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:
If you are a legal resident in a EU country, you can take part in the Solidarity Projects.
Visit the European Solidarity Corps page for some inspiration!
Ideally everyone in the group should have some special skills that can make the project happen, for example someone taking care of partnerships, logistics, social media and communication.
No, these project are to be implemented on a regional and national context. If you want to organise an international activity, as a youth group you can organise a Youth Exchange! The application process is very similar!