Call for proposals "Participate!" 17 June - 6 September 2024


Through the “Participate!” call for proposals Migros Culture Percentage promotes projects and offers for young people between the ages of 13 and 25. The projects encourage teenagers and young adults to get involved, make contacts and develop their potential. 

We are looking for projects that in particular also target or aim to increase the involvement of less financially privileged young people and young adults. After all, young people who are affected or threatened by poverty in particular have fewer opportunities to participate in society and develop their prospects. 

Whether it's a youth club, mentoring offer, podcast project, peer counselling or action research: the call for tenders is open to a wide range of projects and offers that create freedom and opportunities - for and with young people in Switzerland. 

Non-profit organisations can apply for funding of between CHF 3,000 and CHF 30,000 from 17 June to 6 September 2024.

Note: the form will be accessible here from 17 June 2024.


Who can apply?

The following can apply:

  • non-profit organisations (e.g. associations, cooperatives, foundations)
  • public authorities together with non-profit organisations

If they: 

  • are involved in the subject of this call for proposals,
  • are planning or already implementing a project with young people aged between 13 and 25 in Switzerland,
  • in particular also reach financially less privileged young people with their project or aim to reach and involve them better.

What is funded?

The following projects are eligible: 

  • the further development of existing projects and offers. Especially when this gives young people from less privileged financial backgrounds better access to and more participation in the project.
  • The implementation of existing projects and events if they run until at least the end of 2024. 
  • The development and implementation of new projects and offers.

Local, regional and national projects from all regions of the country are supported.


What funding is available? 

The financial contributions range between CHF 3,000 and CHF 30,000. In addition, the funded projects can exchange ideas and network.



What is particularly important?

It is important that the project is designed and implemented together with young people or young adults on an equal footing.


Who and what isn’t funded?

  • Individuals and support with individual cases
  • School, vacation and leisure camps 
  • Formal education
  • General operating costs without project relevance 

All eligibility criteria are listed in the guidelines.


How does the process work?

  • Applications can be submitted via the online application portal from 17 June to 6 September 2024 . 
  • A jury examines all applications and decides which projects will be funded.  
  • The funding decisions will be communicated by 27 September 2024.

What else needs to be considered?

  • A maximum of one project or offer can be funded per organisation.
  • Only projects that are not already supported by Migros Culture Percentage contributions in 2024 will be funded.
  • Funding is only provided for projects for which support is also requested from other bodies. 


You can find further information and all eligibility criteria in the guidelines:

Background to the call for proposals

About 1,240,000 people in Switzerland are either affected by or at risk of poverty – that is almost one in seven people. It also affects the youngest generation: 155,000 children, adolescents and young adults in Switzerland are affected by poverty, with around 374,000 living just above the poverty line (Federal Statistical Office, 2022).

Migros Culture Percentage is committed to cohesion in Switzerland and supports people and organisations working to achieve equal opportunities and an inclusive society. Young people who are affected or threatened by poverty in particular have fewer opportunities to participate in society, make contacts, realise their talents or develop prospects.

Through the “Start living!” call for proposals, Migros Culture Percentage is therefore looking for diverse projects and offerings that empower adolescents and young adults.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about the process? Anna Frey, Project manager Social Affairs, will be happy to help. Write to anna.frey@mgb.ch

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