The newly-released matching tool allows accredited organisations to recruit participants for solidarity projects.

The European Solidarity Corps is a new EU initiative to support volunteering and work experience opportunities for young people.

The hundreds of European Solidarity Corps placements will become available this spring, with thousands to follow in the coming months.

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said:

Today, the European Solidarity Corps is taking a huge step towards delivering on the ground. Now that we are opening our database to organisations and public authorities, matching can start and the first young Europeans will soon begin their activities. I am proud to see that many young people have already joined the Corps and are ready to make a difference. Now I encourage organisations to follow suit and provide as many placements a possible.

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How to find volunteers for your project

Over 23,000 young people have signed up to the European Solidarity Corps since its launch in December 2016. Most are interested in volunteering opportunities.

The new matching tool, the Placement Administration and Support System, allows organisations to search the database of potential participants. The tool is available for accredited organisations. Currently all European Voluntary Service accredited organisations have received access to it.

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Diagram of the recruitment process

Diagram: The recruitment process for European Solidarity Corps explained

The matching tool does not replace the European Youth Portal's volunteering database but complements it by providing a huge bank of motivated young people.

You can access the tool by clicking on the 'login' button on the European Solidarity Corps pages or by clicking on the 'Administrator login' button at the bottom of other European Youth Portal pages.

Once logged in, accredited organisations can search for the profiles that they need and contact potential project participants to begin the selection process.

How to become an accredited organisation

The European Solidarity Corps brings together opportunities from 8 contributing EU programmes. As well as the European Voluntary Service, organisations can apply for funding through:

To become an accredited organisation and receive funding for a European Solidarity Corps project, your organisation must be selected for funding through one of the programmes listed above. For European Voluntary Service projects, organisations should contact the Erasmus+ National Agency for Youth in their country to receive accreditation and apply for a grant at April or October deadlines. Some of the application windows for other schemes have closed for 2017, yet several remain open.

Information on the various funding opportunities for organisations and deadlines are available on page 2 of the factsheet below.

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European Solidarity Corps: How to take part as an organisation?

Factsheet: European Solidarity Corps: How to take part as an organisation?