Solidarity Projects – ESC
The Solidarity Projects from the European Solidarity Corps is a youth-led activity that aims to give the power and voice to young people to start their own projects and create the change they want to see in their community. These activities should have a local, regional or national impact and can be focused on different challenges from environmental causes to social inclusion.
To carry out a Solidarity Project, it is necessary to have a group of, at least five young people between 18 and 30 years old. Considering that the activities will happen on a national level, the members of the group needs to live all in the same country. The programme countries for this activities include the following:
There is the possibility to apply for this projects with a support organisation, nevertheless it needs to be the group of young people having the project’s ideia and implementing the activities. In case the group doesn’t have a representative organisation, one of the participants needs to be the legal representative. The legal representative is responsible to sign the documents, be in contact with the national agency and receive the grant.
The Solidarity Projects should last between 2 and 12 months. The duration should be defined by the group, as well as the activities to be implement throughout its duration.
The National Agency allocates a monthly grant of 500€ for the group to use during the implementation of the project. These grant should cover costs related to logistics and transport.
In case the group is made of young people with fewer opportunities, it is possible to ask for extra budget to support them to actively be part and contribute to the Solidarity Project.
There is also the possibility to request for funds for a coach, which will be responsible to support and accompany the group of young people. The role of the coach can vary between the different projects and the request for funds needs to be well justified. His work can not last longer than 12 days. The coach costs vary between countries, stated in the table bellow:
|Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden||241€|
|Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Iceland||214€|
|Cyprus, Czechia, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain||137€|
|Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Republic of North Macedonia, Turkey||74€|
Applying for a Solidarity Project is fairly easy and there are some steps that you need to consider:You will need to create an account in the Erasmus+ platform for the actions managed by the national agencies. If you are going to apply with an organisation, they should be already registered, but if you are a group of young people, you will have to create an account and register your informal group in the platform.
After registering, you will have access to the forms. It is important to note that each form opens around three months before the deadlines. Every year there are three application rounds.
In the forms you will have to add the Participant Reference Number of the elements of the team. To get this number, you must be registered in the European Solidarity Corps platform.
After you just have to fill the application form. Ensure that you give detailed answers to all questions and that the project has an impact. In case you need support, we advise you to schedule a meeting with the National Agency in your home country.