Education, Economy, Work in the Neighbourhood - BIWAQ

BIWAQ helps to improve the opportunities of residents in deprived neighbourhoods. The programme supports projects on integrating people into the workforce and strengthening the local economy.

As a partner of the urban development grants programme Social City, BIWAQ has been deliberately targeting deprived urban neighbourhoods since 2008, combining local education, business and employment projects in communities with measures for urban development. By directing the projects at specific social spaces, the support reaches the people who need it most. BIWAQ projects develop effective instruments for meeting the specific needs of the different Social City neighbourhoods. They are joined to investments in urban development and cooperate closely with local partners such as neighbourhood management, local associations and stakeholders in economic development.

The projects are implemented in areas covered by the urban development grants programme Social City. Together with Länder and municipalities, the Federal Ministry for the Environment is currently supporting 600 deprived neighbourhoods. The main focus is on investments in the residential environment, infrastructure and the quality of housing. To comprehensively improve the living situation of people in deprived neighbourhoods additional measures are needed: BIWAQ has made a start by facilitating supplementary projects tailored to local needs focusing on integrating people into the workforce and on the local economy.

In addition to BIWAQ, in the ESF pilot programme to support young people in their community, “JUGEND STÄRKEN im Quartier”, the Federal Ministry for the Environment cooperates with the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. This programme assists disadvantaged young people up to 26 years old in particularly deprived neighbourhoods in the transition from school to training and employment. The projects themselves help to revitalise local communities.

Profile of the programme

Target group
  • Migrants, people with a foreign background
  • Start-up entrepreneurs
  • Unemployed
  • Enterprises

(Long-term) unemployed, micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises

Number of projects


Implementation period

2015.01.01 - 2018.12.31

  • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
Thematic objective

B: Promoting social inclusion, combating poverty and any discrimination

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Additional Information

web­site of pro­gramme


Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit

Referat SWI4

Stresemannstrasse  128-130
10117 Berlin