General info

There are two successful editions of the ‘Discover e-volunteering’ behind us so far. The 1st edition of the Competition was organized in 2011, as one of the Flagship Projects of the European Year of Volunteering; it was also organized within the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The 2nd edition ended in 2013 with the ‘Discover e-volunteering. Change the WWWorld!’ Conference dedicated to digital social revolution that affects our daily life.



During two editions of the ‘Discover e-volunteering’ we have gathered over 140 good practices from 31 European countries. They are perfect examples of making good use of the power of e-communities and possibilities created by new technologies. These projects seem to be an accurate answer for social problems that can be solved by individuals and communities through the Internet. We are convinced that this base of good e-volunteering practices will serve as an inspiration for people willing to help others and a tool to change the negative image of the Internet.


The 3rd edition of the ‘Discover e-volunteering’ has got a new formula: it’s a grant competition, through which we want to support the great ideas for the e-volunteering projects in becoming true.


But what’s the most important: the competition is not only about giving grants – we’ll also provide the finalists with the workshops and mentoring sessions with experts, who’ll support them in creation of high-quality e-volunteering projects.


What do we search for?

Ideas for projects, in which Internet users in a voluntary and non-paid way support others, share their knowledge and skills or create something for social good. Projects can fit into one or more types of e-volunteering , but doesn’t have to – innovations are very welcome!




If you wan to know more on how to create a great e-volunteering project, see our useful guidelines:


There are two stages of the competition:

a. open call for short description of ideas for e-volunteering projects. After that stage the International Selection Committee will choose 10 Finalists, who will be invited to take part in the workshops in Poland and the mentoring session with experts and then they will be asked to submit detailed descriptions of their ideas.

b. call for detailed description of e-volunteering projects.


Who can take part in the competition?

Every non-governmental organization (NGO) from Europe, that has an idea for e-volunteering project.

Important! If the NGOs is planning to cooperate with employee volunteers when implementing the project, it will receive bonus points during the assessment!


How to participate?

Fill in the application form.


Step 1.

Call for applications – apply before July 15th,2014

To enter the competition, just fill-in the on-line application form. The online application form consists of 29 short questions that will take you approximately 15 minutes to fill in.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !


Step 2.

Choosing 10 finalists of the competition (September 2014)

Entries that passed the formal verification and regional assessment will be assessed by the International Selection Committee with the compliance of following criteria:

  • Innovativeness of the proposed e-volunteering actions
  • Real use of the Internet in the e-volunteering activities,
  • Real involvement of e-volunteers in the project,
  • Cooperation with employee volunteers,
  • Cooperation with employee volunteers.

Finalists will be announced in September 2014.


Step 3.

Workshops for Finalists in Poland (October 2014)

The aim of the workshop is to support Finalists in preparation of the detailed descriptions of their projects requested during the second call for applications in October, 2014.


Workshops will include: 

  1. General knowledge (e.g. e-volunteering – what’s this?, how to promote the project?, how to manage the team?),
  2. Workshops in groups, dedicated to each type of e-volunteering (e.g. what should we pay special attention to while organizing the civic journalism project?).
  3. Individual mentoring sessions with experts.


After the workshops Finalists will have the opportunity to work with experts on-line.


Step 4.

Call for detailed description of e-volunteering projects (November 2014)

After workshops and mentoring Finalists will be asked to submit detailed descriptions of their ideas.


Step 5.

Open on-line voting on Facebook (December 2014)

While the second International Selection Committee assessment, all Finalists will take part in the open on-line voting, through which Facebook community will choose one Finalist, who will receive a grant.


Step 6.

Announcement of winners (December 2014).

Announcement of winners will take part during the videoconference.


What can you win?


4 grants x 2000 euro for the development of your e-volunteering project!


Professional mentoring

Finalists will have the opportunity to attend the workshops and mentoring session with experts on e-volunteering and the usage of ICTs in social projects.



All projects submitted to the competition will be published in the database of good e-volunteering practices – the first database of that kind in Europe! Finalists will be promoted across Europe during intensive campaign accompanying the online voting and then during the ‘Discover e-volunteering. Change the WWWorld!’ videoconference.



Meet inspiring people from the whole Europe!

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