A new initiative that will help young people make a difference to society across the continent has been agreed by the European Union. The first call for European Solidarity Corps funding is expected in the autumn.
Recently the European Parliament and the European Council reached a political agreement on the European Commission's proposal to provide the Solidarity Corps with its own budget and legal framework until 2020.
The initiative will support 18 to 30-year-olds to volunteer or work for projects that benefit communities and people around Europe or in the UK. Organisations of all types will be able to apply for Solidarity Corps funding.
An overall budget of €375.6 million is available for the period 2018-2020 shared between two strands:
- Volunteering has been allocated 90% of the budget, which includes placements, teams and youth-led, in-country activities called Solidarity Projects; and
- Occupational, with the remaining 10% of the budget.
The programme will be implemented in the UK by the Erasmus+ National Agency.
UK organisations and young people will be able to find out about Solidarity Corps opportunities via a dedicated website to be launched soon. In the meantime, you can subscribe to the European Solidarity Corps UK newsletter to receive news about the initiative.