Existing companies, start-ups and community initiatives from Cahul region benefit from grants in total amount of 400,000 EUR.

14 entrepreneurs from Cahul region received grants of 15,000 EUR – 30,000 EUR each, assistance provided by the European Union for private sector development for the second call of grants launched by the EU4Moldova: Focal Regions Programme, implemented by UNDP and UNICEF. At the same time, 2 non-governmental organisations received grant certificates of 20,000 EUR each and another three public associations received support of 1,620 EUR each.

Seven existing companies and seven start-ups from Cahul region will benefit from financial assistance which will be used to purchase equipment, goods, works and services to grow the respective businesses, to create new jobs and to increase the region’s attractiveness for new investments. Also, the grant programme envisages mentoring and training activities to stimulate the entrepreneurial culture of the focal region.

The beneficiaries of the second edition of the business grants programme cover various fields of activity: agriculture, tourism, pastry making, tailoring, construction materials, etc. Overall, supported businesses will create more than 100 new permanent and seasonal jobs in Cahul region.

„Supporting young entrepreneurs alongside with civil society organisations, means not just investing in the real sector of the economy, but foremost represents investment in the young generation, young families, children and investment in the future of our community. Many thanks to the EU and the EU4Cahul program for their support and for making it possible to implement these projects, which until now for most beneficiaries were perhaps just dreams,”

said Nicolae Dandiș, mayor of Cahul.

Piotr Mihov from Burlacu village, Cahul district, cultivates six varieties of table grapes and manages 1855 ha of agricultural land, of which only 3.8 ha is drip irrigated. The grant of 29,500 EUR, so as his own contribution, will be invested in the purchase of a drip irrigation system for a surface of 30 ha of vines.

„Thanks to EU funding, we will solve some essential problems for our company, which is to reduce the dependence of table grapes sector on climate factor, and to increase the productivity of the vineyards. This intervention will bring new jobs, the possibility to increase the salaries of our employees and an increased competitiveness of our product on the international market,”

said Piotr Mihov, director of LTD Terra-Vitis.

Civic initiatives supported by the European Union will help local communities from Cahul region to solve several issues they face.

Agnesa Grecova is the President of the public association „Luceafărul Sudic” since 2019, an organisation from Cahul municipality that assists vulnerable people. This year, the NGO obtained a grant of 19,995 EUR, which will contribute to the development of social services for people from vulnerable groups.

„This grant will certainly be of great help for disadvantaged people from rural areas, especially young mothers, divorced women or victims of domestic violence, including people with disabilities. Thanks to this support, they will have the opportunity to learn traditional crafts that will give them the opportunity to start their own mini-businesses in the future,”

noted Agnesa Grecova.

The 14 winners of the second call of grants for business launched in May 2021 by the EU4Moldova: Focal Regions Programme were selected through a competition of 106 applications received from Cahul and Ungheni regions.

The total value of grants for the business sector from Cahul and Ungheni regions that will be offered during 2020-2024 in the framework of the EU4Moldova: Focal Regions Programme is about 1.7 million EUR. The NGO sector will benefit from financial and technical support amounting to approx. 90,000 EUR.

The list of companies from the Cahul region receiving grants can be accessed here.

The list of NGOs from the Cahul region receiving grants can be accessed here.

The list of NGOs from the Cahul region that will benefit from technical/ financial assistance can be accessed here.

You can find more details about the Programme activities in Cahul and Ungheni regions on www.EU4Cahul.md and www.EU4Ungheni.md.