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How to optimize an application for a grant? The example of an assistance by Welcomeurope

Interview Philippe Duban Turbulences ! Association Artistic Director www.turbulences.eu

You manage the Turbulences ! Association. Could you tell us on which objectives does it rely on and what are your action fields?

The Turbulences ! Association that I manage was created in 1992 and its president is Howard Buten. It is a theatrical troupe that gathers artists and communication disorders professionals. They all work on a better insertion of young adults and teenagers ailing autism or with communication disorders of this nature. This work can be done notably through artistic mediation works such as taï-chi, theatre, polyphonic song, capoeira, or instrumental practices as the batucada. We also do live shows with representation in France and sometimes abroad. Lire_La_Suite

You manage the Turbulences ! Association. Could you tell us on which objectives does it rely on and what are your action fields?

The Turbulences ! Association that I manage was created in 1992 and its president is Howard Buten. It is a theatrical troupe that gathers artists and communication disorders professionals. They all work on a better insertion of young adults and teenagers ailing autism or with communication disorders of this nature. This work can be done notably through artistic mediation works such as taï-chi, theatre, polyphonic song, capoeira, or instrumental practices as the batucada. We also do live shows with representation in France and sometimes abroad.

As an example, we created in 2007 the « Chapiteaux Turbulents ! » space in Paris, which is a show and meeting place , and also an artistic and cultural site with 35 persons ailing autism or similar disorders, following a professionalizing path.




You set up the « HandyArt » project. What were the original motivations of this project? To which European Programme did you apply for to help you to finance it and which actions did it allow you to set up?




The idea of such a project came from a meeting in 2001 with many youngs from Moscow, during an international festival of « l’Autre Théâtre ».Then, we came back to Moscow and on the Baltic sides to continue and reinforce our exchange of experiences through artistic and cultural actions. We thus wished to associate autist persons and people ailing similar disorders with people ailing physical or social handicap coming from different countries.

This project, called HandyArt, was held in two parts: HandyArt I in Moscow and HandyArt II in Paris. We succeeded in gathering youngs from Poland, from Russia and from Caucasia. We obtained the first price of trophy 2007 “Changing our opinion” awarded by the Paris town hall for HandyArt II.

A part of the HandyArt Project has been financed by the « Youth in Action » Programme from the European Commission. This programme notably promotes the solidarity between youngs and the integration of those with the less means. The Action 3 “Youth in the world” supports more particularly the exchanges of youngs in the world and encourages the cooperation development in the youth field. This grant helped us to set up and to finance the travels organisation. To make this application, we solicited Welcomeurope services .







Welcomeurope accompanied you all along the application form development? What has been the added value of these services for your application?



Welcomeurope accompanied us on the set up of the first application for HandyArt I. This collaboration allowed us to acquire a methodology. The intelligent and interactive assistance of Welcomeurope assistants made it possible for us to have the necessary distance for the conception of our project and to clarify our approach among our partners . They helped us to organize our objectives so as to constitute more efficiently our application and to target better our contacts. They also represented a kind of intermediary with those contacts, thanks to their good knowledge of the Community Institutions. This experience was a very profitable one because we learnt a lot, and this enabled us to make successfully our second application on our own.




Following this experience, what could you advice to associations as yours in their funding approach for their European Projects ?




As a rule, it is important that these associations get information on the persons they have to contact and the persons in charge to whom send the application. We can advice them, first of all, to involve Welcomeurope for its expertise and dynamism, because the consultants make the project leaders take awareness on the process on the whole and they accompany them all along the application preparation and set up.

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