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The Project Ideas Contest is declared open!

The Contest of Project Ideas is announced on 2nd March under the joint EU/UNDP action “Combat the Negative Effects of Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus”. The contest closes on March 31, 2010.

According to the results of the contest, the most interesting and economically viable project initiatives will be selected for funding. Implementation of those project ideas will improve the living conditions of inhabitants from 4 target districts: Buda-Koshelevo, Vetka, Zhitkovichi and Khoiniki districts of Gomel Region.

The ideas should be aimed at solving socio-economical and environmental problems, as well as addressing the problems related to employment issues, economic development and income generation of local inhabitants of the project districts.

Experience of the project implementation in Chernobyl-affected area shows that many residents of contaminated districts actively and enthusiastically participated in solving problems of their districts. Unfortunately, quite often they are short of financial support, resources, knowledge and opportunities.

The joint EU/UNDP action “Combat the Negative Effects of Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus” will give an opportunity and resources to the winners of the Contest of Project Ideas. The financial assistance for project initiatives’ implementation will be available in the amount of 1 to 50 thousand dollars. However, the winners should count only on 50% of the required amount. The remaining 50% should be delivered from local sources of funding in the form of cash assets, works, property or equipment.

The project Regional Coordinators work in each of the four project districts with the main office in Gomel. All interested persons may address to them any inquiries or questions about the Contest, conditions of participation, and assistance in designing the project.

Once the Idea has changed the lives of people! In October 2009, in Vetka town, Gomel Region, the only children playground was opened thanks to the initiative of the local residents. Now we are looking forward your Ideas, which could improve the life of your area!

For more information, please contact Alena Sedach, PR Specialist of the project, tel. (+375 17) 256 14 57, mobile: (+375 44) 786 55 56, e-mail: .

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