European Union provides financial assistance for the development of rural communities in Cahul and Ungheni regions. A call for grants to Local Action Groups (LAG) in the two regions, as entities applying the LEADER method of development, was launched on 17 June 2020 under the “EU4Moldova: Focal Regions” Programme, funded by EU and implemented by UNDP and UNICEF.
Local Action Groups can receive non-reimbursable financial assistance of up to €50,000 from European funds for actions that stimulate community development and create new jobs in the villages of these two regions.
The supported activities should be conducted within the following 12 months. In 2020, four initiatives submitted by Local Action Groups, which will accumulate the highest score, will receive funding. The grants programme will continue in 2021-2024.
A panel of experts will evaluate project proposals in several selection stages.
Detailed conditions of participation and Application Guide are available here.
LAG: a tripartite partnership between representatives of the public, entrepreneurial and civic sectors created to jointly manage the local development processes of the member communities.
LEADER: innovative, participatory approach aimed at reducing economic and social imbalances and urban-rural disparities. The LEADER programme (French acronym: community-led local development) was launched in the EU member states in 1991. The first LEADER initiatives were replicated in Moldova in 2017 under a European-funded programme.
The “EU4Moldova: Focal Regions” programme (2019-2024) supports smart, inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development in Cahul and Ungheni regions, in order to ensure a better quality of life for the citizens. The programme has a total budget of €23 million. It is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).