Community Based Approach to Local Development
Thursday, 08 July 2010

Lviv Region: Sambirsky Rayon Launches Competition of Mini-Grants among Local Communities

Local authorities support the CBA methodology and disseminate it beyond pilot rayons. The Sambirsky rayon, and Lviv region, were the first among the rayons of the region to launch the Programme ‘Mini-projects to support and develop local initiatives of territorial communities and community organizations in the Sambirsky rayon’. In an interview, Deputy Head of Sambirska RC Vitaliy Kimak noted: ‘Cooperation between Sambirsky rayon and Polish communes was established five years ago when we shared experience in organizing activities of local self-governance bodies and in solving current problems. Then active heads of communities began attending international seminars, and trainings. The agency of the regional development of Sambirsky rayon played an important role in this process. In the beginning local communities received UAH 5,000 to solve their minor problems. Later local communities won grants and received more funds to solve pressing problems. Simultaneously, local authorities took an interest in these programmes. Winning the competition within Community Based Approach to Local Development Project opened us up to new possibilities and gave the local communities grants summing up to $ 70,000. Thanks to the CBA Project we have obtained important experience, and the local communities have become more active. The Rayon Council decided to launch a competition to take part in the Programme ‘Mini-projects to support and develop local initiatives of territorial communities and community organizations in the Sambirsky rayon’. With this purpose UAH 250,000 was allocated from the rayon budget. In the end of June the competition will be announced among community organizations, bodies of self-organization of population and of action groups. Village heads cannot apply, as their interests do not always coincide with those of local community; but if a village head has a good idea, he/ she can realize it through his/ her community. In line with the adopted rules mini-grants can be spent to realize any initiative on education, culture, sports, youth’s leisure, upbringing, cherishing traditions, patriotic education, and recreational development. Applications from communities, which have experience in cooperation with national and international grant programmes, require financing. This year we are going to receive UAH 400,000 from international funds. We have studied the experience of cooperation between international funds and Donetska and Rivnenska OC. Lvivska city council has already obtained such opportunities, and now the experience has been adopted by the Lvivska oblast council. Objectives of the Programme are as follows: 1) support and develop community initiatives aimed at improving living conditions; 2) advance rural communities’ capability to attract resources to develop social infrastructure; 3) unite available resources of local self-governance and local communities to solve pressing problems; 4) support and develop generally useful activities of territorial communities; 5) stipulate activities of community organizations and action groups in the rayon to solve special tasks of self-governance and executive bodies. Furthermore, we are going to allocate funds from the rayon budget to partially finance the Kulchytsky festival, youth camping, sports competitions, etc. As of today, within the framework of the cooperation with the UNDP, a kind of village development agency, 9 community organizations have been created in Kalyniv, Hordynya, Kornalovychi, Blazhiv, Volya Baranetska, Vilshanyk, Chaikovychi, Palivka villages and Dublyany urban village. Currently they do not need help to raise funds from international donors to solve local problems. Moreover, RC and RSA have created a local development fund and community resource centre. Like in the year 2009, this year UAH 180,000 will be allocated from rayon budget to co-finance grants. Seven rural communities have received $ 10,000 each from the UNDP to procure a school bus in the Volya Baranetska village, repair community centers in Kalyniv and Hordynya villages, initiate energy saving project in Blazhiv, Vilshanyk, Chaikovychi villages, renovate local outpatients’ clinic in Kornalovychi village etc. Local communities are going to complete all projects by the end of the year. I also wish to take this opportunity to invite all the active citizens of the Sambirsky rayon to take part in the competition. Application forms are available at the rayon council. Grants will differ from UAH 5,000 UAH 60,000’.