By 2030, Flanders will have a million more inhabitants than it has today. This population growth poses major spatial, social and ecological challenges and opportunities for Flanders, especially for its cities.
The Government of Flanders views cities as the engine of society, places where solutions for social challenges are found innovatively. This is why the Government of Flanders’ urban policy stimulates cities to evolve into sustainable and creative places. The aim is to provide a sustainable future for everyone.
The urban policy provides the following subsidies and expertise:
Structural funding of the cities through the City Fund. The cities use this to increase their quality of life and the quality of their local government.
Subsidies and expert guidance for urban renovation projects.
Funding for experimental urban projects developed by urban associations and the presentation of the At Home in the City award for city councils’ innovative urban projects.
Cooperation between cities and various policy areas of the Government of Flanders through urban programmes.
Funding neighbourhood stewards who guide newcomers through life in their new neighbourhood’s community by properly informing them of their rights and duties and about community habits.
Capacity building and knowledge exchange by means of research into various urban subjects, monitoring of the liveability of cities (City Monitor), the Flemish Cities Knowledge Centre, conferences and master classes, publications, websites and an inspirational blog.
Support in European programmes such as Urbiscoop (the Benelux’s urban consultation platform), ERDF and JPI Urban Europe.
Read the publication below for an introduction to the urban policy of the Government of Flanders.