Empowering Civil Society and Youth for an Inclusive Digital Transformation

About the Call

This is a call for applications for the project “Empowering Civil Society and Youth for an Inclusive Digital Transformation”. This project is funded by the European Union and is implemented in a partnership with Acted, the Non-Governmental Organizations Initiative at the American University of Beirut (AUB NGOi)DOT Lebanon, and ESA Business School.


The project aims to increase the participation of Lebanese youth-led and youth-focused Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) within governance processes through enhancing their operational, institutional and digital capacities. It also aims to complement the selected CSOs capacity strengthening with financial support.

About the Project

“Empowering Civil Society and Youth for an Inclusive Digital Transformation” is a 30-month project which aims to enhance the ability of Lebanese youth-led and youth-focused CSOs to influence policy making and be influential development actors in Lebanon. This will be achieved by strengthening the capacity of these organizations in various aspects, including operational, institutional, and digital capacities.


As part of this project,ten (10)CSOs will be selected to receive sub-grants of15,000 Euros eachto implement their proposed projects. The selected CSOs will also benefit from the services outlined in “project-supported services”, and engage in a series of performance improvement activities.

Project-supported Services

As part of this project, the 10 selected CSOs will engage in a series of capacity building and performance improvement activities as outlined below:


CSOs will undergo a series of assessments, including an assessment of operational capacities through AUB NGOi self-assessment platform and an assessment of digital capacities.


Based on the assessment results, CSOs will be offered a total of four in-person training courses and a tailored multi-year digital transformation strategy and annual work plan.


CSOs will be guided and coached to pitch their ideas for their own designed projects, develop concept notes based on a set template, and outline budgets.


CSOs will receive operational and digital coaching and mentoring sessions on the implementation of their proposed projects.


CSOs will receive a sub-grant to implement their proposed projects.


Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is the strategic use of digital technologies to fundamentally change the way businesses operate, deliver value to customers, and stay competitive. It involves integrating digital technologies into all aspects of business operations, leveraging technology such as cloud computing, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance customer experiences, improve efficiency, and drive innovation. The ultimate goal of digital transformation is to enable organizations to adapt to the digital age and maintain a competitive edge in their respective markets.

Youth-led Organizations

Youth-led organizations are those with management or leadership that includes at least 2 young persons (between the ages of 18 and 35).

Youth-focused Organizations

Youth-focused organizations are those working on projects that target the needs of young persons (between the ages of 18 and 35) and/or work on young persons’ (between the ages of 18 and 35) rights, evidenced by completed projects proposals related to youth empowerment.

Eligibility Criteria

Local CSOs from all across Lebanon and from all sectors are invited to apply to be part of this project. To be eligible for selection, CSOs will undergo a selection process based on several criteria, as follows:

  • Being legally registered in Lebanon and operating in Lebanon and be compliant with all relevant laws and regulations
  • Being a youth-led or youth-focused CSO
  • Being a small or medium-sized organization (with less than 50 employees)

  • Having a track record of 2+ years of operation and have at least 1 completed project
  • Willing to sign a memorandum of understanding as a commitment for the whole program period of approximately 20 months
  • Having a fresh USD bank account

Application Submission Guidelines


  • Only complete submissions made online via the application form before November 20, 2023 at 5:00 PM will be considered. Applications must be complete and contain all the requested information and all documents. Submissions made via email will not be considered.


  • Selected CSOs will be required to commence project activities inDecember.

Contact Us

For inquires, please contact AUB NGOi Team on


    +961-1-350000 Ext. 4966

Selection Process

The selection of CSOs will be performed in the following phases:

Step 1

Submission of application and required documents before November 20, 2023

Step 2

Interview of shortlisted applicants

Step 3

Selection of subgrantees

Step 4

Initiation of Activities