CCP Synergy

Smiling woman with galsses in the focus of the picture, other woman with headscarf on the left in front of her

Fellows of the CrossCulture Programme; Photo: ifa/ Wolfgang Kuhnle

Networking civil societies

CCP Synergy brings two organisations from Germany and a partner country together. They work in cooperation on a project that strengthens civil society and brings cultural actors together in dialogue.  All information about the application process and requirements can be found here.

Whom is the programme designed for?

CCP Synergy is aimed at employees from two organisations who are planning a joint project. One of the organisations must be located in Germany and the other in one of the partner countries listed below. Organisations that are currently establishing contacts or initiating joint projects are expressly invited to apply for the CCP Synergy programme.

If possible, both organisations work in a similar field – thematically or regionally – from one of the following areas:

  • Policy and society
  • Media and culture
  • Human rights and peace
  • Sustainable development

CCP is reacting to current challenges within foreign cultural and educational policy with changing focal themes. From 2019 to 2023 the focus will be on civic and citizenship education and digital civil society. Within the framework of fellowships and professional events, CCP brings fellows and alumni together and also brings them into communication with partner organisations.

Civic and citizenship education provides both young people and adults with the knowledge and skills that enable them to shape society. Against the background of current challenges such as populism, fake news and hate speech, non-formal political education, especially in connection with digital media, is gaining in importance for an active and democratically organised civil society. People working in civic and citizenship education and pursuing goals in the fields of work listed above will be supported with these key issues.

Organisations from the following countries are currently being funded:

Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan.

What does the funding include?

CCP Synergy supports both cooperating organisations with a total of 3,000 euros. For example, this funding can be used to finance employees’ reciprocal short visits or one-sided longer stays. The exchange covers between seven and 30 days.

The funding is also available for the following purposes:

  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation
  • Meals according to the valid daily rates
  • Health insurance
  • Expenditure allowance as needed, which can be shared between both organisations

In addition to financial support, ifa is available to answer any further questions and to assist the participating organisations from abroad in obtaining visas for stays in Germany. However, the participating organisations are principally responsible for planning their own trips.

Exclusionary criteria for the application

Since the programme is designed for organisations, individuals cannot apply to CCP Synergy.

Application in 3 steps

  1. Create a preliminary joint financial plan with all cost estimates which apply to both organisations. This calculation should be established in the first step.
  2. Both organisations fill out the application form together.
  3. Send the application by email to crossculture(at)

What application documents are required?

  • Joint financial plan for both organisations.

What happens after applying?

All applicants will receive written confirmation or rejection within two months of the submission of their application.

Application Deadlines

The next call for applications for the CCP Synergy programme will be in February 2020.

ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
CrossCulture Programme
Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart
Tel. +49.711.2225.107

Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Can CCP alumni apply for CCP Synergy?

No, not as an individual. CCP Synergy is designed for organisations. CCP alumni are cordially invited to apply with their home organisation and a cooperation partner in Germany.

Can organisations apply that were not previously involved in CCP?

Yes. The application is open to all organisations that already know a cooperation partner, are active in the mentioned fields and are based in the CrossCulture Programme countries.

How exactly should the financial plan be presented when applying?

The financial plan is an initial estimate of the necessary funds. These are anticipated and estimated costs. Billing of the actual costs incurred will follow at the end of the stay. The costs must not exceed the maximum of 3,000 euros.

Is it possible to receive more than the total amount of 3,000 euros?

In justified exceptional cases, a deviation from this amount is conceivable.

How many people can participate in the exchange?

The number of travellers is contingent on the total amount of 3,000 euros.

Is there an age limit for the participants of each organisation?

No. For CCP Synergy no age limit is set for the participants travelling.

What happens after the application deadline?

The applications will be reviewed after the application deadline as soon as possible. In the selection phase, we reserve the right to clarify any queries by phone. Selection interviews are not foreseen. The applicants can expect a response from ifa in June. In the case of acceptance, a funding agreement will be concluded between the two organisations and ifa.


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