Action Fund of the Hellersdorf Partnership for Democracy - 2021

The action fund of the Hellersdorf Partnerships for Democracy is once again funding your ideas. Whether it's a joint football tournament, a discussion evening, a skate contest or a neighbourly barbecue evening with open-air cinema. There are no limits to your creativity. Initiatives, independent organisations or citizens of all ages can apply for funding of up to 600 € with their project ideas for more tolerance and democracy.

The project should start on 15 March 2021 at the earliest and take place in Hellersdorf, Kaulsdorf or Mahlsdorf. Further information on funding and submission of documents can be found on this page. All required documents can be found in the right-hand column of this page.

Second Call for project ideas to the Action Fund Hellersdorf, Kaulsdorf and Mahlsdorf

As part of the Hellersdorf Partnership for Democracy, an action fund will be set up again in 2021. We are calling on citizens of all ages from Hellersdorf, Kaulsdorf and Mahlsdorf, initiatives or independent organisations to get involved with creative project ideas for tolerance and democracy and to set an example against group-related misanthropy, discrimination and exclusion.

Funding is available for project proposals that are to be implemented in Hellersdorf, Mahlsdorf or Kaulsdorf in the course of 2021. The maximum funding amount is 600 euros. The earliest possible project start date is 1.3.2021.

Interested parties who have little experience with project applications are welcome to seek advice. To do so, call 030 9928 1840. Advice can be given by telephone or at a meeting.

Submission of project ideas

The application must be completed in full and sent by email to Forms can be downloaded from aktionsfonds21/.

Experience shows that there are at least two submission deadlines per year. The deadline for submission of applications for the Action Fund is 10.5.2021. 

Project selection

The decision on the awarding of funding is made by a jury consisting of representatives of the monitoring committee of the "Partnership for Democracy Hellersdorf" as well as citizens. The following criteria are important for the evaluation of the project ideas:


  • Are the contents in line with the objectives of the call?
  • Was the proposal submitted on time?
  • Was the maximum funding amount taken into account?


Support the projects (one or more aspects must be identifiable as an objective in the proposal):

  • Promotion of democratic participation processes and skills
  • Empowerment of (voluntary) citizens and strengthening of civil society structures
  • Appreciation of diversity in society
  • Commitment against misanthropy, everyday racism and discrimination as well as for tolerance, diversity and living together in solidarity.
  • Gender equality, dealing with gender issues
  • Environmental justice and commitment to climate protection
  • Offers for political education on the above-mentioned issues
  • Projects in cooperation with schools on the above-mentioned issues
  • Dealing with the consequences of the Corona pandemic in a spirit of solidarity
  • Fake facts, fact-checking and conspiracy narratives
  • Artistic-political actions and activities, especially in public space

Eligible expenditure

Funding can be provided for materials. In justified cases, fees paid to third parties can also be considered. If larger purchases are necessary for a project, it is often possible to borrow them. We will gladly arrange contacts in this regard.

Action Fund Projects

Below we present the funded projects 2021. They were selected by the jury. To see the contributions, simply click on the yellow headings. The project texts are the original application or report texts and have not been edited. 


Application text:

Three years ago, residents together with neighboring businesses began to organize an Advent market on a voluntary basis at the beginning of December.

It is an open and non-commercial offer for all large and small citizens in the neighborhood without distinction of religion, origin, age or political views and thus forms an integrative approach to tolerance and democracy. With great zeal and commitment we work every year for the success of the project and a colorful offer. 

Last year, together with numerous neighbors and the support of Santa Claus with his reindeer Rudolf as well as Ice Queen Elsa herself, we provided for shining children's eyes and a lot of Christmas spirit with the Advent magic at Cecilienplatz. While online at Facebook two volunteer readers provided for good mood with Christmas stories, Ice Queen Elsa and Santa Claus were busy on the Cecilienplatz handing out presents, collecting wish lists and taking pictures.

Depending on what the pandemic will allow, there will be again this year with numerous actors from the neighborhood an "Advent magic" or we manage to offer market stalls again. At these, the children can make individual Christmas gifts, while the adults have time to chat around the campfire with delicious hot cocoa and get to know each other. This is to promote togetherness and tolerance of each other in the district.

Application text:

Clean up MaHe is a project of citizens of the district with the goal that people of different ages and social backgrounds work together voluntarily for environmental protection in Marzahn-Hellersdorf. Interested citizens go, under observance of the hygiene specifications of the Covid19 Pandemic, at selected places e.g. garbage collect and magnet fish, in order to keep the habitats frequented by them in their district clean.

In the various regular actions in public spaces, there is a sensitization for the topics of environment and waste disposal or an exchange about the handling of resources and sustainability. This gives the participants the chance to have an emotional access and connection to nature and the environment in order to protect it more effectively in the future.

At the same time, people suffering physically and/or psychologically from the consequences of the Corona pandemic are strengthened and brought back together. The focus is on intergenerational work and the voluntary nature of the offer. In this way, children, young people and adults can be active together in the project. This gives them the opportunity to get to know each other's lives better and to develop a greater understanding for each other. In this way, existing prejudices are reduced and the participants come together to form a community, which is intended to promote living together in solidarity. In addition, the self-efficacy of each individual is strengthened. In addition, empowerment processes of the citizens are supported, as they make new observations in their environment and discover unknown places in the district through the project. In addition, the measures in the project improve the external perception of the district. Among other things, this also leads to citizens feeling more comfortable here.

