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Solidarity Projects: empowering young people


This action allows UK organisations to help groups of proactive young people to apply for Solidarity Projects funding and support a group of young people through their own project, which can be undertaken on a part time basis.

Solidarity Projects is a youth-led activity under the European Solidarity Corps, where informal groups of at least five young people can get funding to run a project in the UK, lasting between two and 12 months. It allows young people who are looking to work within their community or with a cause that matters to them to make a difference in their community and to have their voices heard.

The funding can help them to address issues in their communities, target a specific group or develop local opportunities, while giving them a valuable non-formal learning experience.

Organisation’s role and coaching

This action under the Solidarity Corps has elements similar to Youth Initiatives funding from the predecessor programme ‘Youth in Action’.

Each Solidarity Project group must have a clearly defined topic that they wish to explore together, with concrete daily activities that involve all the participants in a local community action. 

The group can choose to work with an experienced organisation, which can apply for funding on their behalf and help the group with administrative and financial processes. They can be supported by a coach (someone with youth work experience, for example), who would facilitate the learning process or support a particular aspect of the project, where expertise is needed.

Costs of project management, coaching and support to participants with fewer opportunities are supported in this activity.

Who can take part

Organisations: any public or private organisation can apply on behalf of a group of young people (please note this is a youth-led activity)

Young people: a group of a minimum of five young people aged 18-30 from an EU Member State. They must be registered on the European Solidarity Corps portal to initiate and participate in a Solidarity Project.

Application process 

Applications are closed. Please read our webpage for the latest information on European Solidarity Corps and the EU transition period.