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1. Youth Policy Governance

1.7 Funding youth policy

Last update: 27 February 2024

How Youth policy is funded

The total amount affected to youth policies was : 

  • 45 822 000 euros in 2015  
  • 48 068 000 euros in 2016
  • 52 902 000 euros in 2017 
  • 60 985 000 euros in 2018
  • 72 191 000 euros in 2019
  • 72 720 000 euros in 2020
  • 76 182 000 euros in 2021
  • 84 873 000 euros in 2022
  • 90 456 000 euros in 2023

Source: annual budget of the French-speaking Community. 

Youth associations may receive funds from others public or private bodies. 
European funding from the youth section of the Erasmus + are monitored by the International Youth Office. 

What is funded?

The budget allocated to youth policies is divided into four categories:

  1. Financial aid for Youth Organisations, Youth Centres, Regional Coordination of Homework schools and the Federation of Homework schools. This category gathers the major part of the youth budget ;
  2. The running costs of the Youth Council of the French-Speaking Community;
  3. Training of youth workers, support to extraordinary youth activities, cross-sectorial actions;
  4. Youth service activities. This category includes as well the Belgian subsidy for the International Youth Office (15 000 euros for the Belgian exchange program “Bel’J”).

Financial accountability

The accountability is ensured by the Youth Department which is the Central public administration. This service recognises and funds youth associations according to several decrees which point out, for each type of associations, the requirements and procedures to receive the subsidy.

A recognised youth association receives an annual “ordinary subsidy” composed of two main elements:

  1. functioning of the association (activities);
  2. employment (staff salary).

In order to receive the subsidy, Youth Organisations must submit every year:

  • the activity report;
  • the balance sheet;
  • the General Assembly’s minutes approving the balance sheet.

Every four years, the youth association must renew the recognition by submitting a four-year action plan to the administration.

Use of EU Funds

The Youth Department didn't launch any calls for project for the youth sector in the framework of the ESF. 

A call for projects has been launched in 2015 by the Minister of Education and the Minister of Youth Welfare with the financial support of the ESF. The aim is to develop partnerships to prevent school dropout.   

The International Youth Office (BIJ) receives EU funds in order to implement the youth section of the Erasmus + programme.