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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How is the Community Seed Banks Academy project financed?
  2. How much is the total project budget?
  3. How long is the project duration?
  4. Are there any intentions of prolonging the project duration after initial three years period?
  5. Who is the main stakeholder group of the CSB Academy Project?
  6. What are the main objectives of the CSB Academy project?
  7. What are the guiding principles the CSB Academy project follows?
  8. What is the role of the Advisory Board?
  9. Who are the Advisory Board members?
  10. What is the role of the Steering Committee? Who are the Steering Committee members?
  11. Who can apply for funds for providing training?
  12. Can training participants apply for support by the CSB Academy (fees, travel costs)?
  13. How will the CSB Academy disseminate the results?
  14. What is a preparatory action?

1. How is the Community Seed Banks Academy project financed?

The CSB Academy project is primarily supported by a Swiss based private foundation.

Another part of our funding comes from own contributions of the organizations and other initiatives involved with the project (such as members of the steering committee and/or as beneficiaries). As a general rule, every organization and initiative funded by the project provides 30% of the total costs.

Another source of financing training activities is participants fees. 


2. How much is the total project budget?

The total project budget is € 272.000,00 for the first three years.


3. How long is the initial duration of the CSB Academy project?

November 2018 – November 2021


4. Are there any intentions of continuing the project after initial three years period?

Yes. One of the aims of the project is to look for further funding options during the project duration.


5. Who is the main stakeholder group of the CSB Academy Project?

CSB initiatives from Europe, either those already established or soon-to-be established.


6. What are the main objectives of the CSB Academy project?

  • Supporting training and preparatory actions
  • Strengthening CBS in Europe so that they can thrive and new CSB will emerge
  • Helping CSB overcome social, technical and policy barriers they face
  • Contributing to a lively network
  • Contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in agricultural ecosystems

7. What are the guiding principles the CSB Academy project follows?

  • To follow a participatory and a needs-based approach – with support of the experienced Advisory Board and by involving the initiatives as potential applicants.
  • To show openness for running as well as infant initiatives from different backgrounds, regions and networks. Openness is demonstrated by a number of open applications and special trainings initiated by the CSB Academy.
  • To respect the diversity of life, initiatives and approaches.
  • To co-operate through dialogue to establish common views, as well as a profound understanding of differences.
  • To ensure high quality standards for trainings.
  • To promote sustainability by ensuring (a) that project results are available for the community-at-large and (b) that successful activities may continue after the project’s end.

8. What is the role of the Advisory Board?

The Advisory Board seeks to ensure the involvement of more CSB partners in the project’s evolution, in order to achieve an ideal fit and outcome of the training activities for the CSB Academy as a whole. The CSB Academy provides the Advisory Board members with regular up-to-date information on the project development. They are then asked to: 

·         Provide counsel on issues raised by the project manager and/or the steering committee, such as proposals for training activities

·        Provide insights and ideas from a third point-of-view 

·        Spread project news and offers throughout their networks 


9. Who are the Advisory Board members?

Please find the full list of AB members under our TEAM section.


10. What is the role of the Steering Committee? Who are the Steering Committee members?

The responsibility of the Steering Committee is to ensure the successful delivery of the project following the approved methodology. It provides management support, direction and advice to the project manager. The three members of the steering committee are Beate Koller (Arche Noah), Béla Bartha (Pro Specie Rara) and Riccardo Bocci (Rete Semi Rurali).


11. Who can apply for funds for providing trainings?

Eligible applicants are CSB organisations and initiatives in Europe, or co-operating organizations, if they are not-for-profit and privately run, no matter whether they are formal organisations (e.g. associations, foundations) or informal initiatives (if they can proof the community activities). For details see Application Guidelines


12. Can training participants apply for support by the CSB Academy (fees, travel costs)?

Yes. Training participants can apply to the CSB Academy for partly or fully reimbursement of training fees and travel costs, if there is an objective need. For details see Application Guidelines.


13. How will the CSB Academy disseminate the results?

All outputs will be freely available to participants as far as possible and agreed, to the wider network or even the general public.


14. What is a preparatory action?

This measure aims at ensuring a high quality of trainings regarding content and methodologies. A preparatory action can be used to prepare trainings by for example collecting existing knowledge on specific problems, literature research, or by developing training methodologies. The "preparatory actions" will be carried out by initiatives or persons commissioned and funded by the academy.