The Intercultural city aims at building its policies and identity on the explicit acknowledgement that diversity can be a resource for the development of the society.

The first step is the adoption (and implementation) of strategies that facilitate positive intercultural encounters and exchanges, and promote equal and active participation of residents and communities in the development of the city, thus responding to the needs of a diverse population. The Intercultural integration policy model is based on extensive research evidence, on a range of international legal instruments, and on the collective input of the cities member of the Intercultural Cities programme that share their good practice examples on how to better manage diversity, address possible conflicts, and benefit from the diversity advantage.

This section offers examples of intercultural approaches that facilitate the development and implementation of intercultural strategies.

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Supporting Culturally Diverse NGOs

Support culturally diverse NGO to enhance participation of migrants, ethnic minorities and local citizens in the life of the city.
Implemented for one year in 2018
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The initiative consists in giving grants to culturally diverse people and NGOs in order to implement projects which promote the participation of migrants, ethnic minorities and local citizens in activities that foster coexistence and interaction. These projects will consist of: welcoming, awareness raising, participation or training activities and will aim at increasing the visibility, acknowledgement and respect of rights, diversity, languages and religions. They are also intended to foster interculturality as an asset in different areas such as education, youth, human rights, gender equality and others.  

This initiative empowers citizens with a migrant or ethnic background and those associations working in favour of interculturality, and supports them to build up their own projects, those that are more suitable and answer to their specific needs. It also provides them the chance to enhance the value of their own cultures and bring together local people and other culturally diverse citizens.

An open call is announced and NGOs should submit applications before 27th march 2018. These organizations have to have their headquarters in the city or be working for the benefit of the city. A maximum of two projects can be submitted by each NGO. Projects have to be carried out from 1st January to 31 December 2018. These projects cannot be discriminative, nor promote racism or use stereotyped images of women. The call has been widely announced on the city’s website and forwarded directly to NGOs of migrant people by email.

All the projects received will be evaluated and they will benefit from a grant according to the score received. The city will finance each project up to a maximum of 80% of the estimated budget, so as to encourage NGOs to look for complementary means of funding.

NGOs receive training courses on planning and project’s designing. In 2017, 24 projects of 22 local NGOs were granted with a total amount of 53.000€.


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