Grants to increase the involvement of young people and organisations in accessible and high-quality solidarity activities, with the aim of contributing to greater cohesion, solidarity and democracy in the Union and beyond, addressing societal and humanitarian challenges on the ground, with particular efforts to promote social inclusion.
The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) replaces the European Voluntary Service, the EU volunteering programme, with an increased focus on social issues. The programme is required to be consistent and complementary with other EU policies, in particular with the EU youth strategy and with Erasmus+. The European Solidarity Corps offers young people between the ages of 18 and 30 the opportunity to take part in a wide range of solidarity activities across the EU.
The Programme sets up the following two strands of actions:
The Programme shall support solidarity activities which present a clear European added value, for example through their:
Protecting our Planet, Supporting Nature
Investing in Citizens for a Strong Social Europe
Enriching students, Connecting Europe
Promoting Diversity, Equality and Rights in the EU
Focused on Innovation and Research
Accelerating Europe’s Digital Transformation