Call for proposals - Pilot Projects on European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps ECHO-CORPS-2012 Closed!


The objective of this call is to select pilot projects that will support the Commission in the process leading-up to the establishment of a European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps through the implementation of pilot actions. The pilot actions shall test some of the possiblemodules of the future Corps and inform the European Commission's work setting up the Corps.


The pilot projects shall cover the whole project cycle from identifying, selecting, training and deploying volunteers as well as suitable hosting organisations in third countries for those volunteers. For the purpose of this call, three different Lots shall be attributed to achieve results:

  1. Lot 1: Strengthening resilience
  2. Lot 2: Building civil protection capacities
  3. Lot 3: Responding to disaster

The main expected results for all three lots are:

  • To provide opportunities for Europeans to engage as volunteers in humanitarian aid and/or civil protection activities outside the EU and to contribute to laying the grounds for a community of European volunteers active in this field;
  • To develop training curricula for volunteers in humanitarian aid based on best practice of humanitarian organisations and with a particular focus on the European dimension;
  • To add value to humanitarian aid operations in the fields of resilience, disaster risk reduction, crisis response and post crisis recovery through volunteering and by promoting partnerships between organisations active in humanitarian aid and/or civil protection operations;
  • To strengthen local capacities in countries in order to support resilience and/or response to crisis.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 2,45 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 05 March 2012 - 9 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche ECHO-CORPS-2012 (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Public authorities (all)

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries

Directorate-Generale responsible


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