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Volunteering Partnerships for experienced organisations


Experienced volunteering organisations can apply for funding to develop and implement longer-term projects under the European Solidarity Corps. This action is called Volunteering Partnerships, for three-year projects.

It provides organisations with a simplified format for implementing volunteering activities.

Volunteering Partnerships can implement the same activities as Volunteering Projects, following the same eligibility criteria and funding rules.

Organisations gain the following benefits from the Framework Agreement:

  • Funding for the duration of the programme (until 2020);
  • Simplified annual grant applications, as opposed to three application rounds per year; and
  • Fast track grant applications – after the Framework Agreement has been approved, there is no qualitative assessment required.

Activities should strategically respond to societal needs, contribute to strengthening communities and enable young people to develop their potential.

How it works

Only organisations which had the Volunteering Partnerships Framework Agreement application approved in 2018 are eligible to make simplified yearly applications via the Volunteering Partnerships Annual Grant application form (from 2018 until 2020).  

Successful Volunteering Partnership applicants cannot apply for funding under the action Volunteering Projects.

From 1 January 2021, some participants coming to the UK may require a visa under the T5, Temporary Worker, Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) scheme. This is part of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) points-based system and is needed before participants can take up their placement in the UK. For more details, please take a look at the Erasmus+ website.

Application process

Volunteering Partnerships Annual Grants

Who can apply: successful applicants of the Framework Partnership Agreement only, which took place in 2018

Guidance for application (for reference purposes): read the 2020 guide for applicants (371 KB) 

Deadline: the 2020 deadline has now passed (7 May 2020, 11am UK time) 

Read our webpage for the latest information on European Solidarity Corps and the EU transition period.

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