Call for Proposals 2014


The first selection round of Schüler helfen Leben Call for Proposals 2014 has passed. Thank you for the numerous applications we received.

The short-listed applicants have been invited to submit their long application until February 14th, 2014.

All other applicant organizations have received a notification via email today.

Please bear in mind that no feedback will be provided on the denied applications.


The German foundation Schüler Helfen Leben (SHL) invites non-governmental organizations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to apply for project funding. The general funding purpose is to strengthen the social development of children and youth in the target countries with a particular emphasis on supporting democratic educational work and social integration. The ultimate aim is to strengthen civil societies, in which young people take on responsibility and participate.

Purpose of Funding

We are looking for problem-sensitive, strategic-oriented, sustainable and innovative projects that are capable of creating a difference in the focus areas described below such as migration, inclusion, regional cooperation and youth empowerment.


1. Migration and work with refugees, IDPs, returnees, transit migrants and asylum seekers

The region South East Europe still faces various challenges and problems in the context of migration and immigration, may it either be refugees, IDPs, returnees, asylum seekers/ transit migrants or the phenomenon of brain drain. In all these areas children and in particular youngsters are negatively affected. Societies are often not responsive to the problems and needs of young refugees, IDPs, returnees and asylum seekers. Therefore, SHL encourages NGOs to apply for funding with projects that deal for instance with the following topics:

  • support of the social and economic integration of IDPs and returnees
  • psycho-social support/ social work/ education for IDPs, returnees, transit migrants or asylum seekers
  • awareness raising/ campaigns regarding land flight, brain drain or the like


2. Social and economic inclusion of ethnic, social or sexual minorities

The social and economic inclusion of ethnic, social or sexual minorities remains a major challenge in the countries of South East Europe. Members of those minorities often find themselves marginalized in the education or economic system or in society at large. In the framework of this focus area we would like to encourage NGOs to hand in project ideas that help to overcome marginalization of minorities with sustainable and innovative ideas. We are looking for projects:

  • creating sustainable economic and social perspectives for marginalized young people
  • that provide innovative social services that are not offered/supported by state agencies or other civil society organization
  • raising awareness/ promote societal integration of minorities especially in rural areas


3. Promotion of regional cooperation of youth initiatives

The promotion of cross-border cooperation among youth initiatives is still of particular importance in the region. In this context we are looking for projects which facilitate processes of dealing with contemporary history, overcoming stereotypes, e.g.:

  • establish, support and maintain regular cooperation between project participants from different countries in the region
  • build sustainable institutional capacities for long-term cooperation


4. Promotion of youth empowerment

In all of the focus areas described above the involvement or promotion of empowerment of young people is of crucial importance. We are deeply convinced that a functioning civil society is based on social and political activism of young people. Hence, we are interested in project proposals planning sustainable and creative approaches towards youth empowerment in the region, such as

  • creation of structures and opportunities for activism and volunteerism
  • capacity-building for organizations promoting youth empowerment



SHL invites organizations to submit project proposals that can be implemented within 24 months, starting no later than September 1st, 2014. Eligible projects have reasonable budgets ranging from 125.000 EUR to 175.000 EUR.

Eligible organizations are characterized by a high degree of professional working experience with youth in one of the focus areas. Throughout the application process this has to be proven by relevant project references and other supporting documents that show the professional capacities of the applicant (i.e. financial statements, strategies, articles of the association, external evaluations). Further essential requirements include strong links to local partners, stakeholders, networks and beneficiaries relevant to a successful implementation of the project.

Selection process

The project selection process is highly competitive and includes three stages in total. The first stage comprises the evaluation of the short project proposal. This evaluation will be conducted by a commission composed of various SHL representatives. In the second stage, organizations that pass the first round will be invited to hand in a detailed project proposal. This again will be evaluated by the same commission. For each focus area (see above) the final projects will be selected and presented to school students who provide the funds through conducting the Social Day ( They will take the final decision on which project will be funded.

The first deadline for short project proposals is December 17th, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications must be written in German or English and can only be submitted online through the application form which is available at

Applicants are strongly advised to consult the Funding Guidelines on our website for further information on eligibility and further information on the application process!


Between December, 2nd and December 5th, 2013 there will be the possibility of a consultation of maximum 20 minutes with a representative of the SHL office in Berlin via telephone, Skype or Google Talk. If you require consultation please inform us until November, 25th 2013 via email. If you prefer to send us a written enquiry, please contact our project coordinator Ms Judith Schulte by email (projekte@schueler-helfen-leben). Written enquiries will be accepted until December 9th, 2013 and answered within two working days.

Organization Schüler Helfen Leben

SHL is a non-profit non-governmental organization which contributes to the social development of children and young people through youth projects. It supports the process of building democratic civil societies in South East Europe. From our perspective the participation of children and youth is essential in a sustainable process of designing and implementing projects. So far, we have contributed more than 20 million Euros in funding to the region and have been involved in more than a hundred projects in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. More information on Schüler Helfen Leben.

Source of funding

SHL has organized Social Days regularly since 1998. The idea is simple: for one day school students do not attend school but work and donate their income to SHL. The commitment of young people is not limited to this one day. They are also directly involved in the final selection of those youth projects which will be supported. Further information is available at

Please contact Ms Judith Schulte for further queries at

Important Dates and Deadlines

December 17th, 2014: Deadline short applications

January 10th , 2014: Evaluation of short project proposals

January 27th , 2014: Short-listed applicants will be invited to hand in a detailed project proposal

February 14th , 2014: Deadline for detailed project proposals for short-listed applicants

March 14th , 2014: Evaluation of detailed project proposals

May 23rd – 25th, 2014: Project Selection Conference

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