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Title: Youth Development Administration of Ministry of Education Subsidy Directions for Regional Youth Hubs Ch
Date: 2023.08.17
Legislative: 1.Promulgated in accordance with the Ministry of Education Order
Tai-Chiao-Ching-Shu-Fu-Tzu No. 1092114010B on December 16, 2020
2.Amended in accordance with Ministry of Education Order
Tai-Chiao-Ching-Shu-Fu-Tzu No. 1102103930B onJuly 21, 2021
3.Amended in accordance with Ministry of Education Order
Tai-Chiao-Ching-Shu-Fu-Tzu No. 1112100750A onFeb 18, 2022
4.Amended in accordance with Ministry of Education Order
Tai-Chiao-Ching-Shu-Fu-Tzu No. 1112107300A onDec 27, 2022
5.Amended in accordance with Ministry of Education Order
Tai-Chiao-Ching-Shu-Fu-Tzu No. 1122104070A onAug 17, 2023
Content: I.Purpose: The Youth Development Administration of the Ministry 
  of Education (hereinafter referred to as “the Administration”) 
  aims to both create regional gathering places that facilitate 
  youth exchange and develop a support system for training talent 
  versed in local revitalization in an effort to encourage young 
  people to participate in local affairs and help revitalize local 

II.Target recipients: local governments in whose territories 
   regional youth hubs operate. 

III.Application Requirements and Deadlines: Applications shall be 
    submitted according to the timeline specified in the 
    Administration’s Regulations Governing Subsidies for Local 
    Governments to Create Regional Youth Hubs (hereinafter, 
   “the Regulations”). Local governments shall submit relevant 
    documents along with their applications to the Administration 
    or designated unit(s).

IV.Selection Process:  
a)Preliminary review: Required documents, including proposals 
  submitted by applicants, will be reviewed to confirm eligibility. 
b)Secondary review: Application and on-site reviews will be 
  conducted by a panel consisting of experts and scholars invited 
  by the Administration for projects passing preliminary review.
c)Final review: Panel meeting will be held to discuss the results 
  of secondary review to determine the recipients and the amounts.
d)Criteria for final review:
  i)Vision for developing the regional youth hub, promotion 
    strategies, and the sustainability of the concrete goals (30%).
  ii)Overall execution plan and achievements of the regional youth 
     hub (40%).
  iii)Relative commitment from the local government (20%).
  iv)Mechanisms for selecting operators (10%).

V.After the result is announced, subsidized government entities 
  shall revise their proposals in accordance with the 
  Administration's advice and send back their revised proposals 
  within one month for approval and subsequent execution.

VI.Procedures and Principles:
a)Applications shall meet and adhere to the core values of 
  developing young talent, accumulating experience in placemaking, 
  and facilitating local sustainable development.
b)Subsidies of up to NT$7 million will be provided for a maximum 
  of two years in line with the Regulations. The budget shall be 
  allocated in accordance with the Regulations Governing the
  Planning and Allocation of Ministry of Education Subsidies 
  (Donations) and Funding for Programs. Funding for the second 
  year will be approved based on the execution results of the 
  previous year.
c)Subsidized percentages for the aforementioned projects are 
  determined based on differing levels of financial resources as 
  delineated in the Financial Capacity of Special Municipal, County, 
  and City Governments Classification Table put forth by the 
  Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics of the
  Executive Yuan:
  i)The maximum subsidy for Tier 1 governments is 50%.
  ii)The maximum subsidy for Tier 2 governments is 75%.
  iii)The maximum subsidy for Tier 3 governments is 80%.
  iv)The maximum subsidy for Tier 4 governments is 85%.
  v)The maximum subsidy for Tier 5 governments is 90%.
  d)Scope of Subsidies:
Subsidies cover expenditure for operation, personnel, training, and 
counselling. The annual maximum funding amount of each item shall 
be determined according to the Regulations.

VII.Fund Allocation and Settlement:
a)The fund will be allocated in three installments on the following 
  i)First installment: 30% of the fund will be allocated after a 
    revised proposal submitted by a local government passes the 
    review of the Administration and the outsourcing of the operation. 
  ii)Second installment: Annual results shall be submitted by the 
     applicant for the approval by the Administration. Application 
     for payment shall be submitted for the allocation of 40% of the 
     subsidies provided by the central government according to the 
     procurement contract.
  iii)Third installment: The closure report shall be submitted for 
      the approval by the Administration. Application for payment 
      shall be submitted for the allocation of 30% of the subsidies 
      provided by the central government according to the procurement 
b)Project’s or items within projects that do not involve outsourcing 
  or contract signing, after being approved by the Administration, 
  will be subsidized according to Items 1 to 3 under Paragraph 1.
c)Proposal Revision: Revised proposals shall be sent to the 
  Administration for approval prior to execution in compliance 
  with the Regulations.

