eng

News and Events

14.04.2017

Announcement of a closed grant competition

Introduction


The consortium of non-governmental organization People in Need (PIN), Biological Farming Association "Elkana" and Association of Young Economists of Georgia is announcing a closed grant competition to support development of farmer cooperatives in the framework of the project "Enhancing Small Farmers' Cooperation and Productivity in Imereti and Racha Regions". The project is funded by the European Union and the Czech Development Agency and represents an intervention within the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD).

 

The main objective of the project is to achieve economies of scale among Imereti and Racha farmers through the development of business-oriented small farmers' groups and support for a more favorable agribusiness environment.


The coverage area of the project is Baghdati, Kharagauli, Khoni, Terjola, Tkibuli, Tskhaltubo, and Zestafoni municipalities of Imereti region and Ambrolauri and Oni municipalities of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region.


Within the three previous grant cycles, technical and informational/expert support has been provided to 32 co-operatives, currently comprised of 342 members-farmers.


Purpose of the grant call


The purpose of the current grant competition is to strengthen the existing cooperatives by enhancing their post-harvest operation, commodity consolidation and marketing capacities.


Eligible participants:


Only the cooperatives supported in 2014-2016 under the project "Enhancing Small Farmers' Cooperation and Productivity in Imereti and Racha Regions" that received a grant of the total value below EUR 35,000 for developing their production capacity in the market chains - beekeeping, dairy, grapes and wine, greenhouse herbs and vegetables.


The applicant cooperative should:


• Be registered in one of the following municipalities: Bagdati, Kharagauli, Khoni, Terjola, Tkibuli, Tskaltubo, Zestaponi, Ambrolauri and Oni.
• comprise of at least 10 officially registered members.

• secure a letter of consent from relevant local agencies and private persons if the investment project affects interests of a state organization or a private person external to the cooperative (environmental protection, roads, architecture, intersection of private plots, use of local aggregates and etc.)
• secure a letter of guarantee from relevant sources (other than PIN) in case of their cofinancing of the investment project from external sources, sources.

 

The applicant cooperative should not:

 
• have a negative credit history;
• have its accounts being seized;
• have a negative grant record, such as delayed co-investments in grant projects;

 

Use of grants


The grants will not be used for the primary production purposes but will be allocated only for acquisition of fixed assets such as equipment and machinery required for provision of advanced storage, processing and marketing services inside and outside the cooperative. Purchase of land, premises, livestock, bee families, poultry, goods and raw materials, construction and arrangement of infrastructure, operating costs can't paid from the grant resources.


Co-financing


Under the grant scheme, PIN will cover the maximum of 80% of the cost of equipment to be purchased under the investment project. The remaining 20% should be covered by the grant winner. For example, if the cost of equipment to be purchased in the framework of the investment project is 30,000 GEL, the project pays 24,000 GEL and the grant winner pays 6,000 GEL for its purchase.
Co-financing should be transferred to the bank account of PIN, from which the assets envisaged by the investment project will be paid for.


Size of grants


The size of grants will be in the range between 10,000 and 20,000 Euro. This includes a 20% co-financing from the grantee;


Grant process


Interested applicants should submit electronic and hard copies of filled in application forms (annex 1) from 14 April 2017 (call announcement date) till 26 April 2017, 17:00 to the following e-mail address: sophie.putkaradze@peopleinneed.cz;

 

The applicants who fail to submit application form after the above deadline, will be automatically excluded from the call.


After submitting application forms, each of the registered applicants will have an opportunity to receive consultations on business plan writing, technical and economic/financial aspects consultations and will be given a defined period for business plan development. Form of a business plan, along with annexes, is attached to the given announcement (annex N2).


Printed and electronic copies of final business plans shall be submitted no later than 22 May 2017, 17:00.


Presented business plans will be reviewed and evaluated by the selection committee on the following criteria:


• Feasibility and accuracy of financial calculations;
• Expected sustainability of the business;
• Technical feasibility and potential business return;
• Market prospects;
• Environmental safety;
• Structure of the cooperative and potential for development;
• Percentage of co-investment by the applicant;
• Participation of women and young people (18 to 20 years) in the cooperative.
• Previous grant history

 

Ownership of granted assets:


The grant winner cooperative becomes an owner of granted assets immediately upon the fulfilment of its commitments as presented in the grant agreement.


