The European Commission is calling for proposals to support youth volunteering activities

The European Commission has launched its first call for proposals under the new European Solidarity Corps (2021-2027). The European Solidarity Corps supports young people who want to volunteer throughout the EU and beyond, ranging from helping people in difficulty to supporting action in the field of health and the environment. Health will be a priority this year, and volunteers will be invited to work on projects addressing health issues, including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and recovery.

The new program for 2021-2027 With a budget of more than € 1 billion for 2007-2013, almost 275,000 young people have the opportunity to help solve societal challenges and humanitarian challenges by volunteering or setting up their own solidarity projects. More than € 138 million is available in its first year of operation. From next year, the program will also give young people the opportunity to volunteer in humanitarian aid operations around the world to help tackle humanitarian problems in safe third countries and thus contribute to EU support activities.

The new European Solidarity Corps supports the EU's overarching political priorities by encouraging the involvement of organizations and young people. Four directions are highlighted:

  • to promote inclusion and diversity ;
  • make projects greener and promote environmentally sustainable and responsible behavior among participants and member organizations;
  • to support the digital transformation through projects and activities that enhance digital skills, foster digital literacy and raise awareness of the risks and opportunities of digital technologies;
  • to promote the participation of young people in democratic processes and civic participation.

More about the possibilities to apply for support and conditions here: