The program comprises three consecutive phases in Germany and Greece:

Phase I: Capacity Building

September - November

The two-month capacity building program in Germany offers 30 START fellows the opportunity to enhance their applied knowledge in international cultural management. It also helps them shape their idea for a cultural initiative into a viable project design. A pitching event marks the end of phase I, gaining successful fellows access to the project implementation phase.

Benefits of phase I

  • 2 weeks of advanced training in project management, public relations, fundraising, and audience development
  • 6 weeks of job shadowing in a vibrant socio-cultural organization, including a small-scale project grant of up to Euro 1,500 each
  • Stipends, covering accommodation costs in Germany, travel expenses and monthly subsistence of Euro 800

Phase II: Project Implementation

December - May

The six-month fellowship and project implementation phase in Greece provides 15 START fellows with funds, networks, and a support structure to launch their cultural initiative in Greece. It also offers them an opportunity to promote themselves as cultural managers. A two-day START Fellowship Celebration event concludes phase II, providing all fellows with a public platform to present their projects and networking opportunities with public and private donors.

Benefits of phase II

  • A coaching scheme, furthering grant management, entrepreneurial and problem solving skills
  • Project grants of up to Euro 10,000 each
  • Stipends, covering travel expenses to START events and a monthly subsistence of Euro 800

Phase III: Scaling

September - onwards

START Scaling Grants will be awarded to exemplary initiatives of the program that excelled in creating a positive social impact, sparked cultural innovation and showed potential to be continued and expanded in the future. These project grants are being provided by supporting organizations of the program in Greece. Accordingly, the availability, number and amount of scaling grants may vary between program years.

Benefits of phase III

  • Every program year, START seeks to facilitate 3 to 5 scaling grants with a budget ranging between Euro 5,000 and 15,000 each
  • Special access to the services of the Social Dynamo, a hub for civil society capacity building in Athens
  • Alumni network activities

Who organizes and supports the project?

START ist ein Programm der Robert Bosch Stiftung, das in Kooperation mit dem Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki und der Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V. durchgeführt wird, unterstützt durch die John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation und die Bodossaki Foundation.