Unveiling the Youth in Action Secrets
Since the competition concerning YiA grants is increasing and receiving money for a project is getting more and more difficult, many ask the significant question: Is there a way to improve chances of winning in this race? Just like looking for a systemical approach in the national lotteries! Of course such system does not exist and the best way is just to have a great idea and write very good project with the suitable partners. However, some tips based on serious data might be useful for creating a long-term strategy in your organisation that concern when to apply for what. Such good data can be found in the statistics guide for the YFJ concerning 2011 grants given by the Excetutive Agency in Brussels in 2011, (please see the attachment) by reading which a lot of information can be derived.
Overall, the amount of money spent for grants was similiar in all 3 deadlines and totalled at around 3 millions for each deadline, with the slightly biggest number in the second one. In the second round there was also the biggest amount of applications accepted, coming to 46%, a percentage which is twice as much than the total of the first round which came to a mere 21,41%. Also, during the second deadline, the competition was the least with only 262 applications submitted compared to the total of 369 received in the first and 268 in third round.
One of the most interesting facts is that the smallest amount of applications comes for actions 1,3 (22 applications through the whole year) and 5,1 (only 9 applications). For 1,3 only 3 aplication were approved for the whole year, while for action 5,1 the number dropped to 4. By analyzing the rest of the data for others actions it is clear that in general it is easier to receive a grant when trying for the second or third round depending on the actions. Nevertheless, as it was mentioned above, no statistic can replace writing the best project in increasing your chances of getting a grant. However, the information you can find below are certainly interesting and can help you plan the following year regarding the fundraising for your actions.
YEU Newsmail Journalist and Researcher