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Embassy of Bulgaria in Georgia announces Call for Proposals

Embassy of Bulgaria in Georgia announces Call for Proposals

Deadline: 10 July 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria through the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Georgia announces a procedure for accepting and selecting proposals for projects to be implemented with a grant within the framework of the Official Development Assistance of the Republic of Bulgaria, with an initial implementation period in 2021.

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Objectives and Scope of the Projects

Support for Georgia’s EU integration & development of the bilateral relations. In this regard:

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Promotion of the good reputation and the international prestige of the Republic of Bulgaria;
Encouragement of democratic processes, based on the values ​​of democracy and rule of law;
Establishment of transparent, responsible and stable institutions at national, regional and local level, guaranteeing a high level of human rights protection as a precondition for sustainable and progressive development;
Assistance for quality and accessible education.
Priority Areas

Priority Areas for Project Implementation on the territory of Georgia are:

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Support for quality and inclusive education;
Strengthening the rule of law, good governance and administrative capacity;
Protection and enforcement of the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups;
Improving the access of the private sector to the European market by implementation of EU standards, with a special focus on agriculture and food safety.
Funding Information

Minimal amount of the project is 5 000 BGN.
Recommended maximum amount of the project is:
for projects with main purpose to deliver goods and /or services – up to 70,000 BGN;
for projects with main purpose to carry out repairs and /or construction activities – up to 100,000
Co-financing of project activities provided by the applicant will be considered an advantage in the evaluation, selection and approval of the projects.
Target Groups

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State and local institutions in Georgia;
Educational institutions – kindergartens, schools, day care centres, etc.;
Marginalized and vulnerable groups, with particular emphasis on women, children, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, etc.;
Non-governmental organizations, whose projects contribute to implementing the priorities and achieving the goals of the Bulgarian Official Development Aid;
Others – organizations, that through their activities will contribute to the international prestige of the Republic of Bulgaria and that specialize on the particular topics of the call for proposals, i.e. human rights protections, agriculture and food safety, education and care vulnerable groups, etc.
Output/Results

Promotion of the good reputation and the international prestige of the Republic of Bulgaria, expansion of the opportunities for knowledge transfer between the Republic of Bulgaria and Georgia;
Enhancement of the interaction between institutions at central, regional and local level, incl. with the aim to ensure high level of human rights protection, rule of law, democracy & good governance;
Quality improvement and enhanced access to education, incl. for the most vulnerable parts of the population;
Increasing of welfare through the establishment of socially significant infrastructure;
Adoption and implementation of good practices and European standards in the field of agriculture and the sustainable management of agricultural resources.
Eligible Activities and Project Costs

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The costs of project implementation must meet all of the conditions below:
be lawful and comply with the principles of responsibility, economy, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency;
be executed only against the necessary supporting documents – invoices or other documents of equivalent probative value, testifying the expenditures incurred;
be within the budget limits of the project;
not be funded by another project, program or any other financial scheme, related to or originating from the national budget, the EU
budget or any other donor.
Compulsory Activities to be provided in the Project:
provision of an audit report issued by an independent financial auditor;
activities to ensure publicity and visibility of the financial assistance provided, in accordance with the Publicity and Visibility Guidelines of the Bulgarian Development Aid, worth 3 to 5% of the total project value, but not exceeding 5 000 BGN.
Examples of Activities Eligible for Funding:
Activities, which contribute to the strengthening of the public institutions, develop and implement the national policy in the priority areas, aim to enhance their transparency, responsibility and efficiency, promote the civil society’s development and increase its contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development, as follows:
Development of new/modernization of existing training modules;
Organization and conducting of trainings for civil servants;
Conducting trainings on specific topics in Bulgarian institutions with the aim to exchange best practices and enhance the skills of the civil servants;
Organization and conducting of seminars, forums, conferences;
Development of research activities and strategies;
Activities to raise awareness of citizens’ rights;
Activities promoting the multicultural dialogue and mitigating/ eliminating racism, xenophobia, hate speech, discrimination and intolerance in society;
Activities improving the dialogue between the non-governmental organizations and the local, regional and national authorities;
Activities, related to the improvement of the infrastructure quality and the capacities’ expansion of the infrastructural objects through equipment and materials supply, construction works, restoration, renewal, rehabilitation, measures to preserve and improve adjacent buildings and infrastructure, public buildings and other complementary sites, for example:
Supply of equipment and materials for state or municipal property – schools, hospitals, kindergartens, old people’s homes, etc.;
Construction works for the improvement of state or municipal property – schools, hospitals, kindergartens, centres for children with disabilities, etc.
Eligibility Criteria

Primary and secondary budget spenders – legal entities of Georgia;
International and local non-governmental organizations;
Municipalities and their associations;
Educational, health and social institutions;
International humanitarian organisations;
Others – organizations, that through their activities will contribute to the international prestige of the Republic of Bulgaria and that specialize on the particular topics of the call for proposals, i.e. human rights protections, agriculture and food safety, education and care vulnerable groups, etc.
For more information, visit https://www.mfa.bg/en/embassies/georgia/news/25186

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