demonstration project

Sustainable neighborhoods in Ghent

In January 2015 the city of Ghent launched a subsidy for sustainable neighborhoods. Its goal was to stimulate bottom-up initiatives for climate on a neighborhood level. Guidance and financial support for citizen-driven initiatives are essential to increase their quality and success rate. In recent years, Ghent has established that bottom-up climate projects can often have a major impact through their strength and local embedding. BE REEL! will contribute to broadening this subsidy and the support offered. The goal is to realize at least 10 projects every year from 2018-2024.

Facilitation of projects

Ghent facilitates the development of citizen-led initiatives by searching for people with ideas, connecting people to strengthen each other, organize actions to inspire and stimulate citizens to start their own project, give financial impulses, communicate, and disseminate findings and experiences.

Yearly event

Each year Ghent will organize an inspiring event about the bottom-up projects to disseminate results and stimulate other citizens to start their own projects.

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