On 01. January 2019 German NGO Help started implementation of the project “Support to socio-economic stability of the Western Balkans region 2019-2020” in the municipalities of Travnik, Vareš, Ljubinje, Berkovići. The project is funded by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, and co-financed by the project municipalities.
The project will last until 31 December 2020 and support a total of 200 clients. Potential beneficiaries are all unemployed persons from socially vulnerable categories of the population with healthy business ideas for starting or developing independent business activities.
The project can support all activities in the field of agriculture, crafts, services and tourism, which result in the corresponding monthly income, depending on the available financial resources and market potential of each individual proposal.
Grants will be distributed exclusively in the form of material and technical resources required for the activity, without cash payments.
The average amount of individual donation was set at EUR 2,000 equivalent for business ideas in the field of agriculture, crafts, services and tourism. Each beneficiary will be obliged to co-finance 15% of the total amount of the grant, register activity (minimum as an agricultural household) and conduct 10 hours of community-work for the local community.
Help will select project clients in accordance with the set of social and economic criteria set. Single parents, women, persons with disabilities and joint projects created by vulnerable groups will be particularly considered, depending on the sustainability of the proposed business idea.
Additionally, the Help will encourage additional development through the involvement of 40 supported or new clients in the vocational education process, which will be implemented by a partner organization specialized in this type of education.
In addition, Help will provide funds for the implementation of a small municipal project for each project municipality in order to solve a problem for the benefit of the entire local community.
Timetable of info sessions for each project municipality available in the links below:
Application form available in the link below: