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Examples of residents’ initiative

  • Making a community allotment.
  • Placing a picnic table.
  • Planting more flowers and plants in each street.
  • Creating a work of art with all residents.


  • Your plan must be feasible and contain the following information:
    • Description of the initiative.
    • The initiative enjoys ample support in your neighbourhood.
    • The location (map) for physical initiatives.
    • Time line.
  • The initiative must not conflict with the law or existing policy.
  • The initiators are themselves responsible for any financing required.
  • You can apply for grants for initiatives that improve the quality of life in your district, neighbourhood or village. You can hand in your initiative to the local authority via the Mienskipsfonds. There are also national and provincial grants such as ‘Jantje Beton’.

How to apply

You can submit your initiative to the local authority online. You will need DigiD.

If you are unwilling or unable to submit your initiative online, you can

Download and complete the form Bewonersinitiatief (PDF, 148.68 KB). Scan the form and email it to bewonersinitiatieven@leeuwarden.nl. No scanner? Send the form by post to the City of Leeuwarden. You can also hand it in at the Town Hall.

More information

You will find more information on the page Pavement gardens, tree canopies, plant pots and adopting green spaces.

Do you have any questions?

We will be pleased to help you with your initiative. Contact the City of Leeuwarden or send an email to: bewonersinitiatieven@leeuwarden.nl.