On November 28, Rondeli Foundation hosted the closing event within the Small Grants Project “Enhancing Regional Activism for Lasting Change” framework. The grant initiative aimed to promote civic activism and the introduction of democratic governance principles and also to support youth engagement at the local level by issuing small grants.
Only the beneficiaries of different projects implemented by Rondeli Foundation and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Georgia could submit project applications.
Ten selected projects were implemented throughout Georgia: in Svaneti, Samegrelo, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Pankisi, Shida Kartli, Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti regions. The projects supported to identify the needs of the population in regions and tackle the relevant challenges, raise awareness of the civilians, and encourage their involvement in the policy development and implementation processes. Several projects also aimed at empowering women in the regions and engaging local youth in volunteering activities.
H.E. Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Meline Arakelian, and the president of Rondeli Foundation gave speeches at the final event. The representatives of the regional organizations, initiative groups, and the individual activists who participated in the project, presented the results of the implemented initiatives and spoke about the importance of such projects for regional development.
Rondeli Foundation implemented the project with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Georgia.