Required annexes:


• Register of partners;
• Property registered on the balance of the cooperative, with respective extract from the Public Register
• Notarized minutes of the general meeting, verifying approval of the grant application by all members and mobilization of cash in the partnership fund for co-investment purposes;
• Extract verifying absence of seizure and indebtedness;
• Confirmation, from the Public Register, of cooperative ownership of buildings to be used in the investment project or copies of rent agreements for such buildings


General plan of the buildings to be used in the investment project.


Timeline of the grant call

14 April Announcement of the grant call
20-21 April Information meetings
26 April, 17:00 Deadline for registration of potential applicants
(deadline for submission of applications)
27 April - 10 May Meeting with experts /individual consultations for applicants
22 May, 17:00 Deadline for submission of final business plans
15 - 20 June Review of applications, announcement of winners

 

Download application form and busines plan template

 

Applications may also be submitted at the central office of PIN.


For further details, please contact:


Sophie Putkaradze - Information Officer
People in Need, 27 Solomon Pirveli St. Kutaisi
Phone: 591800577 or 0431 252565; sophie.putkaradze@peopleinneed.cz

David Chelishvili - Field Operation Manager
People in Need, 27 Solomon Pirveli St. Kutaisi
Phone: 595600775; david.chelishvili@peopleinneed.cz

 

 

on People in Need (PIN), Biological Farming Association "Elkana" and Association of Young Economists of Georgia is announcing a closed grant competition to support development of farmer cooperatives in the framework of the project "Enhancing Small Farmers' Cooperation and Productivity in Imereti and Racha Regions". The project is funded by the European Union and the Czech Development Agency and represents an intervention within the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD).

 

The main objective of the project is to achieve economies of scale among Imereti and Racha farmers through the development of business-oriented small farmers' groups and support for a more favorable agribusiness environment.


The coverage area of the project is Baghdati, Kharagauli, Khoni, Terjola, Tkibuli, Tskhaltubo, and Zestafoni municipalities of Imereti region and Ambrolauri and Oni municipalities of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region.


Within the three previous grant cycles, technical and informational/expert support has been provided to 32 co-operatives, currently comprised of 342 members-farmers.


Purpose of the grant call


The purpose of the current grant competition is to strengthen the existing cooperatives by enhancing their post-harvest operation, commodity consolidation and marketing capacities.


Eligible participants:


Only the cooperatives supported in 2014-2016 under the project "Enhancing Small Farmers' Cooperation and Productivity in Imereti and Racha Regions" that received a grant of the total value below EUR 35,000 for developing their production capacity in the market chains - beekeeping, dairy, grapes and wine, greenhouse herbs and vegetables.


The applicant cooperative should:


• Be registered in one of the following municipalities: Bagdati, Kharagauli, Khoni, Terjola, Tkibuli, Tskaltubo, Zestaponi, Ambrolauri and Oni.
• comprise of at least 10 officially registered members.

• secure a letter of consent from relevant local agencies and private persons if the investment project affects interests of a state organization or a private person external to the cooperative (environmental protection, roads, architecture, intersection of private plots, use of local aggregates and etc.)
• secure a letter of guarantee from relevant sources (other than PIN) in case of their cofinancing of the investment project from external sources, sources.

 

The applicant cooperative should not:

 
• have a negative credit history;
• have its accounts being seized;
• have a negative grant record, such as delayed co-investments in grant projects;

 

Use of grants


The grants will not be used for the primary production purposes but will be allocated only for acquisition of fixed assets such as equipment and machinery required for provision of advanced storage, processing and marketing services inside and outside the cooperative. Purchase of land, premises, livestock, bee families, poultry, goods and raw materials, construction and arrangement of infrastructure, operating costs can't paid from the grant resources.


