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Georgian Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities Learn about Applying for EU Funding

The first training in grant application drafting for Georgian civil society organisations (CSO) and local authorities (LA) took place in Tbilisi on 13-14 February 2018.

It has become the first training in the series of four organised by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility upon the request of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia to prepare Georgian counterparts for making quality applications during the Call for Proposals of projects aimed at strengthening civil society organisations and local authorities in the EU neighbouring countries, which will be announced under the European Union’s CSO/LA and European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Programmes.

During the first event, over 20 representatives of Georgian CSO and LA representatives spent two days learning how to prepare concept notes and proposals to apply for grants under the above mentioned thematic EU programmes. The participants got practical skills and knowledge on project preparation based on the logical framework approach: problem and stakeholder analysis, strategy and intervention logic, assumptions and preconditions, indicators and sources of verification, sustainability of the actions, budget, etc.

All in all, in the coming 10 days more than 100 representatives of Georgian civil society organisations and local authorities will participate in four trainings in Tbilisi and Kutaisi.

Below are some early impressions shared by some participants of the first training:

Zviad Eliziani, International Business Development and Investment Promotion Centre CSO, Batumi: “The training was quite useful. I got good insight in specific issues (log frame, indicators, sustainability issues) which was not clear for us before. The knowledge received, especially practical group works, will be very helpful to prepare proposals for EU programmes”.

Mariam Avakova, Ethnic Minority of Georgia CSO, Tbilisi: “The training was very useful in terms of gaining both theoretical knowledge from the trainer and practical skills during group tasks and precising all the interesting details about project writing”.