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EU supported training was organized for rural development grant applicants in Dedoplistkaro

EU supported training was organized for rural development grant applicants in Dedoplistkaro

11-12 June 2018, DedoplistskaroProject proposal writing and business plan development were the key topics of the trainings delivered in Dedoplistskaro municipality for the ENPARD rural development project grant applicants. In total 36 successful grant applicants increased the knowledge on information gathering procedures, project writing, analysis methodologies and presentation techniques.     
The main objective of the training was to increase the practical skills of the EU-funded rural development project’s beneficiaries in business plan development and grant proposal writing. The training was specially tailored for those grant applicants who had passed the second phase of grant’s evaluation procedure and are considered to be involved in the third phase of technical assessment.
The training programme covered the following main topics: Definition and of the project purpose and wording; Definition and presentation of project strategy and plan; Product/service design; Identification and analysis of target consumer’s needs, demand and expectations; Detailed analysis and design of production and operational process; Analysis and planning of logistics and needed resources; Development of integrated marketing communications strategy and activity plan; Human resource management – elaboration of organizational chart, job analysis, job descriptions and employees’ compensation/motivations schemes; Financial analysis: cash flow, income statement and budgeting; Analysis and design of risks mitigation system; Ensuring sustainability of the project.
To maximize the result, the training methodology was divided into three stages: Delivery of training – theoretical information on the above-mentioned topics, Business plan writing assignment– beneficiaries gather necessary information and elaborate the business plan independently, and Practical workshop, which is planned to be conducted end of June 2018 and include the analysis and consultations with the trainer on already elaborated business plans as well as answering questions, which had been accumulated during the business plans drafting process.
In parallel to the training, the project hired independent experts in construction/engineering, agriculture, vinery, tourism and diversified business planning. These experts will support grant applicants during the information gathering and analysis, what plays a crucial role in development of effectively working business plans and mitigation of possible risks in future.
EU supported ENPARD II project “Promoting Citizen Engagement for Economic Development (PROCEED)” is implemented by HEKS/EPER Georgia in partnership with Elkana. The project aims at contributing to the reduction of poverty in the Dedoplistskaro Municipality of the Kakheti region in Eastern Georgia.
The project facilitated elaboration of Local Development Strategy for Dedoplistskaro Municipality, foundation of local action group and grant applications’ evaluation committee.  In the frame of the project 10 representatives of local action group traveled to Romania to visit the projects and share experience. After implementation of the training on proposal writing techniques, project received 70 full grant applications. Steering committee selected 36 successful applicants based on in advance elaborated and approved evaluation mechanism. After finalization of technical assessment process and delivery of final business plans, applicants will start implementation of the projects.
The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through the ENPARD programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second phase focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at www.enpard.ge.