Application Text:

Due to a lack of outdoor seating at the facility, the outdoor area, The Alcove, is not often used by the facility's clientele. Our goals are to be able to sit outside in the fresh air (health promoting) starting in the spring. The constant carrying of furniture back and forth from the interior of the facility, is not sustainable for the health of all employees and helping young people. 
Through requests from the facility's clientele and their parents/relatives, we have planned and documented this project *Finally chill outside* with the youths. The project is led by the youths themselves with the support of volunteer parents, neighbors from the surrounding area and the professional staff. 

A place of encounter is to be created. Companionship and communication among each other should be encouraged. Sitting among the newly planted beds is to focus on and promote environmental education. While building and designing the furniture, the young people and adults can develop social skills such as: Personal responsibility (responsibility of others), ability to work in a team, respect & tolerance, willingness to help, willingness to compromise, willingness to learn and the ability to communicate, or even get to know them anew. 
A protection and safety concept will be created. The project is accompanied by photos, videos and social - media - channels. 

Application text:

The aim of our project is to provide a platform for associations, non-profit organizations, local companies and citizens active in voluntary work to present themselves and inform about their work. In addition, we want to revitalize the neighborhood and strengthen the sense of community.

Already for the 10th time the family tradition festival takes place on the Cecilienplatz. In addition to a small classical fair, the social aspect is the main focus.

Last year it was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19, only in August the Family Tradition Festival on Tour (Familientraditionsfest 9 1/2) moved through our district and was able to put a smile on the faces of many children and their families.
Traditionally, the Family Tradition Festival starts on Fridays and is organized by the Streetworkers Hellersdorf. The voluntary young people and adults do handicrafts, dance, sing and play with the festival visitors and motivate young and old to support the street workers beyond the festival. 

Saturday present themselves associations, non-profit organizations, companies of the area!!! A list of the actors is not enough for this page!!!

Sunday is additionally supported by health insurance companies and the DRK.

Application text:

For several years, the Förderverein der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr Berlin Hellersdorf e.V. has organized an autumn festival at the beginning of October with volunteers, residents and local entrepreneurs.

We want to support the comrades and members of the volunteer and youth fire departments in their voluntary work. Since its foundation, the association has been pursuing the goal of supporting voluntary work and providing an additional cultural offer in the Kitz, which is also accessible to everyone. 

Also in Corona - times the togetherness may not come too briefly!!! Under adherence to a strict hygiene concept we look forward positively to the realization! 

The autumn festival is an open offer for all large and small neighbors in the neighborhood without distinction of religion, origin, age or political views and thus forms an integrative approach to tolerance and democracy. With this voluntary neighborhood event, our neighborhood is revitalized, a cultural exchange is made possible and thus the neighborhood but also the sense of community is strengthened. 

Planned for the little ones is a craft section for lanterns and foliage pictures, pumpkin carving, firewood & barrels as well as stick bread dough, ... and much more!

The already established autumn festival by the neighborhood should remain an important part of our neighborhood and contribute to the good and peaceful coexistence and tolerance.


Application text:

Cooking and cooking enliven senses and motor skills in many ways. They appeal to the eye, mouth, nose, ear, hands and mind. And: cooking and cuisine are internationally different in many ways. In Matilde's Cafe der Begegnung women* from many cultures come together every Monday (under C-free conditions) - Syrians, Iranians, Afghans, Russians and German women*, all with their life and cooking experiences. The selection and diversity is great. And: the women* also get a view for common things, not only in the kitchen, but also in life. Through cooking/baking in the Cafe der Begegnung, women with different life paths and experiences should come together once a month, get to know each other better by doing things together, exchange ideas and develop understanding for each other. The kitchen is a door opener, with a light hand and in a relaxed atmosphere, life stories that are also world history come along on the table. This offer for 2021 was requested and developed by all women* who are guests of our café. In the end, a joint small cookbook will be created, in the content of which everyone will participate. A total of 8 events are planned. The women*'s children will of course be involved and contribute themselves and their ideas!

"It is not good cuisine if it is not made out of friendship for the one for whom it is intended."(Paul Bocuse - famous French chef)

Application text:

For 8 years, residents and local entrepreneurs have always organized a lantern parade through the residential areas in Kaulsdorf-Nord at the beginning of October. 

It is an open offer for all large and small neighbors in the neighborhood without distinction of religion, origin, age or political views and thus forms an integrative approach to tolerance and democracy. With this voluntary neighborhood event, we would like to revitalize our neighborhood together and thus strengthen the neighborhood feeling.
Already in the run-up to the event, the neighbors are called upon to participate in the organization and implementation of the event for the children and families. Here we experience lively support every year, for example, in the joint preparation of the stick bread dough, in securing the parade and also in cleaning up after the event. 

With our well thought out hygiene concept we will be able to carry out the parade.

The parade itself will be accompanied by the Marzahner Fanfarenzug e.V.. Numerous clubs and actors will participate in loose groups. For children from socially disadvantaged families, we also have lanterns ready, which they then take with beaming eyes and proudly participate in the procession.

After the parade, the children can bake stick bread at the fire barrels, with a little background music.