The general objective of the European Solidarity Corps Funding 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 priorities for this Funding Programme are:
- Inclusion and Diversity;
- Environmental protection, Sustainable development, and Climate action;
- Digital transformation;
- Prevention, promotion, and support in the field of health.
In order to achieve its objectives, the European Solidarity Corps implements four Actions structured into two strands:
Participation of young people in solidarity activities:
- Volunteering Projects;
- Volunteering Teams in High Priority Areas;
- Solidarity Projects.
Participation of young people in humanitarian aid related solidarity activities (“Volunteering under the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps”):
- Humanitarian Aid Volunteering projects.