The call for proposals for European Solidarity Corps volunteering Teams in high priority areas is now open. They foster the implementation of large-scale projects supporting volunteering activities with the aim to carry out short-term high-impact interventions that address societal challenges in policy areas defined at EU level.
The main goal of the volunteering teams is 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. 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;
- enable the young volunteer(s) to gain skills and competences which are useful for their personal, educational, social and professional development;
- promote solidarity across Member States;
- 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.
Moreover, the projects shall also take into account the following European general priorities:
- 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 latest news help in finding the core-puropose of the priorities: for example, as the call says, “as part of the European cultural heritage priority, reconstruction projects could be supported, including Notre Dame de Paris“.
The total budget available for the co-financing of projects under the present call is EUR 1 018 325, according to the annual work programme too. The Agency calculates to fund a total number of nine proposals.
The application must be filled through the dedicated E-form, together with all the annexes provided on the official page of the call, by 19 September 2019 at 12.00 (midday, Brussels time). For more information on the eligible applicants, visit the official call.