Call for Proposals 2016



Foundation Schüler Helfen Leben (SHL)



Application Process

1. SHL is seeking applications for support of educational youth projects activities in the eligible countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia,  Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia). Interested organisations are requested to submit their applications in the prescribed format on



2. The deadline for receipt of short applications is 4 January 2016. Any applications received after this date will not be considered.

3. The following timelines will apply for consideration of applications:

a) Deadline for receipt of short applications - 4 January 2016

b) Review by the selection committee of SHL – 29 January 2016.

c) Notification of successful applicants no later than 5 February 2016: Invitation for long application

d) Deadline for receipt of long applications 19 February 2016

e) Review by the selection committee of SHL – 4 March 2016

f) Notification of successful applicants no later than 11 March 2016

g) Selection of final project on project selection conference 6-8 May 2016

4. The applicants of proposals being placed for consideration of long applications may be required to provide further information, in the formats provided by SHL, for the proposed intervention together with supporting documentation.


Objectives of SHL's project financing

5. SHL supported activities promote the development of formal and informal education of children and youth and contribute to sustainable development e.g. in terms of:

(i) Youth Empowerment:

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

- education of youngsters willing to get active and supporting peer-to-peer education

6. SHL’s aim is to realize the potential of children and youth, activism and empowerment with an emphasis on the benefits of disadvantaged children and youth.

SHL supports implementation of activities that:

(i) are innovative and target new opportunities in education of children and youth.

(ii) are scalable, replicable and financially sustainable.

(iii) have a potential measurable positive socio-economic and environmental impact on the

stakeholders in youth education as compared to the prevailing baseline situation, and

(iv) enhance knowledge generation and information dissemination.


Areas of Support

7. SHL will pay exclusive attention to activities aiming at:

1) the participation and integration of migrants and young refugees in society

2) addressing critical living conditions, such as poverty and lack of perspectives

3) strengthening civil society, with a strong focus on socially, economically and politically minoritized and endangered groups;

Following the principles of SHL special priority will be given to activities integrating decision-making and participation structures of youth.


Partner Institutions

8. SHL partners with local non-governmental organisations that:

• have participatory and decision-making youth structures in their organizational statute and in daily practice

• implement projects conducted by youth

• have a proven track record in the proposed activities,

• have a clear plan focusing on developing and/or diversifying their activities,

• have the technical, managerial and financial capacity to effectively and efficiently implement its activities,

• share SHL‘s values, including vision, mission, internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labour and child protection policies

• can use SHL funding to extend their core activities in ways that create additional opportunities for children and youth


Financing Instruments

9. SHL finance will consist of direct funding.



10. The financial support for any individual intervention would normally be in the range of EUR 100,000 to 150,000. SHL funding is possible up to a maximum of 2 years.

Expected Impact (to be clearly stated in the application)

11. (a) Essential development impact indicators:

(i) Beneficiaries and Incomes, e.g.:

• Beneficiary focus

• Innovation

• Development impact

• Financial sustainability

• Management and implementation strategy

• Cost effectiveness

• Quality of the proposal


Selection Criteria

13. SHL has limited resources and hence each application will be assessed to determine its development impact and effectiveness. The quality of the proposal and not the financial outlay is the overall guiding principle for assessment of suitability of the intervention for support from SHL.

14. The objectives must be achievable within a specified period of time. Past track record of the applicant, including technical, managerial and financial capacity to execute the intervention and reach the targeted goals in stipulated time is an important consideration in selection.

15. SHL will select the best applications based upon the proposed activity that contributes the most towards SHL’s aims and objectives.


Monitoring and Evaluation

17. A suitable monitoring and evaluation system to assess the impact of the SHL supported activities shall be integral part of SHL financing. The baseline data for each activity is to be available or collected to demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of the activities before the activity or cooperation starts. At the completion of the activity an assessment of the outputs and development impact shall be made. In interim and annual reports, results are presented as compared to the planned objectives.


Approval Procedure

18. Proposal must be submitted by completing the prescribed application form.

19. The applications received will be screened internally by SHL staff for their completeness and for meeting the basic criteria as given above.

20. The applications passing the screening process will be subjected to a detailed approval process commencing with an evaluation by SHL selection committee.

21. The applicants of proposals being recommended for long application may be required to provide further information along with supporting documentation, as required by SHL.

22. The selection committee reviews the long application and approves or rejects the proposal. The project coordinator will communicate the decision by the selection committee to the applicants.


Process after Approval by the Selection Committee for the Long Application

23. Once a proposal is approved by the selection committee, the proposals will be presented at the project selection conference where high school students will decide on which project receives funding. At this stage after the approval of the long applications, SHL may engage with the organisation and assist in obtaining desired information to complete the presentation of the proposal which may include visits to the proponents and activity sites.

Engagement of SHL in the process does not guarantee funding by SHL of the proposal since the final decision is taken by students at the project selection conference.

The online application can be accessed via 

Important information

Deadline for receipt of short applications - 4 January 2016


Deadline for receipt of long applications - 19 February 2016


Selection of final project on project selection conference 6-8 May 2016

Online application form: