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Participants of EU grant competition in Dedoplistskaro took trainings on full grant application writing

Participants of EU grant competition in Dedoplistskaro took trainings on full grant application writing

In the period of 8-27 August 2019, 113 applicants from the EU’s second grant competition in Dedoplistskaro municipality attended the training on full grant application writing. Four-day training comprised theoretical knowledge as well as practical skill acquisition modules for the applicants divided into seven groups. The training sessions were delivered by experienced trainers in business planning and development.
There were two training curriculums offered by the project to grant applicants – one for those pursuing business grants and another for institutions and individuals seeking support for development of social services in the municipality.
Both curriculums had several topics in common. These included but were not limited to: compliance of grant project with strategic goals set by Local Action Group (LAG); social responsibility of commercial, public and non-governmental institutions; project impact on natural environment; justification of need for grant project; adequate description of product or service under development; conditions required for institution’s financial stability; documentation required to support grant applications, etc.
In addition, the seekers of grants to support their farms and businesses were offered topics specific for business planning, such as competition analysis, product and service marketing, forecasting and projections for future income generation, etc. The seekers of grants to develop social services were helped in refining their ideas about beneficiary selection and targeting, evaluation of impact, sustainability of social institutions, etc.
As a result of this training, the Dedoplistkaro LAG expects that the applicants will prepare high quality applications for funding that will be examined by the group in September/October 2019.
The EU-supported ENPARD II project “Promoting Citizen Engagement for Economic Development (PROCEED)” is implemented by HEKS/EPER Georgia in partnership with the Biological Farming Association “Elkana”. The project aims at contributing to the reduction of poverty in the Dedoplistskaro Municipality of the Kakheti region in Eastern Georgia.
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 and the third phases focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at www.enpard.ge.