LIFE Preparatory Projects for the European Solidarity Corps – Application deadline is 25th August 2017
Part of the LIFE Programme for the Environment, the aim of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is to offer people under 30 in Europe the chance to support a non-governmental organisation (NGO), local authority or private company active in addressing challenging situations across the European Union. It focuses mainly on conservation of Natura 2000 sites, environmental protection, restoration of natural areas and ecosystems and on capacity building on voluntary services among ongoing LIFE projects.
This Call for Proposals is aimed at selecting organisations in Europe that will deploy volunteers for in-country volunteering in environment protection activities in line with the European Solidarity Corps objectives. The scope of supported activities under this Call will be environmental protection, nature conservation and restoration of natural areas and ecosystems, mainly the Natura 2000 network.
Successful organisations will have to arrange the placement for at least 100 volunteers in countries of their residence on activities focused on environmental protection, nature conservation and restoration of natural areas and ecosystems (mainly Natura 2000 sites and species protected by the Birds and Habitats Directive) at all levels. Each volunteer will have to undertake activities of an overall duration between two and 12 months. The activities could be discontinuous (ie during the weekends and the summer holidays) if needed according to the will of the volunteer and the needs on the ground.
The Call is open to public or private bodies, actors or institutions registered in the European Union. Applicants may fall into three types of organisation:
- Public bodies.
- Private commercial organisations.
- Private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs).
The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects under LIFE preparatory projects to support the deployment of European Solidarity Corps is estimated at €3 million, out of which €2 million is financed by the LIFE programme and €1.8 million is from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
There is no minimum or maximum size for LIFE preparatory project budgets. The maximum EU co-financing rate is 60% of the eligible project costs. However, reimbursement of the individual and organisational support for volunteers and their travel costs will be co-financed with a rate of up to 75% and will be based on unit cost rates.
The deadline for applications is 25 August 2017.
Download the application pack via this link- 2nd ESC call 2017 Application files
Contact mail for this fund: ENV-LIFESELECTION@ec.europa.eu