European Solidarity Corps Programme 2021-2027 ESC Open!


The general objective of the Programme is to enhance the engagement of young people and organisations in accessible and high-quality solidarity activities, primarily volunteering, as a means to strengthen cohesion, solidarity, democracy, European identity and active citizenship in the Union and beyond, addressing societal and humanitarian challenges on the ground, with a particular focus on the promotion of sustainable development, social inclusion and equal opportunities.
The specific objective of the Programme is to provide young people, including young people with fewer opportunities, with easily accessible opportunities for engagement in solidarity activities that induce positive societal changes in the Union and beyond, while improving and properly validating their competences, as well as facilitating their continuous engagement as active citizens.


The Programme shall support the following actions:

  1. volunteering
  2. solidarity projects
  3. networking activities
  4. quality and support measures

The Programme shall support solidarity activities which present a clear European added value, for example through their:

  1. transnational character, particularly with regard to learning mobility and cooperation;
  2. ability to complement other programmes and policies at local, regional, national, Union and international level;
  3. European dimension regarding their themes and aims, approaches, expected outcomes and other aspects of those solidarity activities;
  4. approach to involving young people from different backgrounds;
  5. contribution to the effective use of Union transparency and recognition tools

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 1.009,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

Further information about the programme

Useful documents

Official webpage of the programme