YEREVAN, April 23 (Noyan Tapan).


The World Bank Yerevan Office and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation – Armenia (OSIAF) announced the results of the Small Grants Program-2003. Eight Armenian non-profit, non-government organizations were selected finalists to receive grant awards.
The amount of awards totals $80,000. In total, 169 project proposals were received from NGOs from all over

The Armenian National League Against Epilepsy presented a project aimed at improvement of social conditions for persons with epilepsy. The project will be carried out in the town of Spitak and three surrounding communities in Lori region.
Investigative Journalists Association aims at investigating and tracking whether social services and benefits are directed appropriately and actually reach vulnerable and poor families in twelve communities in Kotayk region.
Socio-Economic Analysis and Consulting aims at creating a guide for civil society organizations on participatory development.
CorporateGovernanceCenter plans to activate participation of small shareholders through organizing and carrying out seminars and consultations.
InternationalAccountingTrainingCenter” Educational Foundation will provide with training courses for refugees.
Psychologists’ Association will provide with academic
courses prisoners in Kosh in order to compensate them for lack of secondary education and provide classes on wood-processing.
SocialDialogueCenter will carry out a social risk
assessment in the town of Abovyan.
RehabilitationCenter will implement an
“Integrated Kindergarten” project where disabled and healthy children will be brought up side by side.
The official ceremony of signing of contracts was held on April 23. The WB representative in Armenia Roger Robinson expressed a hope that the sum allocated to the Small Grants Program will be increased. This is the fifth year of implementation of the WB Small Grants Program in Armenia. During
this period 23 local NGOs have received grants. The amounts of the disbursed funds totals $150,000.

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