What is a Solidarity Project?
A Solidarity Project is an activity that a young person can carry out in a group of five people or more to help to bring positive change to the local community. It is set up and implemented by young people themselves in a place where they live.
Think about challenges in your neighbourhood and the causes that matter to you. The project should be devoted to challenges within your community, but it can also help to tackle regional or even national issues. Together with addressing the local challenges, a Solidarity Project should also demonstrate European value by taking priorities identified at European level such as, for instance, inclusion, climate change, democratic engagement, citizenship or gender equality.
The project can last from 2 to 12 months and it is mainly part-time. So you can do it in your free time.
Who can take part?
Anyone between 18 and 30 years old residing in any of the European Solidarity Corps participating country (all European Union countries, Iceland, Turkey and North Macedonia). Minimum 5 people from one and the same country should form a group. There is no maximum number of participants in the group.
What financial support do I get?
You can expect 500€ per month to support your project and these are costs that are linked to the management and implementation of the project. We will also cover costs linked to the involvement of a coach in the project if needed.
How to apply?
Applying for Solidarity Projects is a straightforward process and is done via web forms. Your application will be assessed by the National Agency of the country you are residing in. You can do it yourself or if you’d like, you could choose to work with an experienced organisation when applying for funding.
In the application form, you will be asked questions such as why you want to carry out this project, how it will benefit the community, and which activities you are planning to run during the preparation and implementation of the idea.
Before you apply…
- Create your group: call other young people from your community and bring together your group with a common idea or topic.
- Get everyone registered: all members of the group should join the European Solidarity Corps Portal.
- Have a PIC number: one member of the group takes the role of ‘group leader’ and registers on the Participant Portal to obtain a Participant Identification Code (PIC). To register, you will be asked to create an EU Login Account. Don’t forget that you can identify an organisation that is willing to apply on your behalf (either they already are registered on the Participant Portal and have a PIC, or they will obtain one). It is important to note that you can proceed to the next steps as soon as you have registered and obtained your PIC, even before it has been approved.
- Do your homework: Read the specific guidance - the European Solidarity Corps Guide (page 52-57) and information on the websites of your National Agency. Should you need further information, you may contact your National Agency to ask for help. The National Agency will guide you and help to prepare you for successful application! Check out this copy of the webform to know what to expect when filling the form.
- Create your project: structure your ideas - think about objectives of your project, who will be in your group, what outcomes do you expect to achieve, how much budget will your project need and what activities will be carried out and fill the application webform in.
6. Submit your application: Apply online via ESC31 Solidarity Projects web form. Upcoming deadline is on 1 October 2019 12:00 Brussels time. Don’t miss the deadline, and good luck!
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