ArmInfo.A grant project with total budget at EUR 2,9 mln launched in Armenia. EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Switalski on April 11 in Gyumri announced ? 2.9 million Grant Scheme designated to promote an inclusive and empowered society in Armenia, by facilitating participation of the civil society and local authorities in poverty reduction and sustainable development process at local level. It will contribute to raising the economic competitiveness, creating jobs and reducing tendencies of outward migration in regions.
EU Ambassador noted: "The EU is committed to reinforce and support Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities in Development in Armenia. We believe that we can do so by facilitating the participation of the civil society and local authorities in poverty reduction and sustainable development process at local level. Innovative ways to develop local community through sport, culture, education and tourism can contribute significantly to this objective".
The project has an objective to enhance people to people contacts and local community development within the country and within the region through sport, culture, education and tourism. Projects proposal can support among other things the development of (1) outdoor activities such as summer and winter sports that can have an impact on tourism development; (2) educative programmes complementing existing compulsory education and higher education institutions offering innovative learning platforms and spaces; (3) cultural associations promoting the development of performing arts, music, theatres, literature, painting, animation, filming, etc.
To note, the European Union Delegation to Armenia has launched two grant schemes for project proposals of a total budget of ? 4.4 million in order to reinforce Civil Society in Armenia and to support Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities in Development. These two calls complement the very significant ongoing capacity building and re-granting programmes for civil society in Armenia and the recently announced ? 1 million Grant Scheme for Regional Development designed to promote culture and creative sectors. The grant scheme "Reinforcing Civil Society in Armenia" with an overall budget of ? 1.5 million was announced in Yerevan on 10 April.
According to Hoa-Bin Hachemyan, the head of EU Armenian Delegation cooperation department head, during recent 10 years the European Union within the framework of budget support allocated for Armenia about EUR 250 mln. Every year EU disposes about EUR 40-50 mln for different projects in Armenia, and half of the sum mentioned is being exposed exactly for budget support, and EU entities dispose about EUR 1 mln weekly, Hachemyan said.