How to apply for the European Solidarity Corps

This page contains documents to support you when applying for European Solidarity Corps funding. 

2018 Call Solidarity Corps documents

The documents in this section are published by the European Commission. The 2018 Call for Proposals gives an overview of the European Solidarity Corps, and the Programme Guide contains detailed information on how to apply.

Funding is available under two different strands in the European Solidarity Corps: volunteering and occupational. Projects can take place abroad, according to the area covered by each strand, or in-country. Any organisation wishing to take part in a European Solidarity Corps project must have an accreditation called the Quality Label.

In order to achieve its objectives, the European Solidarity Corps implements the following activities:

Volunteering strand

Volunteering Projects

Volunteering projects provide opportunities for young people, or groups of young people, to take part in full-time unpaid activities between two weeks and 12 months in duration. Activities can take place either in a country other than the country of residence (cross-border) or in the country of residence of the participant (in-country). For more information, download the Volunteering projects factsheet (368 KB).

The 2018 application deadline for Volunteering Projects has now closed (16 October 2018, 11am UK time). The accompanying guide for applicants (1.0 MB) and application support webinar are available for reference purposes only.

Volunteering Partnerships

Volunteering Partnerships are a specific project format, available in the 2018 Call, to enable experienced volunteering organisations to develop and implement longer-term projects through three-year Framework Partnership Agreements. Volunteering Partnerships can implement the same activities as Volunteering Projects. For more information, download the Volunteering partnerships factsheet (331 KB). 

The 2018 application deadline for Volunteering Partnerships has now closed (16 October 2018, 11am UK time). The guides for applicants for Framework Partnership Agreement (764 KB) and for Annual Grants (591 KB) are available for reference purposes only. There is also an application support webinar for reference.

Solidarity Projects

A solidarity project is an in-country activity initiated, developed and implemented by a group of at least five young people themselves for a period from two to 12 months. For more information, download the Solidarity Projects factsheet (447 KB).

The 2018 application deadline for Solidarity Projects has now closed (16 October 2018, 11am UK time). The accompanying guide for applicants (829 KB) and application support webinar are available for reference purposes only.

Occupational strand

Traineeships and Jobs

Traineeships and Jobs provide young people with opportunities for full-time paid work practice or employment for between 3-12 months (jobs) or 2-6 months (traineeships), enhancing their skills, experience and employability. For more information, download the European Commission factsheet (372 KB).

The 2018 application deadline for Traineeship and Jobs funding has now closed (16 October 2018, 11am UK time). The accompanying guide for applicants (979 KB) and application support webinar are available for reference purposes only.

Organisations from the UK need to apply for a Quality Label for the occupational strand in order to submit a funding application.

Please note that a Quality Label holder for Traineeships must ensure that Quality Framework for Traineeships is respected, as well as applicable national legislation, in particular regarding remuneration. As this may not be feasible within the UK, if you wish to submit a Traineeships application to the UK National Agency, you should only include Traineeships outside the UK. For further information, please contact the Erasmus+ UK National Agency European Solidarity Corps team.