Start & End Date: September 2018 to May 2019
Place: Erfurt (Germany)
Participating Countries: Germany and Greece
Number of Participants: 1 participant

Grant Giver: Robert Bosch Stiftung
Funding Program START
Grant Amount: 5750.00 EUR

START is a capacity building and fellowship program for aspiring cultural managers in Greece. The program supports creative minds to kick-start cultural initiatives that generate a positive social impact on their local communities. By facilitating growth and exchange in the socio-cultural sector, START aims to create new perspectives for young professionals in Greece and foster social cohesion in Europe. START is a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, and the German Association of Sociocultural Centers, supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation.

CGE will be hosting a Greek volunteer, Mariana Anthropelou, during the 7 weeks of Phase I. In Erfurt, she will be using her communications background to implement local projects focused on tackling social issues. She is specialised in using games to foster social cohesion. During this period, CGE will integrate Mariana in its team, getting her acquainted with the association’s work, while also providing the necessary tools for the development of her own project in Greece.

To reach the aims of the project, three distinct phases were developed:

Phase I
Capacity Building – held from September till November 2018 in Germany.

The 2-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 and leads successful Fellows to access the project implementation phase (Phase II).

Number of participants: 30

Profile of participants: Young adults between 18 and 30 years old, from Greece.

Phase II
Project Implementation – held from December 2018 to May 2019 in Greece.

The 6-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 2-day START Fellowship Celebration event concludes Phase II, providing all Fellows with a public platform for their projects and networking opportunities with public and private donors.

Number of participants: 15

Profile of participants: Young adults between 18 and 30 years old, from Greece.

Phase III
Scaling – held continuously throughout the project.

START Scaling Grants are awarded to exemplary initiatives that have excelled in creating a positive social impact, sparked cultural innovation and shown outstanding potential for future expansion. These project grants are provided by supporting organizations of the program in Greece. Accordingly, the availability, number and amount of Scaling Grants may vary between program years.

Number of participants: 5

Profile of participants: Young adults between 18 and 30 years old, from Greece.