10.Jul .2020 11:17

EU, Sweden and Austria Announce € 860,000 for tourism development initiatives in Svaneti, Racha-Lechkhumi and Upper Imereti

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In the frame of the GRETA project (Green Economy: Sustainable Mountain Tourism and Organic Agriculture), the EU, Sweden and Austria have launched the Tourism Development Initiative (TDI), a call for proposals for grants in the area of tourism development in the municipalities of Mestia, Lentekhi, Tsageri, Oni, Ambrolauri, Sachkhere, Chiatura and Tkibuli.

Tourism Development Initiative (TDI) support per applicant or group of applicants will be grants between €5,000 and €50,000 with the co-financing share at minimum 10% of the total budget. The duration of a project must be at least 6 months and may not exceed 24 months. All TDI activities must have finished by 30 September 2022.

Deadline for submission of the application form and supporting document for this call is 03.08.2020, 18:00 Georgia Time.

Entrepreneurs and companies (Individual entrepreneur (I.E.); limited liability company (LLC); cooperative and other profit oriented legal entities; Non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) Legal Entity (NNLE) and other non-profit oriented legal entities; Individual or group of people which will register as any legal entity) based in the target municipalities or with actions are taking place in them can apply.

Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia Carl Hartzell stated: “Tourism is a key opportunity for the development of Georgia’s mountainous regions. The EU, together with Sweden and Austria, is launching this call within the framework of the GRETA project to support the recovery of tourism operators and to allow them to develop and expand their services and activities for the future. Our focus will be on environmentally friendly, community-based initiatives.”

Ambassador of Sweden to Georgia Ulrik Tideström emphasised: “With this joint Team Europe effort, Sweden is proud to support sustainable tourism development in Georgia. Tourism is a rapidly developing sector which is a significant contributor to Georgia's economy and generates jobs and incomes for people in Georgia. The COVID-19 crisis has hit this sector hard, which further increases the relevance of our support. With this call for tourism development initiatives, we aim for empowering and giving more opportunities and hope to entrepreneurs in sustainable mountain tourism in the selected municipalities.”

Austrian Ambassador to Georgia Arad Benkö underlined: “Sustainable Mountain Tourism is the priority sector for Austria in cooperation with Georgia, and in the middle of this crisis we see that support to this field has become essential. The objective of the Tourism Development Initiative is to facilitate an improvement of the business environment and create income-generating opportunities in sustainable mountain tourism for reducing poverty and exclusion in the selected mountain areas of Georgia, namely Racha-Lechkhumi, Svaneti and Upper Imereti. Therefore, co-financing opportunities, capacity building and experience sharing, for registered commercial and non-commercial entities and individuals nowadays are one of the most important actions to economic recovery”.

The applicants should fill out the Expression of Interest (EoI) form online [LINK](link is external) in Georgian. More detailed information can be found HERE(link is external)