In Dour, the project “Entre’Age” is making connections between locals of all ages and all cultures; in Schoten, the project “Mie bol” is promoting quality of life in one area in collaboration between local people, the local schools and the local administration; in Brussels, the project “Rhythm’n parc” is organising a music festival where everyone can join in.
All projects have the same aim: to improve the wellbeing and togetherness of local people in a given area or village. Getting together to meet your neighbours, talk to them, get to know them, be able to help them out and count on them is the objective. This kind of interaction helps build social connections and create a friendly place to live for all inhabitants.
Promoting this social cohesion and thus improving quality of life is the shared thread between the 104 winners whose projects the Delhaize Group Fund has helped to develop in their local communities since 2008.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Delhaize Group Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, are inviting local people and associations to send in an application for the 2011 call for projects.
The call is aimed at all projects led by individuals or associations that bring together locals in a given area or village in all their diversity so that together and in the long term, they can contribute to a better life together. The fund will prioritise projects in which the local people play an active role in terms of involvement and participation.
The applications should be sent to the King Baudouin Foundation before the 17th of May 2011. A jury of independent experts will examine the selected projects and decide on the amount to be awarded (to a maximum of €5,000 per project). The Fund has a total of €150,000 available for chosen projects in Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.