Dear Prospective Applicants,
The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) is seeking applications from qualified applicants in the Western Balkans countries/territories of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to apply for funding costs for vocational training in tourism, agriculture and other cross-cutting sectors like Business Development and ICT, identified as important for economic diversification in the rural areas.
Request for Application (RFA) is comprised of the following main sections:
- Project Description
- Eligible applicants
- Illustrative activities to be financed under this RFA
- Award Administration Information
- Submission Requirements
- Application Review Information
Subject to availability of funds, SWG intends to fund cost for certificate obtained for vocational training in tourism, agriculture and other cross-cutting sectors like Business Development and ICT, identified as important for economic diversification in the rural areas, for training to be obtained between September 28, 2022 and ending on June 30, 2024.
This RFA is a two-stage application process. In the first stage, applicants are asked to submit an Application for Vocational training funding in the attached format, which will be reviewed by SWG’s Evaluation Committee. Applicants will be notified if their application for training qualifies for reimbursement. In the second stage the applicant will send SWG the certificate obtained upon which SWG will reimburse the applicant for funding of up to 300 EUR gross including all related taxes of the training cost.
Awards will be made to the responsive applicants whose applications best meet the requirements of this RFA on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
SWG requires that the Application for Vocational training funding be submitted electronically (e-mailed) to SWG Secretariat at email@example.com starting September 28, 2022 until March 31, 2023.
SWG reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted. Issuance of this RFA does not constitute an award commitment on the part of SWG, nor does it commit SWG to pay for any costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Further, SWG reserves the right to reject any or all applications received. All preparation and submission costs are at the Applicant’s own expense.
Application package in English language:
- RFA VOCATIONAL TRAINING SWG FUNDING
- Annex 1 Application for Vocational Training
- Annex 1a Detailed Application for Vocational Training
- Annex 2 Request for reimbursement
- Annex 3 List of rural municipalities
You can find more information about Program for Vocational Training and application process in all Western Balkan languages on the links below ⬇️
The activity is part of the Project: Promotion of Economic Diversification in Rural Areas of South Eastern Europe (SEDRA II) in SEE – Value chain capacity building on agriculture and rural tourism to promote rural employment opportunities” financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by SWG RRD in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ).
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence