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ENPARD Implementing Organisation “People in Need” Announces a Grant Competition

ENPARD Implementing Organisation “People in Need” Announces a Grant Competition

Introduction:
The consortium of non-governmental organization “People in Need” (PIN), Biological Farming Association “Elkana” and Association of Young Economists of Georgia, in the framework of the project “Enhancing Small Farmers’ Cooperation and Productivity in Imereti and Racha Regions”,  is announcing one grant opportunity for a cooperative or association providing professional veterinary services at the municipality or regional level.
The project is funded by the European Union and the Czech Development Agency and represents an intervention within the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD). The coverage area of the project is Baghdati, Kharagauli, Khoni, Terjola, Tkibuli, Tskhaltubo, and Zestafoni municipalities of Imereti region and Ambrolauri and Oni municipalities of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region. The overall objective of the project is to achieve economies of scale among Imereti and Racha farmers through the development of business-oriented small farmers’ groups and support for a more favorable agribusiness environment.  
Purpose of the grant call:
The purpose of the current grant competition is to strengthen provision of professional veterinary services at the municipality and/or regional level.
Given an unmet need for provision of veterinary services in Imereti and Racha, The grant resource should be used only for the purchase of diagnostics equipment and instruments for therapeutic and surgical treatment of livestock.
Eligible participants:
A veterinary cooperative or association which aims to develop and deliver veterinary services in one or more of the following municipalities: Bagdati, Kharagauli, Khoni, Terjola, Tkibuli, Tskaltubo, Zestaponi, Ambrolauri and Oni.
The applicant should:
  • Be registered in one of the following municipalities: Bagdati, Kharagauli, Khoni, Terjola, Tkibuli, Tskaltubo, Zestaponi, Ambrolauri and Oni;
  • Comprise of at least 7 officially registered members;
  • Secure a letter of consent from relevant local agencies and private persons if the investment project affects interests of the state or a private person external to the cooperative (environmental protection, roads, architecture, intersection of private plots, use of local natural resources and etc.)
  • Secure a letter of guarantee from relevant sources (other than PIN) if they intend to provide any part of the co-investment
The applicant should not: 
  • have a negative credit history;
  • have its accounts being seized;
  • have a negative grant record;
Use of grants:
The grant will be allocated only for acquisition of diagnostics equipment and instruments for medical and surgical treatment of livestock. No other uses of grant are allowed.
Co-financing:
Under the grant scheme, PIN will cover the maximum of 80% of the cost of equipment to be purchased under the investment project. The remaining 20% should be covered by the grant winner. For example, if the cost of equipment to be purchased in the framework of the investment project is 30,000 GEL, the project pays 24,000 GEL and the grant winner pays 6,000 GEL for its purchase. 
Co-financing should be transferred to the bank account of PIN, from which the assets envisaged by the investment project will be paid for.
Size of grant:
The size of grant will be in the range between 10,000 and 20,000 Euro. This includes a 20% co-financing from the grantee;
Grant process
Interested applicants should submit electronic and hard copies of filled in application forms (annex 1) on June 2nd, 2017, 17:00 to the following address: #27, Solomon Pirveli st, Kutaisi (PIN Georgia–Kutaisi office);
Presented business plans will be reviewed and evaluated by the selection committee based on the following criteria:
  • Size of the target area and benefits for the livestock farmers in the target area;
  • Feasibility of financial projections and accuracy of financial calculations;
  • Expected sustainability of the business;
  • Technical feasibility and potential business replication;
  • Percentage of co-investment by the applicant; 
  • Participation of women and young people (18 to 20 years) in the cooperative / association;
  • Previous grant  history (if any);
Ownership of granted assets:
The grant winner cooperative or association becomes an owner of granted assets immediately upon the fulfilment of its commitments as presented in the grant agreement.
Required annexes:
  • Register of partners;
  • Property registered on the balance of the cooperative / association, with respective extract from the Public Register
  • Extract verifying absence of seizure and indebtedness;
  • Confirmation, from the Public Register, of cooperative/association ownership of buildings to be used in the investment project or copies of rent agreements for such buildings;
  • General plan of the buildings to be used in the investment project.
Timeline of the grant call
10 May
Announcement of the grant call
15 May
Information meetings, Venue: PIN Kutaisi Office
2 June, 17:00
Deadline for submission of final business plans
15 – 20 June
Review of applications, announcement of winners
From 10 May, it will be possible to download application form and busines plan template from PIN webpage www.pin.ge.
See annex:
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