Applying For European Solidarity Corps Volunteering Projects

How Do We Apply?

Apply online on the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps portal. 

This portal is managed centrally by the European Union, and accepts applications from all programme countries.

Make sure to use the correct form for your project type, Volunteering Projects. If you don’t use the correct form, your application will not be eligible.

What Do We Need to Have?

You must have an Organisation Identification (OID) to show that your organisation is registered to receive funding. Our OID Guide will take you through this process. Your organisation must hold a Quality Label for the kind of activity in your project.

Finally, you must have a completed application form with all the required attachments.

When Do We Apply?

Apply before 11:00am Irish time (noon Brussels time) on the day of the deadline that applies to your project type. We recommend you apply no later than the day before the deadline, to limit the chance of technical problems.

What If We Are Late?

Late submissions can not be accepted. If you miss the official application deadline you will not be able to apply. The only case in which late applications may be eligible is if there is a technical problem on the side of the European Commission, not of the applicant. There are very specific conditions where a late application caused by a technical problem can be accepted.

These are:

  • The date and time of the last submission attempt (listed in the submission summary) is before the deadline.
  • You inform the Programme Finance and Operations team of the difficulty within 24 hours of the application deadline.
  • You email the complete, unmodified application form (in pdf format) within two hours of the application deadline, along with a screenshot of any error notification.

We will then review the issue and decide whether or not the late submission is eligible. If it is, we will inform you of the next steps for submission.

European Solidarity Corps volunteers with Galway Community Circus jumping in the air

What Happens After We Apply?

Your application will be checked by our Programme Operation and Finance team to make sure it is eligible to be considered for funding. The main types of check are:

  • Technical eligibility check – this confirms that your application was submitted on time, that your group is eligible to take part, and that you used the correct application form.
  • Financial Capacity Check – this confirms that your organisation has the resources to manage the level of funding requested.

How Is Our Application Evaluated?

Sectoral experts evaluate and rank each application using the criteria explained in the European Solidarity Corps Programme Guide. The top ranking applications are selected for funding.

When Will We Hear If We Have Been Successful?

The evaluation process takes several weeks to complete, especially if there is a high volume of applications. Generally, you will hear if you have been successful about two months after the deadline.

Do You Provide Feedback on Applications?

Yes, all applications receive feedback from our expert evaluators. Organisations whose applications have been selected for funding may receive recommendations for carrying out a high-quality project.   Organisations whose applications have not been selected for funding may receive recommendations for improving and strengthening future applications.

Can We Re-submit Our Application If It Was Not Successful?

Yes, you can re-submit your application before the next deadline. We strongly urge you to review and act on any recommendations you received, to increase your chances of future success.

Where Can I Find Out More?

The European Commission website has more information on how to apply, and a complete Guide for Applicants.

You can also email the European Solidarity Corps team with any queries.

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Apply for European Solidarity Corps funding

To apply for European Solidarity Corps funding you must use the European online application form and submit it by 11:00am Irish time on the morning of the deadline.


Click here to access the Erasmus+ 2024 deadlines page.

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Meet the Team

Suzanne Kavanagh

Senior Support & Development Officer, European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871242

Noeleen O’Callaghan

Support & Development Officer, European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871219

Emmanuelle Place

Senior Finance Officer (Acting), Erasmus+ Youth & European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871207

Violetta Aucone

Finance Officer, Erasmus+ Youth & European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871216

Nicola Sherry

Operations Officer, Erasmus+ & European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871212

Carlos Barceló

Operations Officer, Erasmus+ Youth & European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871235

Seána Sweeney

Operations Officer, Erasmus+ Youth & European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871237