Co-financing


Under the grant scheme, PIN will cover the maximum of 80% of the cost of equipment to be purchased under the investment project. The remaining 20% should be covered by the grant winner. For example, if the cost of equipment to be purchased in the framework of the investment project is 30,000 GEL, the project pays 24,000 GEL and the grant winner pays 6,000 GEL for its purchase.
Co-financing should be transferred to the bank account of PIN, from which the assets envisaged by the investment project will be paid for.


Size of grants


The size of grants will be in the range between 10,000 and 20,000 Euro. This includes a 20% co-financing from the grantee;


Grant process


Interested applicants should submit electronic and hard copies of filled in application forms (annex 1) from 14 April 2017 (call announcement date) till 26 April 2017, 17:00 to the following e-mail address: sophie.putkaradze@peopleinneed.cz;

 

The applicants who fail to submit application form after the above deadline, will be automatically excluded from the call.


After submitting application forms, each of the registered applicants will have an opportunity to receive consultations on business plan writing, technical and economic/financial aspects consultations and will be given a defined period for business plan development. Form of a business plan, along with annexes, is attached to the given announcement (annex N2).


Printed and electronic copies of final business plans shall be submitted no later than 22 May 2017, 17:00.


Presented business plans will be reviewed and evaluated by the selection committee on the following criteria:


• Feasibility and accuracy of financial calculations;
• Expected sustainability of the business;
• Technical feasibility and potential business return;
• Market prospects;
• Environmental safety;
• Structure of the cooperative and potential for development;
• Percentage of co-investment by the applicant;
• Participation of women and young people (18 to 20 years) in the cooperative.
• Previous grant history

 

Ownership of granted assets:


The grant winner cooperative becomes an owner of granted assets immediately upon the fulfilment of its commitments as presented in the grant agreement.


Required annexes:


• Register of partners;
• Property registered on the balance of the cooperative, with respective extract from the Public Register
• Notarized minutes of the general meeting, verifying approval of the grant application by all members and mobilization of cash in the partnership fund for co-investment purposes;
• Extract verifying absence of seizure and indebtedness;
• Confirmation, from the Public Register, of cooperative ownership of buildings to be used in the investment project or copies of rent agreements for such buildings


General plan of the buildings to be used in the investment project.


Timeline of the grant call

14 April Announcement of the grant call
20-21 April Information meetings
26 April, 17:00 Deadline for registration of potential applicants
(deadline for submission of applications)
27 April - 10 May Meeting with experts /individual consultations for applicants
22 May, 17:00 Deadline for submission of final business plans
15 - 20 June Review of applications, announcement of winners

 

Download application form and busines plan template

 

Applications may also be submitted at the central office of PIN.


For further details, please contact:


Sophie Putkaradze - Information Officer
People in Need, 27 Solomon Pirveli St. Kutaisi
Phone: 591800577 or 0431 252565; sophie.putkaradze@peopleinneed.cz

David Chelishvili - Field Operation Manager
People in Need, 27 Solomon Pirveli St. Kutaisi
Phone: 595600775; david.chelishvili@peopleinneed.cz

 

 

