Keda LAG announced winners of the EU-funded Covid-19 rapid response grants competition

Keda LAG announced winners of the EU-funded Covid-19 rapid response grants competition

28 April, 2020. Keda Municipality – Three initiatives in Keda municipality received EU funding to effectively respond to health, economic and education problems posed by the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The initiatives were selected from a total of 13 applications received within the rapid response grant competition “New Challenges, New Opportunities” announced by Keda Local Action Group (LAG). 
One of the initiatives selected within the grant competition aims to provide primary psychological support and psychology education to the parents of adolescents (including those with disabilities) in Keda municipality. The initiative aims to help people to cope better with stress. In addition, the project will also provide remote courses for digital marketing for farmers and other entrepreneurs living in Keda. 
Another EU-funded initiative will ensure the development of digital tourism in Keda. This project helps businesses owners digitise their services, building their capacity in digital competencies and allowing them to create special offers that will help them generate additional income. 
The EU grant was also awarded to an initiative supporting non-formal education for youth in Keda. The project aims to support youth (vulnerable groups in particular) by raising their awareness, helping them develop practical skills, and supporting them in their professional development. Within the project, youth from Keda will be offered remote learning courses on various topics including human rights and their protection, leadership and communication, volunteering and youth opportunities, writing resumes, motivation letters, interview techniques, and others. 
The EU-funded COVID-19 rapid response grant competition was announced in the framework of the EU-supported project “Keda LEADER”. The project is implemented under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) by CENN, in partnership with the with the Centre for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). 

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.