If you want to make a positive change in your local community, then you can join forces with your friends to create a Solidarity Project. Just make sure all of you are registered with us.
What is a Solidarity Project?
Think about challenges in your neighbourhood and the causes that matter to you. Your project should be devoted to these types of challenge, but it can also help tackle regional or even national issues.
Your project should also demonstrate ‘European value’ – drawing on priorities identified by the EU, such as inclusion, climate change, democratic engagement, citizenship or gender equality.
The project can last from 2 to 12 months and will be mainly part-time. So you can do it in your free time.
Who can take part?
To take part in a Solidarity Project, you have to live in one of the participating countries.
Your group must contain at least 5 people (between 18 and 30 years) who are legally residing in the same country (there is no maximum number of people).
What financial support do I get?
You can expect €500 a month to cover the cost of managing and implementing the project. We will also cover costs linked to the involvement of a coach in the project, if one is needed.
How to apply
Unlike volunteering, traineeship or jobs (where you apply to organisations), with Solidarity Projects you request direct funding for your project.
To do so, you have to meet the deadlines set in the general call for project proposals and submit your project as a formal application (see Open Calls).
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 – reach out to other young people in your community and form a group with a common idea or topic.
- Get everyone registered – all members of the group should join the Corps.
- Have an organisation ID (OID) – one member of the group takes the role of ‘group leader’ and registers for an OID, by creating an account with the European Commission.
Don’t forget that you can find an organisation that is willing to apply on your behalf. They could be one that is already registered and has an OID; if not, they will obtain one for you.
As soon as you’ve registered and have your OID, you can continue with the next steps (even while you’re waiting for it to be approved).
- Do your homework – read:
- the specific guidance on Solidarity Projects in the European Solidarity Corps Guide
- the relevant pages on your National Agency site
- this sample application form
If you need more information, your National Agency can help you with your application.
- Create your project – structure your ideas (goals, group members, expected outcomes, budget, activities, etc.).
- Submit your application – using the ESC31 Solidarity Projects application form.
Don’t miss the deadline, and good luck!
/!\ There might be exceptions depending on the participating country, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more detail.
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