PIN in the News

19.07.2017

Vocational education the shortest path to emp

  • 19.07.2017
    Vocational education the shortest path to emp
    //www.youtube.com/embed/oKAMh6nrUO8?rel=0
    Vocational education the shortest path to employment in Georgia!!
  • 05.06.2017
    Official Launch of the DCFTA Project
    //www.youtube.com/embed/STswdIln8yE?rel=0
    Official Launch of the DCFTA Project
  • 01.10.2016
    10 Years of Dedication to Georgia
    //www.youtube.com/embed/rAeA1iLQbGI?rel=0
    10 Years of Dedication to Georgia
  • 07.10.2015
    Wine producing cooperative Mshvildi +
    //www.youtube.com/embed/jkRaP1Y901s?rel=0
    Wine producing cooperative Mshvildi +
  • 20.05.2016
    Presentation of Imereti Agricultural Labor Ma
    //www.youtube.com/embed/URFPy_sgIfM?rel=0
    Presentation of Imereti Agricultural Labor Market Research
  • 12.11.2015
    PIN Press Tour for Georgian Journalists
    //www.youtube.com/embed/KX-32WKHzcI?rel=0
    PIN Press Tour for Georgian Journalists
  • 19.05.2016
    MoU Between PIN and Khoni Gamgeoba
    //www.youtube.com/embed/MRBRmGDgS7o?rel=0
    MoU Between PIN and Khoni Gamgeoba
  • 07.10.2015
    YISAP Blogs Contest
    //www.youtube.com/embed/FJxa2kmP0Fk?rel=0
    YISAP Blogs Contest
  • 08.07.2015
    Czech Ambassador To Georgia Visits Literature
    //www.youtube.com/embed/qErZ6SzKY3w?rel=0
    Czech Ambassador To Georgia Visits Literature Cafe in Tkibuli
  • 12.01.2015
    Transfer of Tractors to the Agricultural Coop
    //www.youtube.com/embed/fFFibeRRsPs?rel=0
    Transfer of Tractors to the Agricultural Cooperatives
  • 25.05.2016
    Signing of MoU with Gamgeoba of Gori Municipa
    //www.youtube.com/embed/MN8k8Ceicyg?rel=0
    Signing of MoU with Gamgeoba of Gori Municipality
  • 06.05.2016
    Memorandum of Understanding between PIN and T
    //www.youtube.com/embed/L43nhJDcZ4E?rel=0
    Memorandum of Understanding between PIN and Tkibuli Gamgeoba
  • 28.12.2015
    PIN To support Developing a Strategy for Rura
    //www.youtube.com/embed/qNK_0mQEv-o?rel=0
    PIN To support Developing a Strategy for Rural Development in Georgia
  • 07.10.2015
    EU supported cooperatives launch wine product
    //www.youtube.com/embed/H8LqFyNvcY8?rel=0
    EU supported cooperatives launch wine production in Terjola
  • 28.03.2016
    Czech Ambassador and First Deputy Minister of
    //www.youtube.com/embed/jdT09xl_0fs?rel=0
    Czech Ambassador and First Deputy Minister of Agriculture visited ENPARD Supported Cooperatives IPIN
  • 01.03.2016
    Advocacy Campaign Against Early Marriages
    //www.youtube.com/embed/ye-1GrSkWn8?rel=0
    Advocacy Campaign Against Early Marriages
  • 07.10.2015
    EU Rural development programme in Georgia
    //www.youtube.com/embed/zfP7atiOW9g?rel=0
    EU Rural development programme in Georgia
  • 25.05.2016
    Coordination Meeting "Support of Young P
    //www.youtube.com/embed/OjJLaJeGmDI?rel=0
    Coordination Meeting "Support of Young PWDs Social Inclusion"
  • 07.10.2015
    Launch of the New Social Project
    //www.youtube.com/embed/4BoazG7Ll1Q?rel=0
    Launch of the New Social Project
  • 07.10.2015
    Problem of Youth Migration from Villages to C
    //www.youtube.com/embed/0loHbEfXRtE?rel=0
    Problem of Youth Migration from Villages to Cities
  • 07.10.2015
    Problem of Virtual Relationships
    //www.youtube.com/embed/XqOllZ0AfXY?rel=0
    Problem of Virtual Relationships
  • 15.12.2014
    Public Discussion on Municipal Action Plan
    //www.youtube.com/embed/ADjXoaGm3qk?rel=0
    Public Discussion on Municipal Action Plan
  • 15.12.2014
    Public meeting in Tkibuli
    //www.youtube.com/embed/5q7Ohn8l2uM?rel=0
    Public meeting in Tkibuli
  • 08.12.2014
    Soc Project_Training for council of Social Ca
