The Programme on Youth does not provide funding for projects and programmes. However, there are a few opportunities for applying for funding within the United Nations System.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has a Small Grants Programme which may be of interest to some youth organisations concerned with sustainable development. Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, The GEF Small Grants Programme [SGP] embodies the very essence of sustainable development. By providing financial and technical support to projects in developing countries that conserve and restore the natural world while enhancing well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives. SGP links global, national and local-level issues through a transparent, participatory and country-driven approach to project planning, design and implementation. Grants are made directly to non-governmental organizations [NGOs] and community-based organizations [CBOs] in recognition of the key role they play as a resource and constituency for environment and development concerns. Though SGP grants are small, their impact is large. More than 3000 projects in 63 countries have addressed adverse environmental changes and enriched the lives of tens of thousands of people, in Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Youth organisations located in LDCs, with a development focus, might be interested in the United Nations Capital Development Fund, which is a UNDP partner and works to reduce poverty in Least Developed Countries through a variety of innovative approaches in both local governance and microfinance initiatives.
In addition, a number of NGOs and other organisations may be able to assist with funding:
Peace Child International (www.peacechild.org)* assist with funding for many youth projects.
For youth organisations led by females, the Global Fund for Women (www.globalfundforwomen.org)* supports organizations which demonstrate a clear commitment to women's equality and female human rights; show concern about the way women are viewed and view themselves in society; are governed and directed by women; consist of a group of women working together; and are based outside of the United States.
For US-based youth projects, the National 4-H Council has a Youth Grants Program* which offers grants for youth in local communities, in counties, and on the state level. These grants provide opportunities for young people and adults to take action on issues critical to their lives, their families, and their communities. Youth take the lead in the design of the project, the proposal writing process, the implementation, and the evaluation of funded projects.
There are many other organisations which support youth-related projects and initiatives. One way of finding them is by looking in search engines, such as Google.*