World Vision Armenia
article • Tuesday, December 18th 2018

Small-grants opportunity for civil society organistions in Gegharkunik and Vayots Dzor Marzes

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Small-grants opportunity for civil society organistions in Gegharkunik and Vayots Dzor Marzes: creating tourism products in the consolidated community of Chambarak and in Agarakadzor, Gnishik, Khndzorut, Nor Aznaberd and Vardahovit communities of Vayots Dzor Marz

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The "EU4Tourism: Community-driven rural tourism and cultural activities in Gegharkunik and Vayots Dzor Marzes" project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by World Vision Armenia and Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) is hereby announcing a small-grants call. The purpose of the grants is to create new tourism experiences and/or products in the consolidated community of Chambarak and in Agarakadzor, Gnishik, Khndzorut, Nor Aznaberd and Vardahovit communities of Vayots Dzor marz as well as expand the tourism potential of the regions through: strengthening existing tourism opportunities, including improvement of their infrastructure, creating new touristic packages and coming up with innovative solutions to boost the tourism flows.

 

PREFACE  

Rapidly growing tourism in Armenia also opens up new opportunities for rural communities for new income sources and non-agricultural employment opportunities. This trend is present in close to all communities located along the main touristic routes, where the number of tourism service providers, such as hotels and eateries, is steadily growing.  

Armenia is well known for its rich historic and cultural heritage, pristine nature, diverse flora and fauna. Visitors are charmed by mountains, forests, green fields; they are amazed by traditions and values rooted in the depths of past millennia. Such valuable natural and cultural heritage is promising for further rural tourism development and, coupled with the traditions of Armenian hospitality, there is a significant touristic appeal.   

However, nearly all rural locations lack appropriate services and basic infrastructure for expanding rural tourism activities. Service providers limit themselves to merely offering lodging and food, meanwhile the communities are abundantly gifted with natural, cultural and historic resources provides potential for both ordinary and adventure tourists to  spend longer time at these locations and have more in-depth exchanges with the local communities. 

These challenges are also present when tourists visit Chambarak and Vayots Dzor – there are limited activities of interest despite the beauty of and heritage hidden in the surrounding mountains and valleys. This call is aimed at further developing the prehistoric archeological heritage resources in Chambarak and natural and cultural heritage resources in Vayots Dzor marz. The recent discovery of important archeological sites with rich prehistoric heritage in Chambarak has begun to attract more visitors spanning from internationally acclaimed specialists to ordinary tourists and visitors. 

This project will support the consolidated community of Chambarak and Agarakadzor, Gnishik, Khndzorut, Nor Aznaberd and Vardahovit communities of Vayots Dzor marz to further develop their touristic potential by developing new touristic products based on the unique local resources with a view to positively impact the local economy.  

Rural tourism has many advantages. Perhaps the most important one is raising the community/region profile and empowering the local community, which in turn attracts new opportunities of income sources.  In many countries, archeological and historic sites attract many tourists and by-products are developed to make the visit attractive to larger groups of tourists with different interests and/or families. This has generally provided local income and contributed to improvements in life standards and quality of life in the surrounding localities. 

Increased attention towards these communities can also foster the development of a niche identity and strengthen the links between individual resource persons and their communities through broader participation, involvement and investment in the local development process with shared benefits. Hence, given that many history interested and religious tourists visit Armenia, the return of investments in archeological and cultural tourism around sites as the ones in Chambarak and Vayots Dzor is promising. 

Cultural, natural and archeological resources are important not only for developing tourism at the local level, but also for improving citizens understanding of their past. 

 

Project Lots

The program is divided in to two lots:

Lot 1: Developing an archaeological tourism experience or product in the consolidated community of Chambarak and cultural or nature-based tourism experience or product in Agarakadzor, Gnishik, Khndzorut, Nor Aznaberd and Vardahovit communities of Vayots Dzor marz

Lot 2: Developing a rural tourism experience or product in the consolidated community of Chambarak and in Agarakadzor, Gnishik, Khndzorut, Nor Aznaberd and Vardahovit communities of Vayots Dzor marz

 

The proposed touristic products should include:

1.Visitor/guest-tailored leisure activity proposals beyond eating and drinking,

2.Educational and environmental solutions,

3.Clear financial model articulating the financial sustainability of the product.

Utilisation of new technology is highly encouraged and will be rewarded in the assessment․

 

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

This small-grants opportunity is open to civil society organisations (CSOs) registered and based in Gegharkunik and Vayots Dzor marzes. CSOs registered in other marzes of Armenia may apply if they have a partner organisation in Gegharkunik and Vayots Dzor marzes. 

1.An applicant organisation must have past experience of at least three (3) years of activities.  

2.The application should include all proposed key project staffs CVs.

3.The granted project(s) will be VAT-exempt. 

 

WHAT WE PROPOSE

Lot 1: Two selected grant projects will benefit from a grant of 9,700,000 AMD from the “EU4Tourism: Community-driven rural tourism and cultural activities in Gegharkunik and Vayots Dzor marzes" project. 

Lot 2: Five selected grant projects will benefit from a grant of 1,500,000-2,800,000 AMD from the “EU4Tourism: Community-driven rural tourism and cultural activities in Gegharkunik and Vayots Dzor marzes" project. 

The proposed projects should be completed within 4-6 months.  

 

Evaluation criteria

The evaluation committee members will evaluate applications using a 0-5 scoring system according to the indicators and weight values presented in this table: 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please fill in the project application form, activity plan, attach proposed staff CVs along with the project budget and submit at the following email address: wvarmenia@wvi.org (please find the documents here).

The deadline for submission of proposals is 17:00, 25 January, 2019

The orientation session for the interested applicants will be held at 11:00, 27 December, 2018 in World Vision Armenia (1 Romanos Melikyan street).

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