Become a Common Ground Region!
Are you facing a challenge in your border region that you want to tackle with the participation of residents on both sides of the border? Do you want to make a difference and unleash potential? In doing so, do you want to work together in a strong cross-border coalition of politics, administration, and civil society? Are you motivated to establish a culture of participation in your border region – with all relevant stakeholders? Then apply for the Common Ground: Shaping Regions Across Borders program and become a Common Ground Region!
What does our program offer you?
As a selected border region, you will receive support in the selection of topics as well as in the design and implementation of a participation process. The nexus Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research, which works together with the Robert Bosch Stiftung implementing Common Ground, will support and advise you individually and according to your needs. In addition, each selected border region can make use of a regional participation consultant who will accompany the participation process for the duration of the entire funding period. Further training courses will offer the opportunity to learn more about the topic of participation. The program will also give you an opportunity to network with other municipal and civil society actors from a range of different border regions and to share ideas on issues relating to participation and cross-border cooperation. To this end, professional workshops and networking opportunities will be offered. A total of up to € 1.3 million in funding is available for up to eight selected border regions to implement cross-border participation processes. The exact amount per region will depend on the plausibly presented financial requirements of the region and will cover a funding period lasting three years. Funding is specifically allocated for participation processes, which may consist of several different participation formats, as well as for establishing cross-border participation structures. Following this period of pilot funding, selected border regions will receive further support in consolidating their structures for participation. For this purpose, all projects funded in the pilot phase will be scientifically monitored.