European Solidarity Corps (ESC)


The European Solidarity Corps brings together young people to build a more inclusive society, supporting vulnerable people and responding to societal and humanitarian challenges. It offers an inspiring and empowering experience for young people who want to help, learn and develop and provides a single entry point for such solidarity activities throughout the Union and beyond.

Programme Description

The Programme opens up more and better opportunities covering a broad range of areas, such as integration of migrants, environmental challenges, prevention of natural disasters, education and youth activities, preservation of cultural heritage, humanitarian aid. It also supports national and local actors, in their efforts to cope with different societal challenges and crises. 

By extending its scope to cover volunteering activities in support of humanitarian aid operations, the European Solidarity Corps provides needs-based emergency aid and helps to deliver assistance, relief and protection where most needed. It thus helps addressing not only unmet societal needs in Europe but also humanitarian challenges in third countries.
The activities of the European Solidarity Corps support the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy for 2019-20273 which encourages young people to become active citizens, agents of solidarity and positive change for communities across Europe, inspired by EU values and a European identity.

Total Budget

€ 1,009 billion (page 13 of the call document)

Thematic Categories

  • Social Affairs & Human Rights
  • Youth

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • International Organisations
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • State-owned Enterprises

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


EU Contact Point

European Commission – Directorate General Education & Culture (DG EAC)

European Commission – Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

National Agencies

Programme/Sub-programme/Plan Calls
  • Volunteering in support of humanitarian aid operations


    Code: 17408 | Identifier Code: ESC-HUMAID-2022-VOLUN | Programme name: European Solidarity Corps (ESC) | Start submission calls: 01/12/2021 | End submission calls: 03/05/2022

    The projects funded under Humanitarian Aid volunteering should:

    •  where relevant, facilitate the transition from the humanitarian response to long-term sustainable and inclusive development
    • contribute to strengthening the capacity and resilience of vulnerable or disaster-affected communities;
    • reinforce disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction;
    • link relief, rehabilitation and development;
    • ensure a high level of safety and security for volunteers.