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Working together on a project and breaking new grounds: The Cultural Assistant Programme supports organisations of German minorities with cultural, youth or media projects. Through ifa’s grant for junior staff members, an organisation, association or editorial office can benefit from receiving a temporary, additional staff member. In this way, the funding programme for German minorities in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe offers the opportunity to implement extraordinary concepts and project ideas and to further develop their institutions. The duration of the grant is at least six weeks to a maximum of six months.
ifa supports organisations with a monthly grant for a junior staff member. The grant amount ranges between 300 and 500 euros depending on the country depending where the organisation is located. The duration of the grant is at least six weeks to a maximum of six months.
The grant holders can also network and receive topic-relevant training as part of an ifa-organised seminar. The topics of these trainings will be shaped around the needs and interests of the grant holders. Topics include leadership and motivation of youth groups and volunteer teams, moderation methods, time management, conflict management, fundraising, project management, project development, public relations, intercultural communication or train-the-trainer seminars.
After completing the project, the experiences gained will be evaluated in a review account, and together, the participants reflect upon as to whether or not the goals of the cultural assistantship were achieved.
In consultation with the respective umbrella organisation of the German minority and the German Missions Abroad of the Federal Republic of Germany, ifa will make a selection from the projects submitted. This selection is subject to the approval of the German Federal Foreign Office. Each applying organisation will be informed by email as to whether or not they will receive funding. The selected organisations then issue a public call for applications for the grant and in agreement with ifa, select a grant holder.