    //www.youtube.com/embed/Wv6INLtQp5g?rel=0
    Soc Project_Training for council of Social Care
  • 08.12.2014
    Seminar "Social Progress"
    //www.youtube.com/embed/Q8uqmxQIDJA?rel=0
    Seminar "Social Progress"
  • 08.12.2014
    Soc Project Granting of Certificates
    //www.youtube.com/embed/1WG2-UvHEAU?rel=0
    Soc Project Granting of Certificates
  • 08.12.2014
    Soc Project Grants Assets Donation
    //www.youtube.com/embed/wvGqyBhH-J4?rel=0
    Soc Project Grants Assets Donation
  • 08.12.2014
    სოც პროექტი გადამზადების კურსები/Soc Project
    //www.youtube.com/embed/3SoXva9bn_4?rel=0
    სოც პროექტი გადამზადების კურსები/Soc Project Vocational Courses
  • 01.12.2014
    Technical Training for Cooperatives
    //www.youtube.com/embed/Qjy2THTxld0?rel=0
    Technical Training for Cooperatives
  • 01.12.2014
    Training "Cooperatives Organizational De
    //www.youtube.com/embed/Zq-Qs-ffMsk?rel=0
    Training "Cooperatives Organizational Development"
  • 01.12.2014
    Social support project_Donation
    //www.youtube.com/embed/totztJi7k3I?rel=0
    Social support project_Donation
  • 01.12.2014
    Agricultural Cooperatives
    //www.youtube.com/embed/l5ZJJgtSY_g?rel=0
    Agricultural Cooperatives
  • 01.12.2014
    Memorandum Between PIN and Akaki Tsereteli St
    //www.youtube.com/embed/?rel=0
    Memorandum Between PIN and Akaki Tsereteli State University
  • 01.12.2014
    Selection Committee for Small Grants
    //www.youtube.com/embed/eYkuA4A0abs?rel=0
    Selection Committee for Small Grants
  • 01.12.2014
    Model of Terjola Youth House
    //www.youtube.com/embed/15E4JRJaAME?rel=0
    Model of Terjola Youth House
  • 01.12.2014
    Participatory Planning
    //www.youtube.com/embed/A0gxjrUzxl4?rel=0
    Participatory Planning
  • 01.12.2014
    Training "Opportunities for Watchdog&quo
    //www.youtube.com/embed/sKPTl2J_RWg?rel=0
    Training "Opportunities for Watchdog"
  • 01.12.2014
    Training "Public Cooperation in Communit
    //www.youtube.com/embed/yi6aNMKukRo?rel=0
    Training "Public Cooperation in Community"
  • 01.12.2014
    Camp on Citizenship
    //www.youtube.com/embed/EP7NjqUMYFQ?rel=0
    Camp on Citizenship
  • 01.12.2014
    Project "Debate to be Noticed"
    //www.youtube.com/embed/?rel=0
    Project "Debate to be Noticed"
  • 01.12.2014
    Ceremony of the Closure of the Project "
    //www.youtube.com/embed/Gwd_WJz_ezk?rel=0
    Ceremony of the Closure of the Project "Live"
  • 01.12.2014
    Project "Debate to be Noticed"
    //www.youtube.com/embed/96IEwr1ioMc?rel=0
    Project "Debate to be Noticed"
  • 01.12.2014
    Conference "Education for Citizenship&qu
    //www.youtube.com/embed/_KLcpq5G7ck?rel=0
    Conference "Education for Citizenship"
  • 01.12.2014
    Training on Strategic Planning for Local self
    //www.youtube.com/embed/2WAU2aiELyI?rel=0
    Training on Strategic Planning for Local self governments
  • 01.12.2014
    Training for Local Authorities
    //www.youtube.com/embed/kIDfz6s38g8?rel=0
    Training for Local Authorities
  • 01.12.2014
    Teacher Training by Czech experts
    //www.youtube.com/embed/2dHzKs7APDA?rel=0
    Teacher Training by Czech experts
  • 01.12.2014
    Grant Competition for Organizers of Film Fest
    //www.youtube.com/embed/ZehcSn3fjQE?rel=0
    Grant Competition for Organizers of Film Festivals
  • 01.12.2014
    Project "Paths of Knowledge"
    //www.youtube.com/embed/k33kaj-UNXE?rel=0
    Project "Paths of Knowledge"
  • 01.12.2014
    Project "Healthy Environment Healthy Fut
    //www.youtube.com/embed/gRG6_PK-6EU?rel=0
    Project "Healthy Environment Healthy Future"
  • 01.12.2014
    Project "Debate Club"
    //www.youtube.com/embed/a6KnZUvFxeo?rel=0
    Project "Debate Club"

Publications

Our Donors