Call for proposals 2019 - European Solidarity Corps - Volunteering Teams in high priority areas EAC/A01/2019 Closed!


The European Solidarity Corps aims to promote solidarity as a value, mainly through volunteering, to enhance the engagement of young people and organisations in accessible and high quality solidarity activities as a means to contribute to strengthening cohesion, solidarity, democracy and citizenship in Europe, while also responding to societal challenges and strengthening communities, with particular effort to promote social inclusion. It shall also contribute to European cooperation that is relevant to young people.
Volunteering Teams in high priority areas will particularly aim to:

  • address clearly defined unmet societal needs;
  • promote solidarity across Member States;
  • enable the young volunteer(s) to gain skills and competences which are useful for their personal, educational, social and professional development;
  • provide tangible benefits to the communities within which the activities are carried out;
  • reach out to young people with fewer opportunities including refugees, asylum seekers and migrants;
  • promote diversity, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, common values of freedom, tolerance and respect of human rights as well as on projects enhancing media literacy, critical thinking and sense of initiative of young people;
  • reinforce the capacities and international scope of the participating organisations;
  • raise participants’ awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries, offering them the opportunity to build networks of international contacts, to actively participate in society and develop a sense of European citizenship and identity.

In addition to pursuing the above objectives, proposals submitted under the present call must address one or more of the three priorities listed below:

  • European cultural heritage;
  • integration of third-country nationals (including asylum seekers and refugees);
  • response to environmental challenges, including disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery (excluding immediate disaster response)


The following type of activities are eligible:

  • Volunteering Teams are solidarity activities that allow teams of participants coming from at least two different countries to volunteer together for a period between 2 weeks and 2 months. In volunteering teams, European Solidarity Corps’ volunteers will carry out tasks for a project over a short period of time. Despite their shorter duration, these activities will be valuable both for the individuals and for the communities benefitting from this service.
  • Advance planning visits are planning visits before the start of the volunteering activities to ensure high quality activities by facilitating and preparing administrative arrangements, building trust and understanding and setting-up a solid partnership between the organisations and people involved.
  • Complementary activities are relevant side activities designed to add value and augment the results of the project as well as to strengthen its impact on the local, regional, and/or European level. These complementary activities also aim at raising awareness of the value of volunteering for young people and for communities as well as at strengthening the recognition of the skills and competences gained by the volunteers.

European community funding

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

  • 1,02 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 19 September 2019 - more than one year ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call 2019 - European Solidarity Corps - Volunteering Teams in high priority areas (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

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

  • Any legal organisation

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
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Education and Culture

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