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The Keda Local Action Group, together with CENN and Institute of Democracy (IOD) are announcing the first stage of the grants competition 2018-2019 under the EU ENPARD supported project Keda LEADER.

The first stage will open on September 20th and will end on October 20th at 5 pm.

The objective of the competition is to ensure the improvement of life in rural communities of Keda by creating decent working and living conditions in the municipality, improvement of the economic conditions and implementation of the innovative projects.

The priority areas of the grants competition include:
• Rural Development
• Tourism
• Off-farm activities
• Education, Culture, Sports
• Environmental Protection and Sustainable Resource Management
• Improvement of living conditions in Keda municipality.

Both commercial and social projects and initiatives will be supported under the competition.

Participation is open for both natural person and legal entities who implement or plans to implement their activities in Keda Municipality.

Those willing to participate in the competition are asked to examine the strategic directions identified by the Local Development Strategy of Keda and the Grants Manual. Interested candidates need to complete the Application Forms and submit it via email to the address grant@kedalag.ge or bring the hard copies to the LAG office at 10 Tbel Abuseridze Street, Keda town no later than 5 pm October 20, 2018.

All documents for the completion of the application are available in the Georgian language on the website.

For additional questions, clarification requests or inquiries please contact us:
+995 599 189 269
+995 577 104 833
+995 514 401 001

Please note, the grants competition has the following stages:
Stage I – Concept Note (Idea Competition)
Stage II – Complete Applications
Stage III – Approval of grant

The first stage successful candidates will be notified before November 20, 2018.

The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in rural development.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

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20.09.2018
With the EU support, 5 women from the Keda Local Action Group participated in the international events taking place in Yerevan. On September 14-15 Armenia’s capital hosted the conference “Women in Agriculture” and the “Harvest Festival of Rural Life and Traditions”. Up to 100 women from different countries attended events dedicated to the women empowerment in agriculture.

The EU ENPARD program supported Keda LEADER project was presented at the conference by CENN. A local entrepreneur from the Keda municipality Tamar Baladze shared her success story and future plans on raspberry production with the Armenian women. On the second day, different products from the mountainous Adjara, such as wine, honey, jams, nuts, cheese, and species were exhibited and sold at the Harvest Festival.

Besides official festival events, women had an opportunity to visit organic farm and Green Center operated by Green Lane NGO on the outskirts of Yerevan city. In addition, on the way back to Georgia, participants visited village of Khashtarak, where one of the ENPARD Armenia beneficiaries hosted Georgian women at her raspberry garden and shared her experience about joining the Rural Women Council (RWC) established under the joint efforts of CENN and Green Lane in the framework of the project “Strengthening and Engagement of Rural Women in Natural Resources Management in the South Caucasus Countries”.

The further plans of the Keda LEADER program in regard to women empowerment in Keda municipality include trainings, seminars, exchange visits, and other capacity-building activities in line with the Local Development Strategy of Keda.

The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in rural development.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.



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19.09.2018
05.09.2018. Keda, Adjara – Diversification of economic activity in rural areas, development of climate-smart agricultural value chain, environmental protection, natural resources management and disaster risk reduction, education, culture, sport and support of youth activities - these are the key areas covered by the EU-supported Local Development Strategy of Keda Municipality that was recently adopted by Keda Local Action Group (LAG) in the framework of the ENPARD’s rural development project.

Prior to officially adopting the strategy, the draft was presented to the government of Keda municipality and the local communities. Keda LAG, together with the EU’s partner organisation CENN and the Institute of Democracy, held a number of public discussions on the strategic objectives of the document, as well as on the priority areas of the development of Keda municipality. The LAG board members considered and reflected the public feedback in the final document. At the meetings information was also provided regarding the upcoming rural development grant competition in Keda supported by EU under the ENPARD project.

The Keda Local Development Strategy is now available to download in Georgian at www.enpard.ge and www.kedalag.ge.

The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in rural development.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.


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05.09.2018
ABOUT KEDA
The Keda Municipality is located in the middle of the Adjaristskali river basin. The Keda Municipalty shares a 38 km-long border with the Kobuleti Municipality to the north, a 24 km-long border with the Shuakhevi Municipality to the east, a 24 km-long border with the Khelvachauri Municipality to the west, and a 17 km-long border with Turkey to the south. The Shavsheti and Meskheti mountain ranges run through the southern part of the Municipality while the Kobuleti mountain range runs through the north/north-west part.
The total area of the municipality is 452 km2, with a population of 21,244. The municipality consists of 10 communities and 64 settlements. The town of Keda, located 200 m above sea level, is an administrative center of the municipality. 
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