Join the Corps!

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 Projects 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 Lead Organistion
  • Quality Label for Volunteering- supporting and/or hosting role

What is a Lead Organistion? 

The Quality Label as Lead Organisation is now mandatory to lead an ESC project. To submit your request for contributions to fund ESC volunteering projects and volunteering teams is now necessary, firstly, to apply for the Quality Label ESC50. The Lead Organisation can request contributions with reference to hosting mobility and coordination in its country, but also to outgoing mobility and coordination to send volunteers abroad.

If your organisation has KA110 Erasmus Accreditation this will only be valid until 31 December 2021, after December your organization will not have a valid quality label. Thus your organisation will need to apply for a new quality label (ESC50) in order to be a host/supporting/lead organisation in any volunteering project.

If on the other hand your organisation is in the possession of a Host/Supporting Quality Label this has been automatically extended until December 2027. Kindly note that Host/Supporting Quality Labels will not allow you to be a lead organisation. If you would like to be a lead organisation for a volunteering project you are asked to fill in the lead section of the ESC50.

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is not in line with the European Solidarity Corps Charter , the Quality Label may be temporarily suspended or withdrawn by the Maltese National Agency.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 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:

 

Apply for the Quality Label here

 

Volunteering Projects Round 1: 28 May 2021

Round 2: 5 October 2021

Volunteering Teams in high priority areas*  5 October 2021
Solidarity Projects Round 1 : 28 May 2021

Round 2 : 5 October 2021

*“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 2021, applications for funding under this Action are expected to address the below policy priorities:

This year’s priority is focused on COVID 19 impact and recovery, particularly through supporting the health and social care systems with activities tackling prevention, promotion and support in the field of health; addressing major health challenges (i.e. life threatening illnesses like cancer) and promoting health, healthy lifestyle, physical activity and well being overall.

For the purpose of this call, applications for funding could:

  • contribute to the improvement of health and well being of vulnerable people, including persons affected by chronic or life threatening diseases (e.g. cancer); 
  • contribute to building inclusive societies through protecting vulnerable groups as people with drug alcohol dependence, elderly and children, migrants, homeless etc. from COVID 19 impact and other diseases.

Additionally, to increase the quality and impact of the action, projects would integrate complementary activities to:

  • foster European cooperation to strengthen the capacity of the solidarity sector to tackle common European challenges, such as health crisis, protection of vulnerable groups through networking and exchanging experiences;
  • raise awareness about prevention through campaigns, promotion and information dissemination, public discussions in order to improve the general health of European populations.