Accreditation for youth organisations

Any youth organisation wishing to take part in an Erasmus+ Volunteering project to host and/or send volunteers as part of Key Action 1 mobility for young people must have what is known as EVS accreditation. This includes signing up to the EVS Charter.

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Youth accreditation is designed to ensure consistently high standards in youth volunteering activities and to help organisations find partners. Accreditation is a quality assurance process so that all parties involved are aware of the values, objectives and rules of Erasmus+ Volunteering projects. All accredited organisations must show they are able to implement Volunteering projects according to the rules of the Erasmus+ programme.

To send or host volunteers, all youth organisations involved in the project (i.e. the applicant and all partners) must have current accreditation. The accreditation for all organisations must cover the duration of the project and be in place before the funding application deadline. Informal groups of young people cannot apply for accreditation.

Accreditation is an organisation's entry ticket for Erasmus+ Volunteering, and proves that it complies with the programme's quality standards, but it does not automatically lead to a project grant.

The accreditation of your organisation can be valid for the entire duration of the Erasmus+ programme, or for a shorter period, depending on the outcome of the accreditation process. Once you have your accreditation, your details will be published on the volunteering database of the European Youth Portal, where you can attract potential volunteers for your projects by promoting your opportunities to volunteer.

For more information

Key Action 1 youth is managed by Ecorys UK, as part of the Erasmus+ UK National Agency. If you have questions about accreditation, please contact us at [email protected].

How to apply

Organisations wishing to take part in Erasmus+ volunteering projects must have accreditation at the date of the Key Action 1 youth project application deadline. You can submit your accreditation application at any time during the year, either to the UK National Agency or to SALTO.

The 2018 application web form is available online from the European Commission’s website. Our 2017 guidance notes (857 KB) can be used for reference to assist you in completing the web form.

Who should I contact?

If your question is about Key Action 1 youth, please contact Ecorys UK by email or telephone 0121 212 8947.

If you have questions about Key Action 2 youth or Key Action 3, please contact the British Council by email or telephone 0161 957 7755.