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Prague taking applications to support neighborhood events with 50,000 crown grants

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Prague City Hall is starting a pilot project to support community events. From January to March 2020, the city wants to support local festivities, book and clothing bazaars or inter-generational events. Individuals or associations will be able to apply for up to 50,000 CZK, and a total of 3 million CZK are earmarked for the first three months of the program.

“Local communities are what makes the city a good city to live. Locals can best meet the needs of their neighborhood, show how Praguers are active, and original or varied events are easily accessible to everyone,” City Councilor Hana Třeštíková (Praha sobě) said.

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“I believe that the city should support not only cultural institutions, but also such small neighborhood initiatives. That is why we are launching a pilot project of neighborhood subsidies. Anyone can apply for financial support such as a bazaar, a celebration of feasting, a creative afternoon for children, or a neighbor dinner,” she added. Třeštíková, who prepared the pilot program, is the councilor responsible for culture in the city.

Applications for first round for events held from January to March of next year are open until December 13, 2019. The application can be submitted in electronic and printed form. Natural or legal persons can get up to 50,000 CZK for their event. Applications will be evaluated during the January Committee meeting.

The neighborhood subsidy program is in response to a survey made by Ipsos for Prague City Hall on neighborhood relations in the metropolis. It showed that Praguers like to meet, and the most popular local events include a common barbecue or a neighborhood breakfast. Praguers also like to meet to volunteer to improve the quality of their surroundings or summer cinema.

A total of 40% of Prague residents have participated in similar activities in their neighborhood in the last year.

About half of Praguers know and have fun with at least a few neighbors from their home or street, but most of them have moderate relationships with their neighbors, although they are trouble-free but not very warm. Three-quarters of Praguers regularly meet with a group or group of friends or acquaintances, most often for informal entertainment, such as in a pub or bar.

“The First Republic flourished from communal activities in the Czech Republic, while the communists were afraid of civic associations and tried hard to suppress them. Now the associations are being reorganized organically and we want to support them as a free city. We give an opportunity to all who want to do something for their surroundings and to be active in the place where they live — in the center, in the housing estate or on the outskirts of Prague. I am looking forward to all the neighborhood ideas and we will be happy to support them,” Třeštíková.

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