The validity of all existing, valid Quality Label and Erasmus+ volunteering accreditations will be extended by one year, to 31 December 2021, the European Commission (EC) has announced.
The certifications were initially due to expire on 31 December 2020. The extension means that it will cover volunteering activities taking place in 2021. Therefore:
- Beneficiaries (applicant organisations) of Erasmus+ or European Solidarity Corps volunteering projects/partnerships holding an existing Quality Label or Erasmus+ volunteering accreditation are able to finish projects which have been awarded funding under the current programmes (2018-2020 and 2014-2020), even if project activities or mobilities are undertaken beyond December 2021.
- Partner organisations can use their current accreditation to take part in activities or mobilities funded under the current programme up to 31 December 2021. However, partner organisations undertaking project activities after 2021 will need to apply for the Quality Label prior to those activities taking place. Further details to follow from the EC by the end of the year.
Organisations without an existing certification or Erasmus+ volunteering or European Voluntary Service (EVS) accreditation must apply for a Quality Label first, in order to apply for European Solidarity Corps funding on 1 October 2020, 11am (UK time).