EU4Youth launches social innovation grant competition in three municipalities of Georgia

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 1 December, the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) as part of the EU4Youth project on ‘Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development (SEED) for Green Growth in Borderline Regions’, launches a grant competition for Ninotsminda, Gori and Akhmeta municipalities of Georgia.

The following individuals and entities are eligible to participate in the competition: Residents of legal age in Georgia between the ages of 18 and 29; legal entities registered in Georgia; agricultural cooperatives with a registered status; non-profit legal entities (non-governmental organisation, foundation, association, etc.); individual entrepreneurs; initiative groups, educational institutions; public institutions; legal entities and cultural-educational organisations of Gori, Ninotsminda and Akhmeta.

The Social Innovation competition consists of the following steps:

  1. primary application submission (01/12/2020 – 01/01/2021)
  2. primary submission evaluation (10/01/2021)
  3. GREENcubator acceleration programme (19/01/2021- 12/02/2021)
  4. final application submission (15/02/2021)
  5. evaluation and funding (15/02/2021)

The main directions of the competition are:

  • Circular Economy
  • Climate Smart Decisions
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Tourism
  • Green Cities and Transport
  • Health Care
  • Social Integration
  • Migration
  • Regional Strategies – Economic Diversification and Improving Living Standards

The aim of the Social Innovation Competition is to identify and support projects that develop and foster social innovative and entrepreneurial ideas in Ninotsminda, Gori and Akhmeta municipalities. The main objective of the competition is to empower young people (18-29 years old), people with disabilities, vulnerable groups living in remote borderline villages, girls, eco-migrants and ethnic minorities. The expected results of financial assistance are to address social and environmental challenges and transform them into successful projects through green innovation and inclusive growth opportunities.

The applicant must submit the first application by 1 January 2021. Information about all stages of the competition, deadlines and other important details can be found in the grant manual of the CENN Environmental Knowledge Portal.

About the project

The main goal of the EU-funded EU4Youth-SEED project is to create a favourable ecosystem for the development of social entrepreneurship and green innovation in the borderline regions of Georgia (Gori, Akhmeta, Ninotsminda) and Armenia (Lori, Tavushi, Shirak). The aim of the project is to discover the entrepreneurial potential in the most vulnerable municipalities and to promote entrepreneurship opportunities among youth.