The Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion contributes to the implementation of the Programme for the Integrated and Sustainable Development of the 100 + Villages of Albania 2022 – 2026.
The Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion, harmonized with the national programme of the Albanian Government for the Socio-economic development of the country “Programme for Integrated and Sustainable Development of 100+ Villages of Albania 2022-2026”, has started the implementation with Municipalities selected from a 2- stage evaluation process.
The public call for applications under the Grant Scheme was published on 15th of July 2021 and invited all Municipalities of the territory of Albania to apply with project ideas based on the objectives of the Grant Scheme which focused on the dimensions of regional development, encouraging institutions and partners to cooperate through inter-local projects that have a clear impact on regional development.
In the first phase of application, 55 Municipalities participated out of which 8 applied in cooperation with other Municipalities and 24 others applied in partnership with active local actors such as non-governmental organizations, local associations, businesses, etc.
The 20 best project ideas were selected to continue the competition by submitting the full application. The second phase of the application, which ended on November 15, 2021, was accompanied by capacity building activities for the staff of the selected municipalities focusing mainly on project preparation and the correct completion of the CfP formats, in order to ensure good quality of project proposals.
During the second phase, 20 municipalities applied with mature project proposals and 10 of them were successfully selected to receive a grant in the framework of the Grant Scheme on Regional Development and Cohesion.
In the table below you can find the list of winning projects which will have an implementation period of 10 months.
|No||Municipality||Co-applicant / Partner||Title||Budget|
|1||Belsh||Qendra ACIT||Boosting the tourism offer through eco-solutions||14,780,000 ALL|
|2||Kolonjë||Pёr Progress dhe Civilizim||Rehova’s Gate||15,000,000 ALL|
|3||Gjirokastër||Bashkia Dropull Instituti i Kërkimeve Urban (URI)||Alternative economic development in high-risk areas with illegal/informal actions such as cannabis planting in Gjirokastra and Dropull||29,999,685 ALL|
|4||Berat||–||Revitalization of attractive tourist facilities in the touristic village of Rroshnik||15,000,000 ALL|
|5||Malësi e Madhe||Assist Albania||Improving the tourist offer and increasing the seasonality in the villages of Lëpushë and Vermosh||15,000,000 ALL|
|6||Selenicë||Shoqata “Vajzë”||Heart of Laberia||15,000,000 ALL|
|7||Dibër||ANRD [Rrjeti Shqiptar i Zhvillimit Rural]||Smart Green Economy Possibilities for Radomira Touristic Village||13,492,400 ALL|
|8||Librazhd||–||The Requalification of Fushë Studën Village Center and The Construction of the Bicycle Pathway||13,200,000 ALL|
|9||Kukës||DMO Kukës||Adventure Park in Shishtavec||14,999,986 ALL|
|10||Lezhë||–||Improvement of road infrastructure for pedestrians and bicycles in Ishull Lezhe||11,615,492 ALL|