Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat announced that it launched an EUR 1.62 million grant scheme on July 15, that will be utilized to improve infrastructure and quality of services along regional cultural and adventure tourism routes.
The scheme will include more than 30 grants, worth up to EUR 54,000 each, and will be implemented over a three-year period, RCC announced.
– With this grant scheme the RCC will enable both public and private sectors in the six Western Balkans economies to implement necessary interventions at tourism sites and make cultural and natural attractions more appealing to international and regional visitors – said Goran Svilanovic, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council.
– In other words, we will help build better and joint regional tourism offer that will attract more tourist to the region, lengthen their stay and increase revenues and number of quality jobs in the industry – he added.
The grants scheme is an integral part of the European Union funded and RCC implemented Tourism Development and Promotion project worth EUR 5 million. It will be carried out through three consecutive cycles with an aim to implement at least ten pilot projects in each cycle.
Public calls for proposal will initiate each of the cycles that will be open to legal entities including non-governmental and non-profit organizations, associations, foundations and local authorities that will be directly responsible for the preparation, management and implementation of grants.
The first call for proposal issued on July 15 will be specifically open for local and regional tourism development organizations, tourism clusters, educational and training organizations actively engaged in tourism development, as well as national and nature parks.
Deadline for applications is August 16, 2018.
More information about the grant scheme is available at this link