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In Germany, the city of Leipzig is funding many small ESF projects to help disadvantaged people in their local communities

A creative workshop for women, a silk-screen printing course for young drug addicts, a drama club for young people, and language training for immigrant women: these are just some of the 98 projects for disadvantaged groups in Leipzig. Starting in 2009, as part of the Federal ‘Strength on the Ground’ programme, the Leipzig authorities devoted EUR 645 000 to small local projects in deprived neighbourhoods across the city. "The funding has enabled the promoters to try new ideas and concepts," said Mayor Thomas Fabian, who explained that this financing is additional to ongoing support for the disadvantaged, and that many of these projects will be extended. Young people from difficult backgrounds are a priority target of the funding, as are women wanting to get back into work.