VIII.Result verification and evaluation:
a)Receiving agencies shall submit regular progress reports to the 
  Administration for future reference in accordance with relevant 
  rules governing application.
b)During execution, the Administration may assign personnel to 
  conduct irregular on-site visits and invite experts to form a 
  group to conduct on-site visits, evaluation, and interviews 
  and provide counselling to provide references for allocating 
  subsidies in the future if necessary. 
c)Subsidies are earmarked and shall not be used for other purposes. 
  If there is a need to change the content of the project or if 
  the project cannot be carried out as previously approved for 
  any reason, a revised plan should be submitted to the 
  Administration for approval before execution.
d)Subsidies approved in accordance with these guidelines shall 
  be included in the annual budgets of the receiving local
  government, which shall also allocate matching funds as 
  stipulated. Otherwise, matching funds shall be accounted for 
  in the supplementary budget.
e)The original expenditure certificates of this project shall be 
  compiled and properly stored and managed. The Administration may, 
  depending on the necessity, issue notifications and access the 
  certificates or assign personnel to spot check the certificates. 

IX.Recipients shall comply with the following stipulations set
   by the Administration:
a)Recipients shall renovate spaces under their management for 
  young people to carry out exchange dedicated to placemaking.
b)Recipients shall run the space and provide training and 
  counseling services to assist young people interested in local 
  community development in the following areas: networking, 
  cooperation, learning, professional counseling, and matchmaking 
  with both private and public organizations, so as to create a 
  support system for young people involved in different stages 
  of local revitalization.
c)In order to effectively operate regional gathering places for 
  youth, recipients shall promote the usage of the space, present 
  results, and engage in policy campaigns as requested by the 
d)To assist the Administration in keeping track of projects, 
  recipients shall report on a regular basis the execution and 
  progress of projects and send staff members to check on the 
  progress and quality.
e)Recipients shall produce and install identification marks 
  specified by the Administration in subsidized spaces.
f)Recipients shall assist the Administration in promoting 
  counseling and exchange related to youth development.

In the following circumstances, the Administration reserves the 
right to revoke approved subsidies and recover allocated subsidies.
a)When recipients fail to submit revised proposals by the 
  stipulated deadline.
b)The actual implementation of the project is significantly 
  delayed, and no extension has been applied for, and recipients 
  are unable to provide explanations of causes beyond their control.
c)The execution of the annual disposable budget falls below 50% 
  for two consecutive years without proper reasons. 
d)The project is not effectively implemented or is not in 
  compliance with the original approved proposal, and the 
  violations are significant.
e)Subsidies are used for items inconsistent with or outside the 
  approved plan or when recipients misrepresent figures by giving 
  inflated or false figures.
f)When recipients evade, obstruct, or refuse inspection without 
  proper reasons and fail to make improvements within the 
  stipulated time limit after being notified by the Administration.
g)When recipients fail to implement proposals in accordance 
  with regulations, resulting in serious violations.

In the following circumstances, the Administration reserves the 
right to terminate the project and suspend funding. Subsidies 
allocated but not used shall be returned in full.
a)When recipients fail to comply with terms in the Regulations 
  regarding funding approval and proposal revision and fail to 
  make improvements within the stipulated time limit.
b)When recipients obstruct or refuse inspections carried out by 
  the Administration and show no improvement within the stipulated 
  time limit.
c)After being notified, recipients still fail to make the 
  necessary improvements within the stipulated time limit.
d)When recipients voluntarily request to terminate the project.

XII.Other Terms:
a)Once a project has been approved, no additional costs 
  associated with the project will be subsidized.
b)Any unused funds at the end of the project shall be returned 
  to the Administration.
c)Local governments, when fulfilling terms and conditions 
  specified in these regulations, shall follow the Regulations
  Governing Subsidies Provided by the Central Government to Local 
  Governments, Government Procurement Act, Regulations Governing 
  the Planning and Allocation of Ministry of Education Subsidies 
  (Donations) and Funding for Programs, Administrative Procedure 
  Act, and other applicable laws and regulations.
d)Local governments shall fulfill their responsibilities to 
  verify whether the proposals have been used to apply for similar 
  subsidies by the central government. Those who have been 
  subsidized from other agencies may not submit duplicate 
  applications. The subsidy will be revoked if the recipient 
  is found to submit duplicate applications. The recipient shall 
  disgorge the allocated fund and may not apply for subsidies for 
  the following two years.
e)Matters not covered herein shall be handled in accordance with 
  the relevant laws and regulations.
f)During execution, should the recipients violate labor laws or 
  gender equality laws regulations, and this violation is verified 
  by relevant regulators or committees, the YDA may, depending on 
  the severity of the situation, revoke subsidies or the qualification 
  and notify the recipients in writing to return the subsidies. The 
  recipients may not submit any subsidy applications under these 
  Directions for three years.