The European Union has allocated more than 80 thousand Euro for the project “Spark of hope for the Russian villages.” Funding received 57 mini-projects in the five pilot regions: Arkhangelsk and Kaliningrad regions, Krasnodar and Altai territories and the Altai Republic, reports RIA “Novosti” with reference to the head of the EU delegation to Russia Vygaudas Usackas.
Project “Spark of hope for Russian villages” aimed at the development of rural communities “through the dialogue and interaction between population, local government bodies and specially protected natural territories,” the Agency clarified.
According to Usackas, the competition for grants was attended by 200 applications, of which 57 received funding for a total amount of 83 thousand euros.
“We want the project reflected the fact that close to every European and Russian citizens’ desire to take responsibility for their lives, look for solutions and to participate actively in positive change. In this the EU sees the key to economic and social prosperity of each citizen and the country as a whole”, – said the representative of the EU.
Usackas noted that thanks to the EU support in other regions of Russia were able to arrange a guest house and Museum, to clear the banks of the ponds and the sea, to start making money through the development and provision of tourist services.
“The projects are small, but they are very important, since these little things lead to specific and tangible changes,” he said.
Valentina Belyaeva, a resident of Arkhangelsk region was one of the recipients of the grant. She told me that apply was easy. “I set an example that should not be afraid,” – said the Agency interlocutor.