Today the Commission launched the first call for proposals under the new European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. With a dedicated budget of €1.009 billion for 2021-2027, the new programme will offer opportunities to at least 270,000 young people to help address societal and humanitarian challenges through volunteering or by setting up their own solidarity projects. For the first year of action, more than €138 million are available. The first annual work programme and the Programme Guide 2021 have also been published.
The new European Solidarity Corps supports the political priorities of the European Union and engages organisations and young people in projects to address them. The programme promotes inclusion and diversity, aims to incorporate green practices in projects and encourages environmentally sustainable and responsible behaviour among participants and participating organisations. It supports the digital transition through projects and activities that boost digital skills and fosters digital literacy. The programme also promotes participation of young people in democratic processes and civic engagement. In addition, the new programme has the flexibility to add annual priorities addressing pressing issues. This year’s additional thematic area is health.
The call covers volunteering projects, volunteering teams in high priority areas, solidarity projects, quality label for solidarity volunteering activities and quality label for humanitarian aid volunteering.
EACEA manages two actions of the European Solidarity Corps programme:
- Quality label for humanitarian aid - submission deadline 22 September 2021 at 17:00 CET
This is an entirely new action under the 2021-2027 programme.
- Volunteering teams in high priority areas - submission deadline 5 October 2021 at 17:00 CET
This action will mobilise young people in projects addressing health challenges, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and recovery.
Application forms will be published on the Funding & Tender Opportunities Platform (F&TP) indicatively in May (Quality label for humanitarian aid) and July (Volunteering teams in high priority areas).
Online information events are planned for the actions managed by EACEA. Details will be made available soon.
To find out more:
- 15 April 2021