Latvian grants for media and NGOs in response to COVID-19 challenges

A 2020 grant competition has been launched for development cooperation projects in the EU’s Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is announcing a grant project competition "Support for development cooperation in recipient countries selected by the Republic of Latvia". In this case, they are specific European Union Eastern Partnership countries – Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – as well as the following countries in Central Asia – Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

In line with the “Communication on the Global EU response to COVID-19”, this competition is envisaged to address urgent issues raised by the COVID-19 crisis, including in the health sector, and to overcome socio-economic challenges related to COVID-19. To reach those aims, support may be provided for the development of public governance, administrative capacity building, business development, strengthening export capacity, and promotion of principles of democratic and open societies.

In view of restrictions being imposed during the COVID-19 crisis, activities may be implemented remotely, through mobile solutions.

Eligible applicants are institutions of direct and indirect public administration, local governments, government agencies of the Republic of Latvia as well as associations, foundations, businesses, and trade unions registered in Latvia. The project applicant should have at least one cooperation partner in a recipient country.

The total funding made available for the projects is EUR 445 253. A single development cooperation grant project can receive from EUR 20,000 to EUR 60,000.

The deadline for submissions of applications is 23.59 on 10 May 2020.

For further information about the competition, please call us at (+371) 67015967 or write an e-mail to AttistibasSadarbiba@mfa.gov.lv.

Winners will be announced on the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s website.

At 13.00 on 24 April 2020, all potential applicants are welcome to a videoconference (to be held in Latvian) on the requirements related to drafting and preparing an application. Please apply for participation in the remote meeting not later than 13.00 on 23 April by sending the participant’s name, surname, and e-mail address to AttistibasSadarbiba@mfa.gov.lv.


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