A total of 20 local development project proposals were selected out of 134 applications submitted to an EU-funded rural development grant competition, launched in October 2020. The competition was carried out as part of the EU-funded ENPARD project ‘Local Action Group (LAG) Tskaltubo’, implemented by Non-Governmental Organisation People in Need (PIN).
Among the winning projects, 14 are from agriculture and business development, five from the public sector, and one is a local community initiative.
The projects supported in the area of agriculture include greenhouses in the villages of Gvishtibi, Maghlaki, Geguti and Opshkviti, which will produce lettuce, arugula and dessert grapes, and a chicken farm in Tskaltubo town.
Several business projects aim at the development of tourism and related services: three guesthouses in the town of Tskaltubo and the village of Khomuli, the ‘Three Elements’ adventure and camping space in the village of Gumati, a speleo tourism attraction to be created in Tskaltubo and others. In addition, to develop the service sector in Tskaltubo Municipality, the Tskaltubo LAG supported a project proposal aiming to improve the quality of accounting services available to local small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Within the community project, table tennis equipment will be installed in Tskaltubo Central Park. The public projects will provide a library in Sachkhere village public school, and a music club and mini cinema for educational activities for two public schools in Tskaltubo. Besides, the Children Inclusive Centre will purchase adapted vehicles to provide day care services for children with disabilities.
By the spring of 2021, the Tskaltubo LAG will announce another round of the grants competition to support project ideas that will further contribute to the development of Tskaltubo Municipality.
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