The European Commission launched two calls for proposals under the European Solidarity Corps programme. You can find the guide to the programme with all the useful information at this link.
Both calls for proposals are decentralized activities managed by National Agencies of the Member States. Before submitting your proposal, you need to obtain the Quality Label:
The Quality Label is a process that certifies that an organisation is able and willing to carry out high quality solidarity activities in compliance with the principles, objectives and quality standards of the European Solidarity Corps. Obtaining a Quality Label is a precondition for participation in Volunteering activities. There are two main types of Quality Label:
- Host role covers the full range of activities related to hosting a Solidarity Corps participant, including the development of a programme of the young person’s activities and providing guidance and support to the participant during all the phases as appropriate.
- Support role entails supporting, preparing and/or training participants before departure, a mediation between them and their host organisations and/or providing support to participants upon return from their activity.
The two calls for proposals are:
- Volunteering Projects
Volunteering projects offer opportunities for young people to take part in solidarity activities and help to address identified needs within local communities and contribute to overcoming important societal challenges on the ground. Volunteering may take place in a country other than the country of residence of the participant (cross border) or in the country of residence of the participant (in country). The scope of volunteering projects is broad, covering a wide range of areas, such as environmental protection, climate change mitigation or greater social inclusion. Types of activities:
Individual Volunteering is a solidarity activity of a duration of 2 to 12 months. This type of solidarity activity provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations in solidarity activities to the ultimate benefit of the communities within which the activities are carried out.
Volunteering teams are solidarity activities that allow teams of participants coming from at least two different countries to volunteer together for a period between 2 weeks and 2 months. Such solidarity activities could especially contribute to the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in the European Solidarity Corps. The composition of the volunteering teams must be international; at least a quarter of the volunteers must come from a country other than the one where the activity takes place. In volunteering teams, European Solidarity Corps’ volunteers will carry out tasks for a project over a short period of time
This call for proposal will close on the 27th of May 2021. The call is a decentralized activity managed by National Agencies of the Member States. The budget for this type of proposals consists of fixed rates, the eligible costs are the following: travel, Management costs, Organisational Support, Inclusion Support, Pocket Money, Language learning support, Preparatory Visit.
- Solidarity Projects
A Solidarity Project is a non profit solidarity activity initiated, developed and implemented by young people themselves for a period from 2 to 12 months. It gives a group of minimum five young persons the chance to express solidarity by taking responsibility and committing themselves to bring positive change in their local community. The project should have a clearly identified topic which the group of young people wish to explore together and which has to be translated into the concrete daily activities of the project and involve all the members of the group. Solidarity Projects should address key challenges within the communities, where relevant including those identified jointly in the border regions and it should also present European added value. Participation in a solidarity project is an important non formal learning experience through which young people can boost their personal, educational, social and civic development.
This call for proposal will close on the 27th of May 2021. The call is a decentralized activity managed by National Agencies of the Member States. The budget for this type of proposals consists of fixed rates, the eligible costs are the following: project management, Coaching costs, Exceptional costs.
For more information, please visit the European Solidarity Corps’ website. For the decentralized activities managed by National Agencies of the Member States, you’ll find useful information at this link.
To learn more about current calls for proposals or Eurodiaconia’s funding events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Policy, Projects & Research Officer Vera Nygard at firstname.lastname@example.org and our Projects Assistant Giorgia Signoretto at email@example.com