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The winners of the first round of EU-funded rural development grant competition announced in Dedoplistskaro Municipality

The winners of the first round of EU-funded rural development grant competition announced in Dedoplistskaro Municipality

July 2018, Dedoplistskaro – In the framework of the EU supported HEKS/EPER project “Promoting Citizen Engagement for Economic Development (PROCEED)” the first 32 rural development grants have been approved and respective contracts signed in Dedoplistskaro municipality.
Within the first call, in total 70 full grant applications were submitted by the following legal entities and individuals:
  1. Civil Society organizations and associations, municipality and community based informal groups
  2. Legal entities, agricultural and non-agricultural cooperatives
  3. Individuals and start-up initiators
The evaluation process of grant applications was based on the statute of LAG, taking into consideration the priority sectors defined by the Dedoplistskaro Local Development Strategy.
Prior to the announcement of grant contest, the project implementing partner HEKS/EPER carried out a wide range campaign aiming at informing community representatives in all surrounding villages on the preconditions and terms of participation in the upcoming first call for grant applications. The project staff conducted information meetings with community representatives in 14 villages, two “Women Initiative Groups”, directors of schools and students. In total, information on the rural development and financing opportunities were delivered to more than 400 interested parties and opinion leaders in Dedoplistkaro Municipality.
Authors of initial concept notes attended the training on “Project Proposal Writing Skills”. In parallel, representatives of the Board of Dedoplistskaro LAG and the members of grant projects Selection Committee attended a workshop on grant applications’ selection and evaluation.
The applications were evaluated by the Selection Committee based on the individual scoring system. Selected grant proposals, together with technical and feasibility assessments, have been sent to the Board for final review and approval. Board, based on individual scoring system, approved 32 grant applications (see below annex for complete list of winners) in the following fields:
  • Tourism –  7 grants
  • Agriculture – 5 grants
  • Social and education –  6 grants
  • Culture – 1 grants
  • Diversified business – 13 grants
The official signing ceremony of the winning rural development grants took place on 19 July in Dedoplistskaro.  
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 phase focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at www.enpard.ge.  
Annex:
List of winners of the first round of rural development grant competition in Dedoplistskaro Municipality