European Solidarity Corps in a nutshell: applying for 2020 Call - Round 3

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The European Solidarity Corps programme, run by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, is all about helping organisations and young people to take social action to strengthen and benefit communities.

Over 12 million euro has been allocated to the European Solidarity Corps in 2020 for the UK, with almost 2 million euro allocated for in-country activities involving UK residents. The next deadline to apply is 1 October 2020 (11 am, UK time). 

Discover the programme in a nutshell and find out how your organisation could benefit from getting involved. 



Different funding types

The key aim to any European Solidarity Corps project is to address important societal challenges. The funding is separated into three project types:


Volunteering Projects

Organisations can apply for Volunteering Projects funding to involve young people aged 18-30 as volunteers (individually or in teams) in their daily work activities that address important societal challenges. 

In turn, organisations will be helping their young volunteers to acquire informal and non-formal learning experiences and key competences for their personal, educational, civic and professional development. 


Solidarity Projects

Solidarity Projects are youth-led activities, where informal groups of at least five young people can get funding to run a project in their local community in the UK. A project can last between two and 12 months with the aim to express solidarity by taking responsibility and bringing positive change in their local area. 

It can be undertaken part-time, around other commitments on weekends or during holidays. Organisations can also apply on behalf of young people. This action has elements similar to Youth Initiatives funding from the predecessor programme ‘Youth in Action’.


Traineeships and Jobs Projects

Traineeships and Jobs funding allows a young person to join an organisation for work practice or employment to help them in their social action work. These placements can last from two months to one year (depending on the activity) and can take place in the UK or in elsewhere in Europe. 

Therefore, if you have a trainee or job vacancy to fill, or would like to keep on an existing volunteer, you can get some funding through the European Solidarity Corps programme to help with management costs and mentoring support.

Boost your organisation’s work next year: project start dates can be selected between 1 January 2021 and 31 May 2021.

Benefits of applying for European Solidarity Corps funding

There are many benefits of apply for funding in 2020 and getting involved with the programme, such as: 

  • project start dates can be selected between 1 January 2021 and 31 May 2021, when Coronavirus restrictions may be lifted, so you can have volunteers ready to boost your organisation’s work in 2021;
  • both in-country and/or cross-border activities can take place, so you can apply for volunteers or trainees who already live in the UK; 
  • the funding includes several budgets to help cover the majority of costs, such as project management costs.

Is your organisation eligible to apply?

The European Solidarity Corps is open to any public or private entity in a participating or partner country, non-profit or profit-making. If your organisation activities in the UK address important societal challenges to the benefit of a community or society as a whole, you should think about applying. 

The programme is a fantastic opportunity to enhance your provision, widen your impact and bring fresh perspectives to your organisation. See how you can get involved and what you need to know before you apply. 

Next steps

The European Solidarity Corps UK team will be providing a number of support activities over the next few months running up to the 1 October 2020 deadline, to help organisations to find out more about the programme and help you to submit high quality applications for funding.

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Submitted by Yvonne Wanjiru (not verified) on Sun, 07/26/2020 - 13:51


Hi am a Kenyan currently in Saudia Arabia..can i join as a trainee?

Submitted by Melissa Becker on Tue, 09/29/2020 - 12:01

In reply to by Yvonne Wanjiru (not verified)


Thank you for your message. Only young people between 18 and 30 years who are legally residing in a Member State of the European Union and have registered in the European Solidarity Corps Portal are eligible to take part in a Traineeship placement. Best wishes.

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