Get Together! Strengthening Dialog between Refugees and Local Communities
Migration and Inclusion

Get Together! Strengthening Dialog between Refugees and Local Communities

The deadline for the submission of applications was October 15, 2017. The program will be probably starting again in the first quarter 2018.

We have all been affected by the societal developments emerging within the context of the migration of refugees. In order for us to all live together, we have to strengthen social cohesion and support and actively shape an open society characterized by diversity and solidarity.

With the Get Together! Strengthening Dialog between Refugees and Local Communities program, we support on-site contact between local populations and refugees on an equal footing in Germany.

What Role Does This Contact Play?

Prejudices can only be overcome when there is direct contact between the refugees and the local population - and based on curiosity, esteem, and respect. Among other results, this is demonstrated by a study titled From Arrival to Participation in Society: How Refugees View Their Lives in Germany funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung together with the SVR research unit.

According to the study, refugees want real social contact with the German population and stable personal relationships. For the development of long-term connections and friendships, it is therefore all the more important to create opportunities for personal contact that goes beyond the mere provision of support services.


What Does It Mean to Meet on an Equal Footing?

Joining forces to work toward a common goal – newcomers and people who have lived in a particular area for some time get the ball rolling on projects and benefit from each other’s strengths, skills, and experiences.

Who Can Apply?

  • Applications for funding are accepted for initiatives from communities with populations of less than 100,000 and from structurally disadvantaged regions in Germany. Initiators and partners may range from cultural and social institutions, communities, migrant organizations, refugee (self-) organizations, associations, and clubs.
  • The project has to be planned and carried out jointly by representatives from the local population along with refugees themselves. Ideally, all participants of a project will have the same rights and responsibilities with regard to the structure of a contact meeting.
  • New approaches as well as the transfer to the local area of project ideas that have already been tested elsewhere will be eligible for funding.
  • Target groups for the projects are, first and foremost, adults with and without a refugee background.
  • Possible funding can range as high as 20,000 euros, with the minimum project duration being three months.
  • One-time events (e.g. welcome events), language-only courses, and projects for trauma counseling are not eligible for funding. Cafés for contact meetings, online services for refugees, and purely leisure activities are not eligible for funding.


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  • How Do I Submit an Inquiry?

Please use our applicant website. Please ensure that your information is as precise and complete as possible. If necessary, you can save your application and then edit and submit it at a later date. You also have the option of uploading files.

  • Will the Robert Bosch Stiftung Help Me Develop and Plan My Project?

Due to the large number of projects, we are unable to help with the development and planning of individual projects or provide consultation in this regard. For this reason, please use the call for submissions to check whether your completed concept for the program is suitable and meets the requirements. Concrete questions regarding the program whose answers cannot be determined from the call for submissions will be answered individually via e-mail.

  • What Does It Mean to Meet on Equal Footing?

The program should avoid reducing refugees to projects or aid recipients; instead, it should make it possible for refugees to be actively included in society. This can only be achieved by carrying out a mutual process. It is up to you and your creativity to find suitable approaches for creating contact on an equal footing.

  • Can Language Cafés, Language Courses, and Classes Receive Funding?

Our program aims to make it possible for refugees to be included in society so that they can act in concert with the local populations and on equal footing. German language skills are a necessary key to doing so. In order to incorporate refugees into the everyday life of society on a long-term basis, however, the project goal must go beyond just language acquisition - even if this does always play an indirect role. For this reason, projects such as language cafés, language courses, and classes are not eligible for funding.

  • Creating a Place for Contact - Is That Enough?

Creating contact places is a prerequisite for refugees being able to take part in everyday society. The goal of Get Together! is to shape these places such that commonalities - for example interests and needs - become apparent. And we set no limits to your creativity in this regard - societal inclusion comes in many colors.

  • Can Digital Platforms Such As Online Portals or Apps Receive Funding?

Get Together! aims to break down prejudices held between the local population and refugees in a particular area. One way to do this is direct in-person contact on equal footing. Digital platforms such as online portals or apps for refugees are therefore not eligible to receive funding. However, accompanying PR work via the Internet and social media is an option.


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