European Voluntary Service accreditation for youth organisations

Any youth organisation wishing to take part in European Voluntary Service (EVS) activities to host and/or send volunteers as part of Key Action 1 mobility for young people must have EVS accreditation. This includes signing up to the EVS Charter.

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EVS accreditation is designed to ensure consistently high standards in EVS 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 EVS. All accredited organisations must show they are able to implement EVS 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 EVS 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 EVS accreditation.

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

The EVS 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 EVS 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

If you have not previously applied for Erasmus+ funding, we recommend you refer to the before you apply webpage.

For more information, please visit the Key Action 1 youth mobility webpage. 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

How to apply

Organisations wishing to take part in EVS 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 application eForm for EVS accreditation is available to download (229 KB), and we have produced 2017 guidance notes (857 KB) to assist you in completing the eForm.

2017 applications: If you are thinking of applying for funding for EVS in 2017 and do not have valid accreditation, you should apply at least six weeks before the relevant funding application deadline.

Technical note: the eForm is a pdf file which will need to be opened and edited using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 15.9, or version 15.7 or earlier - please note that version 15.8 is not compatible).

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.