The European Solidarity Corps is the European Union initiative which funds opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in the UK or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.
It offers an inspiring and empowering experience for young people who want to help, learn and develop by funding a range of opportunities across a broad range of areas, such as integration of migrants, environmental challenges, prevention of natural disasters, education and youth activities or measures to prevent radicalisation. The European Solidarity Corps has a proposed overall budget of €375.6 million over the period 2018-2020.
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.
The European Solidarity Corps has a volunteering strand and an occupational strand, with three funding application deadlines per year. In 2020, the deadlines are 5 February, 30 April and 1 October (all at 11am, UK time).
In order to participate, organisations must hold an accreditation called the Quality Label, designed to ensure consistently high standards in Solidarity Corps’ activities and to help organisations find partners. If your organisation is already accredited under Erasmus+ Volunteering, or certified for EU Aid Volunteers, then it is already automatically able to access the pool of European Solidarity Corps participants and therefore search for participants for your projects.
To find out more, visit the European Solidarity Corps UK website.
In the UK, the initiative is implemented by the Erasmus+ National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.