On y va – auf geht's – let's go!

On y va – auf geht’s – let’s go!

  • Ideas competition and funding programme for Franco-German and European projects of benefit to the community.
  • 107 funded projects between 2007 und 2019.
  • Help and advice from the dfi.


Why support charitable projects?

The aim of the competition was to support active citizenship in Europe and projects of benefit to the community. The awards were a recognition of this involvement.

At the same time, we wanted to encourage the project initiators to develop and expand their activities with partners from other European countries. In our view, this broadening of horizons was just as important as the establishment of new contacts.

Projects are often carried out in isolation, which is why we wanted to provide an opportunity for the initiators to profit from the experiences of both current and former projects, to make contact with former organizers and participants and become a part of the network themselves.


What were the benefits of entering ON Y VA – AUF GEHT’S – LET’S GO?

  • Publicity for your project.
  • Reaching a wider public through the Online voting, where it was possible to vote for projects to receive funding in the next phase of the programme.
  • Up to € 5000 funding for your international project.
  • Help on various aspects of project work, such as the application, drafting of a budget and cost plan, or intercultural communication.
  • Seminars with expert input.
  • Being part of an international network of people involved in projects of benefit to the community.


Who took part?

Basically all groups (e.g. associations, organizations, schools, community groups) actively involved in a project of benefit to the community were able to enter the ideas competition. The project had to be carried out by a partner from Germany, another from France and a third from another EU member state. In particular, groups with little experience in international cooperation were encouraged to enter.

The topic of the project could be from a wide range of areas, for example culture, education, health, social issues, sport or the environment. For us, it was more important that the international aspect of the projects lead to new impulses in the practical work.

A knowledge of the partners' languages was helpful, but it was not a requirement for participation. Our experience with other programmes showed that there was always a way to communicate.

Förderung vielfältiger gemeinnütziger Projekte

Background information:

European society is not just characterized by stable institutions, but also by active citizenship. Therefore the lifeblood of democratic systems is the engagement of its citizens. Whereas politics and business are already internationally closely entwined, particularly at a European level, there is still room for improvement where active citizenship is concerned.

The aim of the On y va – auf geht's – let's go competition was to support European citizens in their involvement in specifically international projects and at the same time create a network of active European citizens.
We were building on the broad experience and unique closeness of Franco-German cooperation and enhancing it by including at least one partner from another EU country.