Alert since 1991

We are Alert

Alert Youth Fund is an independent fund which supports progressive projects for young people. Young people are often not taken serious and in spite of their potential, young people are often not seen as the change agents they are.

Alert considers it crucial that young people are heard and being listened to. Young people can be a positive driving force of change, and Alert believes they need to be supported and encouraged in this. For this reason, Alert supports progressive youth projects globally with seedfunding.


Through this, Alert tries to contribute to fundamental changes in societies, reflected in equal, fair and just distribution of power, knowledge, capital and a environmentally and human friendly sound way of producing.

Alert is managed by young people only, who voluntarily give their time, energy and spirit for this cause.


Our mission

Alert Fund for Youth Activities considers it crucial that young people observe, listen and respond to the current realities in the world. Their opinions and ideas are important and should be taken seriously. Alert provides seedfunding to progressive projects that are organized by and for young people. Through this, Alert tries to contribute to fundamental changes in societies, reflected in equal, fair and just distribution of power, knowledge, capital and a environmentally and human friendly sound way of producing.

Our Board

The Alert Fund board is managed by enthusiastic young people between the age of 18 and 32 years on a voluntary basis. The board members meet at a monthly basis. At this meeting we discuss the projects. If the projects match the goals of Alert and are well put together they may be awarded a grant.
The general board consists of a chairman, treasurer and secretary.

MVP

The “Alert Award for Most Valued Project”(MVP) has been introduced to highlight special projects. With donating prize money Alert attempts to reward succesfull, courageous or otherwise valuable initiatives and acknowledge the fact that their work is highly valued. An amount of 1000 Euros is included with the award. However, this amount is mainly symbolic. The prize money especially serves as encouragement for the continuation, revival or development of a new project.

In contrast to regular applications, the MPV is an initiative from the fund itself. Two times a year the Alert board members are able to present their favorite projects to the rest of the board. After the contenders are selected, the board of Alert will choose the eventual winner of the MVP. Of course this is very difficult; All nominees are heroes!

Themes

By means of (small) subsidies to progressive project, which are aimed at young people by young people, Alert tries to develop a fundamental change in society.

Alert does not support youth projects which mainly focus on culture, welfare, direct care, income generation, sports, education and health. Alert is an independent fund and therefore does not support political parties. We do not subsidize exchange projects, study/training and intervention projects by big international organization.


In the review process of the proposals we receive, Alert prioritizes certain issues that it considers important:

In this world, unequal and unjust powerdynamics play a role on social, economic and political levels. Alert considers it crucial that young people contribute to exposing and challenging these powerdynamics, through grassroots activism, on local as well as global levels. Young people can and should make their own decisions relating to the world they live in. Alert considers it crucial that they are being heard. For this reason, Alert provides seedfunding to small scale initiatives in which young people contribute and actively participate in social, economic and political processes.

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