“Moldova Sustainable Green Cities” UNDP Project is launching a grant program to support new and innovative solutions for modern and environmentally friendly urban development.

The grant amount offered under the Fast Track Challenge Program is up to $8,000 each. The initiatives may be submitted by legal entities registered in the Republic of Moldova. Participants in the contest must cover at least 30% of their own contribution from the total value of the submitted project. The project proposals accepted in the competition shall cover the following thematic areas:

1. Urban mobility

2. Waste management

3. Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources

4. Sustainable urban planning

“We support financially innovative initiatives that respond to the challenges of urbanization and aim to increase people's comfort, but also to have a positive impact on the environment. We will finance the initiatives that can be implemented in a short period of time and provide tangible results quickly,” mentioned Alexandru Rotaru, Project Manager at UNDP Moldova

The submitted projects will be implemented within a maximum period of 9 months. The co-financing may be non-monetary or monetary and shall be provided by the grant applicant company or consortium. Also, partnerships with NGOs, companies or public institutions will be considered an asset.

The project proposals will be evaluated by a Committee against the eligibility criteria: relevance; innovation; social, economic and environmental impacts; sustainability; the degree of replication/scalability; territorial coverage and implementation period. The evaluation will take place in two stages: examining how the submitted applications follow the eligibility criteria and presenting a pitch to the Evaluation Committee. In 2018, 4 project initiatives will benefit from funding. The Fast Track Challenge Programme will be launched also during 2019-2021.

The conditions for participation and the application guide can be found accessing this link. “Moldova Sustainable Green Cities” Project will hold a "Questions-Answers" session dedicated to the Fast Track Challenge Program on October 18 at 10.00, at the following address: BC Le Roi, 29, Sfatul Tarii Street, 3rd Floor, Conference Room. Those interested to attend the information session are kindly requested to register by phone: +373 60495751 or e-mail: ala.camerzan@undp.org.

The deadline for submitting the project proposals is October 31, 2018. The application package shall be submitted electronically to the following e-mail address: alexandru.rotaru@undp.org, with the message subject line “FTCP Green City 2018, [applicant’s name]”.

“Moldova Sustainable Green Cities” Project, with a five-year duration: 2018-2022, has a budget of approx. $2.6 million provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and co-funded by UNDP with $80,000.

For more information please contact: Alexandru Rotaru, Project Manager, UNDP Moldova, Tel: +373 69162798, alexandru.rotaru@undp.org

Ina Prisacaru-Zglavuta, Communications Officer, UNDP Moldova, Tel: (+373 69)141006, ina.zglavuta@undp.org

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