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22 Apr 2019

EU to earmark €720,000 for Heritage projects in Belarus

EU to earmark €720,000 for Heritage projects in Belarus

MINSK, 22 April (BelTA) – The European Union will assign around €720,000 for implementation of Heritage microprojects in Belarus, BelTA learned from the Brest office of the Cross-Border Cooperation Program Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020.

During the meeting in Nesvizh, the joint monitoring committee of the program approved the results of the 2nd Call for Proposals, which dealt with microprojects dedicated to the topic Heritage. The committee decided to spend €4.14 million to co-finance 74 projects out of 250 submitted applications. Belarus is participating in 33 of them. The committee approved 14 projects from Brest Oblast and Grodno Oblast each, 4 from Minsk Oblast, and one from Gomel Oblast.

Belarusian organizations are leading beneficiaries in six projects. For example, the organization Green Cross Belarus from Minsk will get €60,000 to implement a project on educational tourism across the areas with nature reserves in the three countries. The same sum will be assigned to the Khoiniki Regional Museum of Local Lore to finance a project to preserve and promote the common cultural heritage through museum activities. The local charity Brest Fortress Development Foundation will get €59,200 to introduce new bicycle routes around the Brest Fortress forts using the VeloFort mobile application. Grodno Oblast unit of the Tourism and Sport National Association will receive almost the same sum to finance its project Green View that aims to promote protected natural sites of Sokolka District and Grodno District  through their visual representations.

Other winners of the 2nd Call for Proposals include the Borisov district children and youth creativity center with its project “Urban folklore study and revitalization as the main element of festivities in shtetls (Jewish townships), the cultural heritage sites which ceased to exist in the 20th century” (€42,100). Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno is a leading beneficiary of the project to preserve Eliza Orzeszkowa’s and Ludwik Zamenhof’s historical and cultural heritage in Grodno and Bialystok (€36,300).

“The EU planned to spend €5.2 million for the second stage of the contest. As not the whole sum has been assigned yet, the Joint Monitoring Committee has decided to organize the 3rd Call for Proposals among microprojects on the topic Heritage with the total budget of €1.054 million. A project can win a grant of €20,000-60,000. Plans are in place to hold the contest in the fourth quarter of 2019,” the Brest office of the program said.

Belarus is participating in 33 big regular infrastructure projects of international technical assistance which have been approved by the Cross-border Cooperation Program Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020.

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