The Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP) has announced the launch of the new grant program Small Environmental Grants to support horticulture business in Ukraine with a budget of CAD 125,000. “We would like to announce a new program of small grants… If we talk about the producers of fruits, vegetables and honey, then we are implementing this project in four southern regions of Ukraine, in which this production is focused: Mykolaiv, Kherson, Odesa and Zaporizhia regions. However, we understand that IT companies are located in different cities, therefore, we will accept applications from other regions of Ukraine for this part of the program,” UHBDP project manager Dmytro Nikolaev told reporters at the third Organic Ukraine 2019 International Congress on Friday.
UHBDP sees producers of honey, vegetables, fruits, berries and other producers of fruits and vegetables with and without organic certification, suppliers of equipment and IT tools among the program participants.
A mandatory condition for participation is an officially registered business.
The amount of grant assistance is from CAD 8,000 to CAD 12,500 for one project. The results of the grant competition will be announced by September 2019. Applications for participation in the competition can be submitted on the project’s website from April 1 to April 15, 2019.
The budget of the Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP), aimed at grant support to fruit and vegetable producers in the southern regions of Ukraine, is estimated at CAD19 million.
“The budget of the project is more than CAD19 million, of which we have spent less than half as of now. Our task is to maximally use these funds until April 2021 to help small and medium-sized producers in the south of the country,” manager of the project Dmytro Nikolayev told journalists at the second international congress Organic Ukraine 2018.
According to him, full-fledged work within the framework of the project launched in 2014 began in 2016. The preparatory process had lasted for almost two years. UHBDP was looking for partners in the regions.
“We implemented two projects in 2016, four in 2017. We hope that in 2018 two or three more projects will be realized. We are talking about production of goods with additional value,” he said.
As reported, UHBDP plans to issue a $82,000 grant to Agro Patriot to launch a garlic storage and processing facility. Its capacity will be 1,000 tonnes per year.