Akhalkalaki Local Action Group

Important Information
Current Contest

During the period of 29 November, 2018 to 28 December, 2018 Akhalkalaki Local Action Group has announced the first stage of the call for proposals aiming to support sub-projects initiatives. For details please refer to the Akhalkalaki Local Development Strategy and Grant Manual. In case of your interest submitting the grant proposal, please fill the online form. Please consider that priority will be given to the small and medium grant projects. Also, please note the topic and location of the initiatives supported by the previous grant competition to avoid the duplication of the project ideas.
About the Call for Proposals

Anyone who has an idea and thinks that its implementation will contribute to the municipality develop in accordance with the four strategic priorities elaborated by the LAG of Akhalkalaki can participate in this grant competition. According to the grant competition, Akhalkalaki LAG will select an average of 40 strong sub-projects. The grant applications are eligible for submission by the business entities, associations, cooperatives, government agencies, community groups as well as individuals. In order to get approval on funding of the project proposal each applicant must pass three stages: 1. Expression of Interests (EoI); 2. Full Application; 3. Technical Assessment. The selection process will be carried out at each stage and each project application will be accepted or rejected by the LAG majority decision. Those candidates who moved to the 2nd and 3rd stages will be provided with additional trainings and consultations in support to complete the full applications. For the first phase (stage of expression of interest) see the following information:

Requested Grant Amount
The minimum amount of funding that can be applied for is 1,000.00 GEL
The maximum amount of funding that can be applied for is 150,000.00 GEL
The average funding expected is 50,000 GEL. Please consider that priority will be given to the small and medium grant projects.

Co‐financial contribution is required from all applicants in the following percentage:
Commercial entities (Ltd, sole entrepreneurs, etc.) – minimum 35%
Municipal and government agencies – minimum 35%
Agricultural Cooperatives – minimum 20%
NGO, associations and other organisations – minimum 15%
Local community groups and individuals (physical persons) for social (non-profit) projects – minimum.  15%

Note: Co-financing will be considered as the financial contribution of own funds or the amount attracted from third parties (physical and legal entities).

The EOI will be assessed according to the following 7 eligibility criterias:
1. Geographic location: The project must be located within the municipal boundaries of Akhalkalaki
2. Grant Amount: The requested grant amount shall range from 1,000.00 GEL to 150,000.00 GEL
3. Project Period: The project implementation must be able to be fully completed by 1st of May 2020
4. Co‐financing: The co‐financing amount must be in line with amounts required according to the status of the applicant
5. Linkages with LDS: The application must show that the project will meet a minimum one of the objectives of the LDS and one outcome. It is possible that it may meet more than one objective and outcome. In addition to that the application must also show that the project is in line with one of the cross-cutting objectives.
6. Legal Status of Applicant: For all commercial, for‐profit projects the applicant must be a registered, legal entity. For non‐commercial projects the applicant may be unregistered.
7. Legality: All activities must comply with the legality criteria. Illegal activities are not financed.

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About the project
Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, Department of Rural Development (GIPA / GRDD) is implementing the project "Promoting Rural Development in Akhalkalaki". Project Partners are Mercy Corps, ELVA - Community Involvement and Western Cork Development Partnership. The project is funded by the European Neighborhood Program (ENPARD) of  Agriculture and Rural  Development.

The project is implemented in Akhalkalaki municipality, and its purpose is to introduce inclusive solutions to the above-mentioned, which envisages full involvement of Akhalkalaki communities and local groups. Within the framework of the project, special emphasis will be on involving women and young people.

The duration of the project is 44 months (November / 2016 - July / 2020)
Address: Gusan Havas #7, 0700, Akhalkalaki, Georgia
Work hours: Mon-Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Email: info@akhalkalakilag.ge

Contact persons
Sergei Khachatrian - LEADER coordinator
Tel: +995 599199746

Sergey Shakhbeckan - Program Officer
Tel: +995 599193662

Anush Giloyan- Chairwoman of Akhalkalaki Local Action Group
Tel: +995 592909165


Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) was established in 1994. The Georgian Rural Development Department (GRDD) of GIPA is the successor of a USDA-funded program launched in June 2003 and managed by GIPA since April 2005. The GRDD of GIPA promotes rural development and an improved quality of life for Georgia’s rural population through knowledge-based agricultural education. Specific activities include providing a wide variety of services such as education and capacity-building, institutional development, designing sustainable socio-economic solutions for conflict and economically depressed zones, policy making and administration in the fields of agriculture, rural development and project management. Key fields of expertise and intervention are agriculture, veterinary, animal health, food safety, agricultural statistics, agro-business, professional and vocational education and the rural economy.
Mercy Corps is International Not for profit organization established in 1979. Since then, Mercy Corps have helped all over the world people grappling with the toughest hardships survive — and then thrive. That’s the heart of our approach: we help communities turn crisis into opportunity.
Our mission is:
Alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. From 2000 Mercy Corps are working in Georgia. The’ goal in Country is to create stable and secure communities in regions impacted by poverty and conflict.
Mercy Corps is helping Georgian farmers by using an integrated approach to address all these issues, rather than treating them as separate and disconnected problems. We have established a centrally-located Rural Service Center that provides communities and local farmers with important agricultural and economic information and training, as well as assistance in connecting with markets and buyers.
West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP) is one of network of 36 local development companies operating in the rural areas of Ireland. WCDP having worked on LEADER in Ireland since its inception in the early 90s.Company provided a broad range of supports and services and undertakes initiatives for the development of the West Cork region.
A core principle guiding the work of the WCDP is to demonstrate the importance and value of direct support for local development initiatives and to further develop an environment and culture conducive to and supportive of local community and enterprise development.
Over the LEADER implementation WCDP engaged in a comprehensive consultation process throughout the region. This was carried out through a variety of media and public events all of which invited priority actions, innovative plans and ideas, strategies or observations to be submitted for consideration for inclusion in the proposed Local Development Strategy.
Elva is a mobile phone platform that empowers communities to map and analyse issues they care about and to work with decision makers to develop an effective and locally appropriate response.