The Neighbourhood Management program is funded by the national Social City initiative, with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). From 2007 up until 2013 there have been five Neighbourhood Funds (“Quartiersfonds† or QF in German):
Neighbourhood Fund 1 supported short-term action plans with €15,000 in each neighbourhood.
Neighbourhood Fund 2 was a small grant facility for action plans with a budget of up to €10,000, primarily intended to strengthen local initiatives.
Neighbourhood Fund 3 supported the implementation of larger projects with a longer duration and a budget exceeding €10,000, for example, socio-cultural activities and smaller construction projects.
Neighbourhood Fund 4 provided funding for construction projects with a budget exceeding €50,000 in all Berlin Neighborhood Management.
Neighbourhood Fund 5 was dedicated to support model projects with a cross-sectoral approach. Projects of this kind were usually initiated by independent working groups from the fields of migration, integration or education, though neighborhoods were always encouraged to contribute their ideas.
The Neighbourhood Councils mainly benefited from the Neighborhood Funds 2 and 3. These funds have been specifically earmarked to support individual activities and projects. Members of the Neighbourhood Councils do not receive any payment for their work - they are volunteers, who contributed their time for the benefit of the neighbourhood.
€17 million Euros are available for the program in 2014. These funds will be used in the newly designed framework of which the new four Neighbourhood Funds consists.
Action Fund: The Action Fund is financed by the state, with a total of €340,000. Each neighbourhood will receive €10,000 annually from the Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment for voluntary projects by residents. Strengthening neighbourhoods, the community, and social contacts are as important as the motivation and involvement of residents and promoting the image of the neighbourhood. This fund supports short-term, quickly visible projects with up to €1,500 available for each.
Project Fund: Also funded through the state budget, €6,620,000 Euros are available through the project fund. The aim of this fund is the implementation of projects with a sustainable impact, promoting preventive structures with the corresponding key aspects in the neighbourhoods. These perennial projects will be funded with a minimum of €5,000 Euros up to a maximum of €50,000 Euros. The needs assessment for project initiatives is carried out with residents, stakeholders, neighbourhood development partners, the neighbourhood council and the neighbourhood.
Building Fund: 50% of the building fund will be financed through the EU (ERDF), with the rest coming from state and federal funds. The total of €6.79 million is available for construction activities costing a minimum of 50,000 Euros. Sustainable stabilization and development projects in neighbourhood management will be implemented with these resources. Project suitability is assessed with the help of residents, stakeholders, the neighbourhood council, the district administration, and development partners. The selection of projects to be implemented is carried out in a transparent process at the Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment.
Network Fund: funded 50% by the EU (ERDF) and 50% from state funds, €3,250,000 is available through the network fund. With the objective of sustainable stabilization and development, proven structural measures are transferred from management at a neighbourhood level to a city-wide level. Suitable project ideas are developed with participation from the neighbourhood, a representative of the neighbourhood management team, the district administration and the Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment. Potential projects can be assisted with a minimum of €50,000 from the Network Fund.
From 1999 to 2015, 364 million Euros from various support programs had been spent in the neighborhood management areas. Funds allocated as follows: National government 68,5 million Euros, European Union 112,1 million Euros, and Land Berlin 183,4 million Euros.
The money had been spent mainly on the lasting revaluation of urban area and housing environment, for social and ethnical integration, and for the support of cooperation and organization among neighbors. Furthermore, young people, who had already been excluded from the education and labor markets, were provided with new chances of access to job training and gainful occupation.
Sources of funding 1999 - 2015
Federal Republic of Germany:
€ 68,5 million
€ 112,1 million
Federal State of Berlin:
€ 183,4 million
€ 364 million
Strengthening social cohesiveness, promoting social and ethnical integration, implementing integrated urban development programs in a participatory and interdisciplinary way - the following pages about the areas and projects give an insight into the multitude of activities implemented under the program "Socially Integrative City".