projects. The fund offers grants, financing, and training to youth-led projects and social enterprises that advance the Global Goals for Sustainable Development in local communities around the world.


  • Be run by one of the following:

 1. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofit private bodies whose activities contribute to the promotion of sustainable development and youth leadership; Examples include: JCI Local Organization, SDG Action Campaign partners, youth-run registered nonprofit

 2. Public bodies with specific responsibility for the promotion of youth engagement in advancing the Global Goals for Sustainable Development;

  • Be created and led by youth between the ages of 18 to 40.
  • Demonstrate community impact and project planning criteria in line with the JCI Active Citizen Framework. The JCI Active Citizen Framework is a planning mechanism for community-based organizations to identify their community’s greatest needs and align their projects to the global development agenda creating global impact.
  • Adhere to the goals of JCI and SDG Action Campaign in developing grassroots projects that advance at least one of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development through the JCI Active Citizen Framework.
  • Include like-minded community partners who agree to support the applicant’s project. Types of partnership can include financial support, in-kind support or marketing and communications support.
  • Include plans for organization’s own support of the project, including both financial (e.g. fundraising or sponsorship acquisition) and non-financial (e.g. volunteer hours or in-kind sponsorship) support. The applicant organization is expected to supply at least 50% of the value of the requested funding in their own support.
  • Have mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation and follow-up after funding has been dispersed. All funded projects must submit the required project updates and final reports.


Nationals of the following MENA countries are eligible to apply: Bahrain, Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Gaza, West Bank, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.


The funds will offer full grants to cover winning projects.

Application Process