The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is inviting applications for the Youth Solidarity Fund for international students in 2021.

UNAOC was established in 2005, under the auspices of the United Nations, and co-sponsored by the Governments of Spain and Turkey. UNAOC works towards a more
socially inclusive world by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural
and religious identities. It also highlights the will of the world’s majority to reject violent
extremism and embrace diversity. UNAOC project activities are fashioned around Youth,
Education, Media, and Migration, which can play a critical role in reducing cross-cultural tensions.

The Youth Solidarity Fund (YSF) supports youth-led organizations that foster peaceful
and inclusive societies by providing seed funding to outstanding projects promoting
intercultural and interfaith dialogue. It is worthy of note that YSF only supports projects that are entirely developed and managed by youth and for the benefit of youth.

Worth of Award

  • YSF awards grants of up to USD 25,000 for the implementation of selected projects.
  • These are projects that demonstrate innovative and effective approaches to intercultural and/or interfaith dialogue.
  • Similarly, they are projects that advance the mission of UNAOC.


  • The age definition used by UNAOC to characterize youth is an individual between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • Youth-led organizations registered and/or operational in one of the eligible countries.
  • Registered youth-led organizations with projects entirely developed and managed by youth and for the benefit of youth.

Eligibility for Youth Organizations

To be eligible for the UNAOC Youth Solidarity Fund, applying youth organizations need to fulfil every one of the following

• Be youth-led: a majority of the positions and decision-making roles within the
organization are held by women and men between the ages of 18 and 35;
• Be a non-profit, non-governmental organization (except for national youth
councils) registered in the country of operation as a charity, trust, foundation, or
• Be officially registered and operational for a minimum of two years prior to the
deadline for applications with funding base and project implementation;
• Be registered and operate in one of the aforementioned countries;
• Have a democratic governance structure and decision-making mechanism,
including consultative processes in formulating priorities and policies;
• Have an ability to demonstrate proper and consistent monitoring, evaluation, and
record-keeping of their activities, including project evaluation reports and
financial accounts;
• Have a gender perspective/balance reflected in their staff, beneficiaries, and
• Have no adherence to or affiliations with violent ideologies or antagonism against
any particular country, culture, religion or belief system, ethnic group, gender,
etc.; and
• Did not receive funding under past editions of YSF or did not receive the Intercultural Innovation Award.

Proposals submitted are acceptable only when the leading implementing youth organization is registered in one of the below countries:

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria;
Republic of Angola; Republic of Armenia; Republic of Azerbaijan; People’s
Republic of Bangladesh; Republic of Benin; Kingdom of Bhutan; Republic of
Botswana; Burkina Faso; Republic of Burundi; Republic of Cabo Verde;
Kingdom of Cambodia; Republic of Cameroon; Central African Republic;
Republic of Chad; People’s Republic of China; Union of the Comoros; Republic
of the Congo; Republic of Cote d’Ivoire; Democratic People’s Republic of
Korea; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Republic of Djibouti; Arab Republic
of Egypt; Republic of Equatorial Guinea; State of Eritrea; Kingdom of Eswatini;
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Gabonese Republic; Islamic Republic
of the Gambia; Georgia; Republic of Ghana; Republic of Guinea; Republic of
Guinea-Bissau; Republic of India; Republic of Indonesia; Islamic Republic of Iran;
Republic of Iraq; State of Israel; Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Republic of
Kazakhstan; Republic of Kenya; Kyrgyz Republic; Lao People’s Democratic
Republic; Republic of Lebanon; Kingdom of Lesotho; Republic of Liberia; Libya;
Republic of Madagascar; Republic of Malawi; Malaysia; Republic of Maldives;
Republic of Mali; Islamic Republic of Mauritania; Republic of Mauritius;
Mongolia; Kingdom of Morocco; Republic of Mozambique; Republic of the
Union of Myanmar; Republic of Namibia; Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal;
Republic of the Niger; Federal Republic of Nigeria; Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
State of Palestine; Republic of the Philippines; Republic of Rwanda; Democratic
Republic of Sao Tome and Principe; Republic of Senegal; Republic of
Seychelles; Republic of Sierra Leone; Federal Republic of Somalia; Republic of
South Africa; Republic of South Sudan; Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri
Lanka; Republic of Sudan; Syrian Arab Republic; Republic of Tajikistan; Kingdom
of Thailand; Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste; Republic of Togo; Republic of
Tunisia; Republic of Turkey; Turkmenistan; Republic of Uganda; United Republic
of Tanzania; Republic of Uzbekistan; Socialist Republic of Viet Nam; Republic of
Yemen; Republic of Zambia; Republic of Zimbabwe.

How to Apply

The application package for the UNAOC Youth Solidarity Fund must include the following and be submitted through the online application system available at

• The application form, completed and certified by the applicant’s organization;
• A copy of the registration certificate of the applicant’s organization;
• A copy of the statutes/by-laws of the applicant’s organization;
• An organizational chart depicting the ages of key decision-makers within the
• A biography of the current Executive/Managing Director, showing the date of
birth (one-page maximum);
• The resume/CV of the project coordinator (two pages maximum);
• A picture or scan of the project coordinator’s passport identification page. If the
project coordinator does not have a passport, upload his or her national
identification card.

Deadline: The application deadline is Sunday, 31 January 2021, 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Standard Time in New York.

Click here for more details and to apply

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