Through transnational projects in the Youth and Politics sphere, young people experience political participation and democratic processes in practice. Together with young people from other countries and with decision-makers, they discuss topics relating to youth policy.

The Swiss program for Erasmus+ continues to fund "Youth and Politics" projects. However, this project format no longer exists in the European Erasmus+ program. In case of participation in an Erasmus+ project, mobilities in the new European format "Youth Participation Activities" can be financed under the same conditions as "Youth and Politics" previously.

What is a project in the Youth and Politics sphere?

What is a project in the youth and politics sphere? Projects in the youth and politics sphere support the development of youth policy strategies and the active participation of young people in democratic life. This takes place in a dialogue between young people and political decision-makers. The transnational activities in the youth policy sphere are very diverse and range from events and seminars through to debates. What they have in common is that the young participants take an active role in planning, preparing and implementing the projects.

Activities eligible for funding are:

  • Events that simulate the functioning of democratic institutions and/or the roles of decision-makers, e.g. transnational youth parliaments.
  • Transnational meetings, debates or seminars which facilitate dialogue between young people and those in charge of youth policy.

Projects in the youth and politics sphere are geared towards the “Structured Dialogue”, which, in the Erasmus+ Programme, is supported in connection with the European youth strategy. The Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ does not, however, adopt what it offers 1:1. Thus, within the framework of the Swiss Programme, the transnational nature of the projects is prioritised. 

What are the formal criteria for a project in the Youth and Politics sphere?

  • Participants: Young people aged between 13 and 30 can take part provided they are resident in one of the participating countries. At least 30 young people must take part in a project in the youth and politics sphere. Youth policy-makers, decision-makers or experts can take part in the project, regardless of their age or origin.
  • Duration: At least 2, maximum 14 days (not including travel days). Total project duration including preparation and follow-up evaluation: from 3 to 24 months.
  • Location: The youth exchange must take place in Switzerland (Incoming project) or in the country of one of the participating organisations (Outgoing project).

You will find the qualitative funding criteria on the page submit an application.

How are projects in the Youth and Politics sphere funded by Movetia?

  • Travel allowance: Travel abroad: CHF 400.- for international travel, CHF 50.– for domestic travel.
  • Organisational support: CHF 49.- per day and person.
  • Support for participation of people with special needs: 100% of costs actually eligible for funding
  • Exceptional costs (Visa and visa related costs, residence permits, vaccinations, medical certifications): 100% of the costs actually eligible for funding.
  • The total budget is limited to CHF 62'000.

For the detailed list and explanation of the contributions, please see the Overview of Grants.