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Social Innovators represent the link between young people and the NGO sector. In many European countries, young university graduates face difficulties in finding suitable and quality employment. On the other hand, the non-governmental sector, which is a driver of social change in our society, is facing low employability. By connecting the two, we all stand to gain.

Social Innovators

In the non-governmental sector, young people will gain work experience and get involved in initiatives and programs that address current societal challenges in Europe. As a result, they will also gain knowledge and opportunities to create jobs for themselves in the social sector in which their knowledge is crucial for further development. In this way, the non-governmental sector will gain people that will enable it to continue to carry out its mission of making the world a better place.

Social Innovators

The Social Innovators project benefits from a 1.110.831,78 € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway from the €60 million EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.

The Fund supports transnational project initiatives that promote sustainable and quality youth employment in Europe. The focus on transnational cooperation reflects the view that unemployment among youth is a common European challenge and common European solutions should therefore be explored.

The fund seeks to complement existing EU funding on youth employment initiatives, e.g. the long-term unemployed in the age group 25-29.


The selected projects aim to:

  • Make it easier for 25 000 young people to find a job
  • Create 3500 jobs in NGOs and social enterprises
  • Help 1800 young people start up their own business

More information is avaiable here: https://eeagrants.org/youthemployment

The fund operator of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment is Ecorys Polska and JCP Srl Italy.