The European Commission has published a new call for proposals under the European Solidarity Corps. More than €96 million is being made available to support solidarity activities for young people in 2019. Solidarity activities include helping rebuild communities devastated by earthquake or floods, supporting asylum seekers or refugees and working with those with disabilities. The fund is open to 18 to 34 year olds for a two to 12 month period.
Since its launch in December 2016, there are now more than 10,000 young people active in projects since December 2016, which includes 150 from Ireland.
The Solidarity Corps creates opportunities for young people, including those in Ireland to support communities and individuals in need. Young people across Ireland, through this fund can lend a helping hand where it is needed. They will also gain invaluable experience.
Projects eligible for funding from the Solidarity Corps range from volunteering projects and partnerships to traineeships and jobs, in areas such as protecting European cultural heritage, fostering the social inclusion of people with fewer opportunities and tackling environmental and climate challenges.
Deadlines for submission of projects fall between 5th February and 1st October 2019 depending on the type of activity. Today's call follows the first one launched in August 2018. The evaluation of these applications is now reaching its final stages. Grants will be awarded before the end of the year, and the first activities are set to start at the beginning of 2019.
This is a great fund which is continuing to support communities and provide quality opportunities for young people in Ireland and across Europe. Already, this programme has been a great success and has brought together young people to build a more inclusive society, supporting vulnerable people and responding to a wide variety of challenges facing society across the continent.
For more information and to apply please see: https://europa.eu/youth/