Why are we running this project?

Our society is diverse. The arrival of people from all around the globe has always led to ethnic, religious, cultural, and linguistic diversity in Germany. Equally important, our community is shaped by people of different genders, ages, and sexual orientations, with or without disabilities, from all social backgrounds and with different approaches to life.

Nevertheless, diversity is often considered a challenge to social cohesion, and uncertainty in dealing with it is a common phenomenon. So, it is all the more important to develop diversity skills in local environments, both urban neighborhoods and rural communities. After all, diversity happens right where we live. And people who respond positively to social heterogeneity are also better equipped to handle changes and disruptions in modern society.

What are our goals?

With its two-year pilot program, “Die Vielfaltsgestalter - Lokale Bündnisse für Zusammenhalt in Vielfalt” (Designing Diversity – Local Alliances for Cohesion and Diversity), the Robert Bosch Stiftung together with Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) will support the setting up of six local alliances comprised of representatives of civil society, politics, administration, business, and the arts, who want to do more than just talk about diversity. The idea behind the program is to find partners to join forces and shape diversity on a local level. The program will be conducted in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für soziale Unternehmensberatung mbH, a social business management consultancy that will run the program office.

How does the project work?

Based on local good practice examples, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and its partners have developed a pilot program to implement well-proven approaches to establishing local diversity alliances. This call is directed at representatives of civil society and municipal administrations who are interested in applying for one of six diversity alliances. For further information, please see the detailed call for applications and the application form.

Currently we do not accept applications.