Welcome to JINT

JINT is the National Agency for the Erasmus+: Youth in Action and the European Solidarity Corps programmes for the Flemish Community in Belgium. Moreover, we act as a knowledge centre for international youth mobility, youth work and youth policy.


About us

Providing support is the core of JINT’s work. We help young people to take part in international and intercultural exchanges, whether abroad or right on their doorstep. We help youth workers to take their day-to-day work to the next level with inspiring international partnerships and projects. We help to inform policy-makers, leading to a more international outlook on youth, youth work and youth policy.

JINT was founded in 1989 by the Flemish government, in consultation with Flemish youth organisations. JINT is a not-for-profit organisation, financed by two institutions:

  • Department of Culture, Youth and Media of the Flemish Government
  • Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission

Grants

Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs from 2014 until the end of 2020 with a total budget of €14.7 billion. Within Erasmus+ there are different sections: one for education and training, one for sport and one for youth projects.

The youth chapter of Erasmus+ is called Youth in Action. It funds projects for and by young people and youth organisations. It has a separate budget and specific project possibilities. The budget for youth equals at €1.47 billion.

What is the aim of this programme?

Erasmus+: Youth in Action funds projects in education, training and non-formal learning that support personal development, help people gain competences and increase their employability. It pursues the following specific objectives:

  1. to improve the level of key competences and skills of young people, including those with fewer opportunities, as well as to promote participation in democratic life in Europe and the labour market, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, social inclusion and solidarity, in particular through increased learning mobility opportunities for young people, those active in youth work or youth organisations and youth leaders, and through strengthened links between the youth field and the labour market;
  2. to foster quality improvements in youth work, in particular through enhanced cooperation between organisations in the youth field and/or other stakeholders;
  3. to complement policy reforms at local, regional and national level and to support the development of knowledge and evidence-based youth policy as well as the recognition of non-formal and informal learning, in particular through enhanced policy cooperation, better use of Union transparency and recognition tools and the dissemination of good practices;
  4. to enhance the international dimension of youth activities and the role of youth workers and organisations as support structures for young people in complementarity with the Union's external action, in particular through the promotion of mobility and cooperation between the Union and partner-country stakeholders and international organisations and through targeted capacity-building in partner countries.

Source: REGULATION (EU) No 1288/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 11 December 2013 establishing 'Erasmus+': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport and repealing Decisions No 1719/2006/EC, No 1720/2006/EC and No 1298/2008/EC

How do I apply for funding? 

Erasmus+ in Flanders is coordinated by two National Agencies and by one National Contact Point.

  • JINT vzw is the National Agency for Youth in Action, the youth chapter of Erasmus +. You can apply to JINT with projects for and by young people and youth work organizations, aiming at informal or non-formal learning and outside the structures and scope  of formal education.
  • EPOS vzw is the National Agency for the Education and Training Section of Erasmus + in Flanders. You can apply to Epos with projects related to primary and secondary education, vocational education, adult education and higher education.

For the sports chapter of Erasmus+ EU Sport Link is the National Contact Point for sports clubs, federations, services, institutions and associations in Flanders. It provides information and guidance on European sports partnerships and funding. The applications for Erasmus+: Sports grants cannot be submitted to EU Sportlink itself but need to be submitted directly to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission (EACEA).

In addition, there are also calls for applications managed by the European Commission itself. In this case you can submit your project application directly to the Executive Agency of the European Commission (EACEA). You can find an overview of all these project calls on the EACEA website.

You can find more information in English on the Erasmus+ website of the European Commission.

For International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations (INGYO's)

INGYO's and their member organisations can apply for project grants from all National Agencies:

  • as long as the applicant is legally established in the country where the applicant applies, and
  • as long as there are participants involved who are legally residing in that same country.

It is possible for an INGYO to be a partner in the project of one of their member organisations.

INGYO's have to follow Belgian procedures. This means that organisations must apply to the National Agency of the Community where they are located. For example:

  • An organisation located in Liège should send its application to Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ)
  • An organisation from Antwerp submits its application to JINT.

Organisations based in Brussels can apply either to Le BIJ or to JINT, potentially depending on their future participants’ legal residence. JINT will process applications in Dutch or English, and Le BIJ in French or English.

 

The European Solidarity Corps is an EU funding programme, creating opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects that benefit communities and people around Europe. It runs from October 2018 until the end of 2020 with a total budget of €375,6 million.

What is the aim of this programme? 

