Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant was launched by the Hrant Dink Foundation in March 2014 with a view to increase direct contacts and to promote cooperation between the peoples of the two neighbouring countries.
Since its launch in March 2014, the Hrant Dink Foundation awarded 210 individuals from Armenia and Turkey to travel to the neighbouring country between April 2014 and May 2015 thanks to the European Union funding. Between July 2015 and September 2015, Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant supported the travels of 26 individuals with the joint financial assistance of the British Embassy Ankara and the British Embassy Yerevan. After their visits to the neighbouring country the grantees have shared their experiences and impressions through the Beyond Borders website.
Between July 2016 to July 2017, thanks to the European Union funding, Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant will continue to support at least 180 individuals and non-profit civic initiatives from Armenia and Turkey to travel to the neighbouring country for their activities and studies in various thematic fields, by covering their international and domestic travel costs.
Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant is designed as a pool to encourage non-profit civic initiatives and individuals including youth initiatives, university students, civil society organisations, professional organisations, high school students and teachers, academics and researchers, journalists, doctors, lawyers, social workers, publishers, artists, sports clubs, businesses and local authorities, to travel to the neighbouring country for specific goals. Through the Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant, the Foundation aims to contribute to joint initiatives between the people of the two countries in various thematic fields such as civil society, youth and volunteering, human rights and democracy, education, environment, history, culture and arts, development, sports, gender, medicine, law, technology, regional cooperation and European integration.
Citizens of Turkey and Armenia, individuals legally residing in Turkey and Armenia, non-profit groups, initiatives and organisations based or registered in Turkey and Armenia will be able to benefit from the Travel Grant as beneficiaries.
The applications to the Travel Grant will be assessed by an independent Selection Committee made up of 6 members from Turkey and Armenia. The results and beneficiaries will be announced on the Beyond Borders website.
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.