The two-day training "Funding Opportunities, Fundraising and Grant Application Writing" got under way on Thursday, February 23, 2017, in Kyiv, Ukraine. It was organised under the REC Framework Programme on Ukraine within the Ukraine LEAPs project (funded by the U.S. Department of State) and the LINK project (funded by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment). The event built the capacities of 50 representatives from 10 municipalities in Ukraine to turn measures proposed in their local environmental and energy action plans into concrete project proposals.
Mr. Mykola Kuzio, deputy minister in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, welcomed participants and emphasised that Ukraine is determined to make its way towards sustainable development. Mr. Kuzio stressed that the government of Ukraine is strongly committed to solving energy-related problems and improving environmental conditions.
H.E. Ole T. Horpestad, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary at the Royal Norwegian Embassy, added some words of welcome and pledged that Norway will continue to support Ukraine in three priority areas: energy sector reform and efficiency; the rule of law and good governance; and strengthening the private sector.
Ms. Aine Shiozaki, environment, science and technology, and health (ESTH) analyst at the Economic Office of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, told how she is impressed with Ukraine’s efforts to improve the country's environmental situation and expressed her support for the positive impacts created by REC programmes in partner municipalities towards the achievement of sustainable development.
Mr. Matthias Puhringer, the REC's director for international cooperation and strategy and the director of the LINK and Ukraine LEAPs pojects, reminded participants about achievements to date before introducing the two-day training programme, the main objective of which is to strengthen the capacity of Ukrainian municipalities to identify, develop and prepare investment projects for financing, and to communicate those projects to the external financing community. Concluding that "excellence is an art won by training", Mr. Puhringer introduced the sessions to follow.
During the training course, participants acquired the necessary skills and techniques to assume an active role in developing and implementing projects at the local and regional level. They also learned to overcome difficulties in developing and submitting their project proposals. Having completed the training course, participants have the necessary knowledge to:
The training course was designed specifically for local governments. It employed interactive teaching methods, encouraged active participation in the lectures, and illustrated the practical application of knowledge by means of examples and tasks designed for small working groups of four to six people. Participants were given hand-outs, materials and exercises to enable them to follow, and hopefully master, the topics covered during the course.
For further information, please see the training agenda (available in English and Ukrainian) and the training materials.