The European Solidarity Corps aims to promote solidarity. It does so by enhancing the local or international engagement of young people to strengthen cohesion, solidarity, democracy and citizenship in Europe. Promoting social inclusion is key.

How do I apply for funding?

You can also find more information in English on the European Solidarity Corps website of the European Commission.

For International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations (INGYO's)

INGYO's and their member organisations can apply for project grants from all National Agencies:

  • as long as the applicant is legally established in the country where the applicant applies, and
  • as long as there are participants involved who are legally residing in that same country.

It is possible for an INGYO to be a partner in the project of one of their member organisations.

INGYO's have to follow Belgian procedures. This means that organisations must apply to the National Agency of the Community where they are located. For example:

  • An organisation located in Liège should send its application to Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ)
  • An organisation from Antwerp submits its application to JINT.

Organisations based in Brussels can apply either to Le BIJ or to JINT, potentially depending on their future participants’ legal residence. JINT will process applications in Dutch or English, and Le BIJ in French or English.

The Bel’J programme was established in 2009 and gives young people between 12 and 30 the opportunity to meet young people from other Communities in Belgium. The programme originates from the idea that you can only explore the way of life of others, with all their similarities and differences, through real and long-term contacts.

The Ministers of Youth of the 3 Communities in Belgium are convinced that these contacts should be encouraged. They therefore support this joint programme with opportunities for exchange and non-formal learning activities.

Within the Bel’J programme there are 3 types of activities:

  1. It gives young people the opportunity to volunteer alone, or in a group of maximum 3 people, for 10 days to 3 months in an organisation from one of the other Communities. This way they familiarise themselves with the organisation and its work or they can set up a creative project there.
  2. A second possibility is for groups of 8 to 60 young people from the three Communities to spend 5 to 15 days together and undertake joint projects.

In these two cases the young people become acquainted with the daily life of the other Communities. It gives them the opportunity to get to know each other's culture and potentially to establish lasting bonds with young people from the French-speaking or the German-speaking Community.

  1. The third option of the programme focuses on youth workers. During a Youth Workers Mobility Project youth workers can learn from each other by taking part in a job shadowing exercise and/or collaborative projects for youth work organisations.

Project applications that are approved receive a financial contribution to cover the costs.

Each Community appointed an Agency to implement the programme. It is the Agency's task to disseminate information about Bel’J, to maintain contact with the organisations involved, to support young people and to complete the administrative and financial procedures. The 3 Agencies are:

Please visit the dedicated website (in Dutch, French or German) for more information.

Information available in English

The majority of the information and services provided by JINT are in Dutch. However, we would like to point out the following resources in English that might be of interest to you:

  • Quality Mobility App (Q! App): helps you create learning mobility projects of even better quality. It allows you to self-assess the quality of your international youth projects & compare your assessment with colleagues. You can also provides you with an online platform to create your own project and cooperate with your partners. Last but not least, there are 200+ practical resources, tips, videos and checklists to improve the quality of a learning mobility project - shown at the various stages of your mobility project.
  • SALTO YOUTH: stands for Support, Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities for Youth. It is a network of six Resource Centres working on European priority areas within the youth field. On their website you can find, amongst others, the European Training Calendar, the Toolbox for Training, the Otlas Partner Finding Tool and the Trainers directory
  • The European Youth Portal: offers European and national information and opportunities that are of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. It provides information around eight main themes, covers 35 countries and is available in 28 languages.
  • The EU-CoE youth partnership is a co-operation programme between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth, created in 1998. On their website you can find various publications and resources, in English and other languages.

Meeting Rooms

JINT manages the International Youth Center, located at Grétrystraat 26 in the centre of Brussels. Organisations can hire one or multiple meeting rooms in the building for a meeting or training.

The building has a number of excellent assets:

  • Based in the heart of Brussels, close to the central station.
  • The building is wheelchair accessible. All floors can also be reached by elevator, and an accessible toilet is available.
  • Three meeting rooms with different facilities make working efficient and pleasant.

Practicalities

The International Youth Center is open from Monday 9am to Friday 5pm. Meeting rooms can be booked from Monday 2pm until Friday 5pm.

For more info you can contact JINT by email at zalen@jint.be or call us on 02 209 07 20.

Contact

JINT vzw

Grétrystraat 26

1000 BRUSSELS

You can call or email us with your question(s) on 02 209 07 20 or jint@jint.be

We are available from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. If you would like to visit us please let us know in advance and we will happily make time for you.

If you are you looking for someone specific please have a look at our Who is who? Page.