Projects and grants

The European Solidarity Corps allows young people to gain valuable experience, whether through volunteer stays, involvement in an internship or by acquiring work experience abroad. The programme supports volunteer projects and partnerships, internships and jobs, as well as solidarity projects.

Which organisations can get involved in these projects?

  • Public and private organisations and institutions from EU member states may participate and submit applications.
  • Organisations from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Northern Macedonia, Turkey and countries neighbouring the EU may participate as partners in individual projects.

Solidarity projects

 A solidarity project is initiated, prepared and implemented by a group of young people who express solidarity by responding to key challenges in the local community, thereby contributing to positive change. This is a national initiative, but it reflects European values.

Project goals

To seek solutions to current and future social problems, to reinforce mutual understanding, thereby contributing to positive changes and to work towards a more inclusive society. Inclusion is an important aspect of solidarity projects.

Who can get involved?

  • an informal group of at least five young people aged between 18 and 30 years inclusive, resident in the CR, who are also registered in the European Solidarity Corps Database
  • a group of young people may also apply under the auspices of an organisation which will carry out, for example, administrative tasks
  • the group may be supported by a coach.

What should I take into consideration?

  • the project duration is 2-12 months
  • there are 3 deadlines each year (February, April and October)
  • you should set clear project goals, as well as the activities you will organise to achieve them.

What does the funding cover?

  • costs associated with project management - 500 EUR/ month
  • costs of a coach - 137 EUR/day (max. 12 days)
  • extraordinary expenses, 100% on application.

Procedure for submitting applications

  1. Read the Handbook for the European Solidarity Corps programme (available in English and Czech for 2020). 

  2. Register your organisation or group of young people on the European portal, where you will receive a unique registration number (OID). You will need this when you fill out the funding application. If you have already registered on the participant portal (URF), you will not have to re-register. Your PIC number will automatically be converted to an OID number. 

  3. Complete the online application form for the activity selected. We recommend that you save the application ID number for future reference. 

  4. Attach a signed affidavit (scan).

  5. You can expect to receive the results of the selection procedure on the website within 3 months and, subsequently, in writing.  

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Termíny výzev

  • Solidární projekty
    • 28. května a 5. října ve 12:00

Volunteer projects

Volunteer projects target young people who are interested in actively participating in world events through local activities, while at the same time acquiring valuable experience.

  • to enable young people to respond to major social changes
  • to enable volunteers to acquire useful experience, skills and competencies for their personal, educational, civic and professional development 
  • to improve young people’s chances on the labour market 
  • to develop local and regional organisations and communities

Both, volunteer projects and partnerships can include the following types of activities:

Individual volunteering 

Unpaid volunteer solidarity activities involve full-time work (30-36 hours a week) for a period of 2 to 12 months. In certain cases, volunteer activities lasting from 2 weeks to 2 months may be introduced for young people with limited opportunities. This type of solidarity activity enables young people to participate in the organisation’s everyday work. Activities can either take place in the volunteer’s country of origin (in-country), or abroad (cross-border).

Volunteer teams 

Groups of 10 to 40 young volunteers from at least two different countries can participate in team activities for a period of between 2 weeks and 2 months. These short-term activities, which demonstrate solidarity, may help to include young people with limited opportunities in the European Solidarity Corps. 

Conditions for involvement

  • The organisation must have Erasmus+ volunteer accreditation, or the appropriate European Solidarity Corps Quality Label accreditation for volunteering. 
  • At least two organisations must be involved in the project – one hosting and one supporting. However, this is not essential for activities in the volunteer’s country of origin (national activity) and nor is it necessary for volunteer teams, where the minimum requirement is to have at least one hosting or supporting organisation. 
  • Young people can express their interest in participating by registering in the European Solidarity Corps Database. Organisations must select participants through this portal. 

Organisations participating in volunteer activities should have the following roles

  • Hosting role - covering a whole range of activities relating to hosting a volunteer from the Solidarity Corps, providing advice and support for all phases of the project
  • Supporting role - covering support, preparation and training of participants prior to their actual departure for the project, connecting volunteers and host organisations and providing support for volunteers returning to their country of origin

Projects follow these phases

  1. Preparation (including practical arrangements, selection of participants, completing an agreement with partners and participants, language / intercultural / content training for participants before leaving)

  2. Activity implementation

  3. Follow-up (including evaluation of activities, formal recognition of the volunteer's educational results, certificate of participation, dissemination of project results)

What does the funding cover?

  • travel costs 
  • organisational support (a contribution to living expenses, support for participants, project management costs) 
  • pocket money for volunteers 
  • language support 
  • support for integration, insurance 
  • extraordinary expenses

Submitting Applications Procedure

  1. Read the Handbook for the European Solidarity Corps programme (available in English and Czech for 2020).

  2. Register your organisation or group of young people on the european portal, where you will receive a unique registration number (OID). You will need this when you fill out the funding application. If you have already registered on the participant portal (URF), you will not have to re-register. Your PIC number will automatically be converted to an OID number.

  3. Make sure you have a valid Erasmus + Youth accreditation (this accreditation is only valid for European Solidarity Corps Voluntary Projects and Partnerships and only for the 2018-2021 programming period) OR apply for a Quality Label no later than 8 weeks before the next deadline for grant applications. You can apply for a Quality Label at this website. 

  4. A specific Quality Label is required for each Corps activity (volunteer projects, volunteer partnerships, internships and jobs).

  5. Complete the online application form for the selected activity. We recommend that you save the application ID number for future reference.

  6. Attach the required documents to the electronic application (download directly in the on-line application form, in the Attachments section): a signed affidavit (scan) and a table of activities. 

  7. You can expect to receive the results of the selection procedure on the website within 3 months and, subsequently, in writing. 

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Termíny výzev

  • Individuální dobrovolnictví
    • 28. května a 5. října ve 12:00
  • Dobrovolnické týmy
    • 28. května a 5. října ve 12:00

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