european students’ union

Apply now and receive a grant to implement your project!

July 20, 2022
The ‘Cycle of Resilience’ is a series of activities aimed at involving students to build societal resilience through non-formal education amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. ESU has already implemented 2 training courses allowing students to reflect on their local realities and foster positive action through an emphasis on youth participation, human rights, social inclusion and democratic citizenship. At the same time, participants had the opportunity to learn more about how to design and implement projects and campaigns. After the 2 practical training courses, participants and any other students willing to participate can apply for our grant and set up their own project or action to help build a more inclusive and resilient recovery in their own communities by fostering social inclusion. Apply for our grant!

Seeds of Resilience – Decentralised Actions 

  • When? Application period from the 18th till the 31st of July 2022 Implementation period from the beginning of August till the end of October 2022
  • Who? 10 projects will be funded. Each grant is up to a maximum of 500 euros.
  • Where? After being selected, you can implement your projects at the local or national or European level – and implemented in countries of the Council of Europe, both online and/or face to face- from the beginning of August until the end of October 2022. Grantees will be invited to Brussels in November to present their projects. All costs of travelling, accommodation and meals will be covered by ESU.
  • Theme? Social rights, social inclusion, post-pandemic resilience, youth participation, democratic citizenship, and human rights.
  • Deadline? 31st of July 2022, 23:59h CET (Central European Time Zone).

Apply now. It’s as easy as that!


Participants are expected to apply for projects individually or in groups. We expect a wide diversity of projects: one-off actions, one month-duration project, a series of workshops, informal discussions, peer learning activities, etc.

Diversity of individuals, a diversity of actions all around Europe!


What we fund:

  • student/youth-led initiatives at the local level proposing concrete solutions answering the impact of COVID-19 on under-represented youth.
  • actions/initiatives on topics such as advocacy & awareness-raising campaigns at the local, national or European levels.
  • practices in the community supporting inclusion: such as cultural activities and workshops using different types of media (photo, sound recording, writing, etc.) at local, national or European levels.
  • You can apply for any sum up to 500 E (up to 500 euros for up to 10 initiatives: 5000 in total);
  • We fund: project costs

How to apply

Tell us about your project idea! Project description, including info on objectives, activities, results Budget Proposal
  • Tell us about your project.
  • Answer five simple questions to describe what you want to accomplish, why and how.
  • Include relevant, precise information but keep it under 2,000 words (about four A4 pages).
  • We will tell you within one-two weeks if your project is selected for implementation.
  • Apply via the application form and budget template for applying to be downloaded and sent to awp2022@esu-online.org
  • You will receive feedback about your project, whether your project is selected or not for receiving our grant.
  • You will know about the selection results by the beginning of August 2022.

Before applying, please carefully read our guidelines, application forms, and selection criteria.

  1. Guidelines to apply for our grant;
  2. Selection criteria;
  3. Application form;
  4. Budget template for applying.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications! 🙂

The activities are being organised by the European Students Union (ESU) and supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.
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