From multinational companies to small NGOs working in local communities, organisations of all types can apply for European Solidarity Corps funding to support youth projects that benefit people and society.
You will have access to a pool of proactive young people between 18 and 30 years old who want to make a difference, whether as a volunteer or in a social- or environmental-related job. Your organisation will be able to search and get in touch with potential participants via a portal, as well as advertise opportunities to them.
European Solidarity Corps funding can enhance your organisation’s capacity and provision. It allows you to have support from highly motivated young people for a specific amount of time, while offering a meaningful experience for the participants. It can add new skills to the team and strengthen links with the local community.
The European Solidarity Corps has a volunteering strand and an occupational strand, with three funding application deadlines per year. All projects must address solidarity-related topics such as:
- Citizenship and democratic participation
- Disaster prevention and recovery
- Environment and natural protection
- Health and wellbeing
- Education and training
- Reception and integration of refugees and migrants
This list is not exhaustive, and could be amended as the initiative is developed.
In a European Solidarity Corps project, organisations can have two different roles:
- Hosting: as a host, an organisation carry out activities related to receiving participants, including preparing tasks and providing guidance and support to participants during the project; and
- Supporting: a supporting organisation is responsible for tasks related to the sending and the preparation of participants before departure, during and after the solidarity activity, including training and guiding participants to local organisations after the activity.
After being awarded the Quality Label, your organisation will gain access to the pool of participants via the European Solidarity Corps Placement Administration and Support System (PASS). This is also where you will generate the certificate for participants once a placement is finalised. Take a look at the European Commission's guide for organisations on how to use PASS.
This is how the portal works:
Before you apply
There are eight steps to get your organisation ready to apply for funding.
- Check your eligibility: An eligible UK organisation is any public, private or non-profit organisation, or an informal group of young people.
Register on EU Login and obtain your Organisation ID (OID): Create an EU Login account and register on the Organisation Registration System to obtain an OID which you and your partners will need in order to complete the application form.
Get accredited: Organisations need to successfully apply for our Quality Label before applying for funding. This is not a requirement for Solidarity Projects.
Find a partner: Once your organisation is awarded the Quality Label, you will gain access to the European Solidarity Corps’ Placement Administration and Support System (PASS), where you can find an accredited partner to your project.
Review your capacity: It is important to consider whether your organisation has financial and organisational capacity to run the project (especially if you want to apply for more than 60,000 euro of funding), as well as having enough staff and resources available.
Decide on your project: Decide on and prepare a project proposal for your organisation based on the funded activity allowed under each strand. Double check the duration allowed for your project as well as start and end dates.
Check the deadline and dates: Double-check the deadline and the time for submitting your online application form, as you will not be able to apply for funding after the deadline has passed.
Fill out the webform: Choose the correct webform for your strand, activity and funding round. Ensure you have enough time to do this, check that all fields are correctly filled out and validate the form. Only then will you be able to submit. Good luck!