On October 13, 2016, Grant Management Seminar was held at Eurasia Partnership Foundation to present the winners of Grant Scheme beneficiaries, that was announced within the framework of the programme “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process: Stage Two” (ATNP2), funded by the European Union under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace.
Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process: Stage Two (ATNP2) is a programme implemented by a Consortium of eight civil society organisations from Armenia and Turkey with the financial assistance of the European Union under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace. ATNP2 builds upon the achievements of ATNP1 implemented between 2014-2015.
The Programme’s overall objective is to empower and engage civil societies of Turkey and Armenia to contribute to the enhanced regional peace and stability, democratic pluralism and social inclusion across and within their societies. Hence, the Grant Scheme was created to invite organisations and individuals from Armenia and Turkey to propose and implement their own project ideas, which will contribute to the overall objective of the Programme and multiply the shared outcomes.
A Grant Scheme call was announced, the deadline of which closed on August 29, 2016. A total of 47 applications were received, 31 from Armenia and 16 from Turkey. The Selection Committee was formed by the representatives of all members of the ATNP2 Consortium who evaluated the applications based on the selection criteria stated in the Call for Proposals.
As a result of evaluation, the following 9 applicants - 3 from Turkey and 6 from Armenia, were selected as grant recipients:
During the Grant Management seminar, the Armenian based grantees introduced their organisations and project proposals to the Consortium members and the EU representative. EPF presented the programmatic and financial/administrative procedures of the project implementation. In November, it is anticipated to hold a similar Grant Management Seminar in Turkey for the 3 other grant recipients.
The Grant Scheme was first launched by the Consortium in 2014, within the framework of the programme “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process: Stage One”, with two open calls in May and September. As a result, a total of 130 applications was received, 60 from Armenia and 70 from Turkey, out of which 11 applications, 6 from Armenia and 5 from Turkey, were funded.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.