How can an organisation get involved?
In order to participate in the European Solidarity Corps projects, organisations should obtain a Quality Label. A Quality Label ensures compliance with the principles and objectives of the European Solidarity Corps. Organisations apply for a Quality Label to the National Agency of their country or regional SALTOs in case of Partner Countries. Applications for Quality Label can be submitted on a continuous basis through here.
The Quality Label is an entry ticket for the European Solidarity Corps. It is a prerequisite for participation in Volunteering, Traineeships and Jobs but does not automatically lead to a European Solidarity Corps project grant.
An organisation can apply for different scopes and roles of Quality Label, depending on the Actions it wishes to be involved in, as well as for a combination of several Quality Labels;
- Quality Label for Volunteering- supporting and/or hosting role
- Quality Label for Traineeships
- Quality Label for Jobs
Organisations with a valid European Voluntary Service accreditation can apply for volunteering activities without holding a Quality Label.
All organisations will undergo checks to receive a Quality Label and to run projects for the European Solidarity Corps. If the organisation is not in line with the European Solidarity Corps Charter , the Quality Label may be temporarily suspended or withdrawn by the Maltese National Agency.
As soon as the Quality Label has been awarded, organisations will have access to the European Solidarity Corps Portal where they can advertise their activities and look for participants.
How can an organisation apply for funding?
Any public or private organisation from a European Union Member State holding a Quality Label can submit applications for funding within set deadlines for volunteering, traineeships and jobs and Solidarity projects. Moreover, groups of young people registered in the European Solidarity Corps Portal may also apply for solidarity project funding.
Applications for Volunteering Teams in high priority areas should be addressed via online forms to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. Applications regarding the other actions should be submitted via online forms to the National Agency of the country in which the applicant organisation is established.
Eligible organisations and groups of young people should submit their applications by the following deadlines:
|Volunteering Partnerships ((specific agreements for 2020 under the FPA 2018-2020)||30 April 2020|
|Volunteering Projects||Round 1: 5 February 2020|
|Volunteering Teams in high priority areas*||17 September 2020|
|Traineeships and Jobs||Round 1: 5 February 2020|
|Solidarity Projects||Round 1: 5 February 2020|
*“Volunteering Teams in High Priority Areas” is a distinct project format that supports activities by volunteering teams with a specific focus on thematic priorities defined each year at EU level. For 2019, applications for funding under this Action are expected to address the below policy priorities:
i. European cultural heritage;
ii. Social inclusion of people with fewer opportunities;
iii. Response to environmental challenges and climate challenges, including disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery (excluding immediate disaster response)”.
If an organisation (accredited or holding a Quality Label) wishes to apply for Volunteering Teams in High Priority Areas, the information about the application forms and selection procedure will be available on the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) website.
For further details, please refer to the European Solidarity Corps Guide available here.