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Support for the Activity of the Association „Balta Maja” to Strengthen the Participatory Democracy in Latgale Region

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Source of Funding: EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014
Program: NGO Activity Support Measure (2009-2014)

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Lack of funding makes it difficult to ensure targeted and sustainable operation of the association. The project provides the opportunity to expand its activities and to ensure its sustainability, as well as to encourage civic participation.
Objective of project is to strengthen sustainability and capacity of the association „Balta Maja” in order to promote the processes of participatory democracy in Latgale region. The Project will provide improvement of quality of the services, ensure further development of the association's activities, promote volunteering, develop cooperation among NGOs and interest groups of Livani district, promote cooperation with NGOs from Latgale region and other regions of the country. 15 members of the association will be trained and will gain new knowledge and skills, premises of the Day Care Center will be renovated and adjusted.
Main target groups are the NGO members and local residents.

Project results: During the implementation of the program the intended results were achieved, and the project’s planned impact on the target audience was ensured. The methods chosen for the implementation of the project activities, the content of the implemented activities and the achieved results of the project have been appropriate for the project target group’s needs and interests.
Implementation of the project has increased the project promoter’s- the association’s “Balta maja” capacity, knowledge of members, volunteers and staff and has provided opportunities to gain new experience from other NGOs examples of good practice.
Within the framework of the project the staff and members of the association “Balta maja” have increased their level of knowledge and improved their skills. This will enable them to provide more fruitful contribution and ensure the sustainability of the organization.
Due to the training the communication among employees and clients has improved. The acquired knowledge will be used in all fields of activity of the association; the acquisition of the EU Structural Funds and other funds financing will be promoted to ensure maintenance of the results after the end of the project in accordance with the aims and objectives of the association. Successful development and operational improvements of the association “Balta maja” will have a positive impact on the Livani district resident life quality in the long term and will contribute to the development of new NGO sector initiatives.
The implementation of the project has helped to ensure the transmission of experience to other NGOs, especially to those which provide social services and to those whose target groups are seniors or rural residents. Very useful experience was gained in the experience exchange trips aimed to familiarize with the situation of NGOs in the neighbouring countries – Estonia and Lithuania.
The project publicity materials play a huge role in the dissemination and availability of the project results. Development of informative materials has been organized in accordance with the planned program throughout the entire project implementation period. During the project implementation period there were made informative postcards; informative calendars for 2014-2016; the association’s informative booklet/ catalogue of Livanu NGOs and an informative overview of the association’s work during 18 years. Informative publications ensure the recognition of the project and program of the organization and its partners not only during the implementation period but also after it.
Results of the program:
1. The development of organization’s main activities has been promoted, and the quality of services provided has been improved.
2. The development of the association’s activities has been ensured, and the popularity of volunteering has been promoted.
3. Cooperation between Livani district NGOs and interest groups has been developed.
4. Cooperation between NGOs from Latgale district and other districts of the country has been enhanced.
5. 15 members of the organization and employees have received training and gained new experience in 3 experience exchange trips.
6. Two project information and publicity events have been organized. Six informative materials have been made and distributed.
7. Arrangements were made for attracting additional funding.
8. Repair of the Day Care Centre premises was carried out.

Supported by the EEA Grants. Case number: LV03. Programme name: „NGO fund”

Project number: 2012.EEZ/DAP/MAC/152
Project approval date: 20.06.2013.
Project contract date: 15.08.2013.
Status of the project: Pabeigts
Name of Project Promoter: Association „Balta maja”
Type of Project Promoter: Association/Foundation
Place(s) of implementation: Līvānu novads
Project implementation region(s): Latgale Region
Project duration, months: 30
Total eligible costs (Programme co-financing and Project Promoter’s contribution): 59618.36 EUR / 41 900.02 LVL;
Programme co-financing (EEA Grants – 95%): 50973.69 EUR / 35 824.51 LVL;
Programme co-financing (State budget – 5%): 2682.83 EUR / 1 885.50 LVL;
Project Promoter’s contribution: 5961.84 EUR / 4 190.00 LVL;
Legal address: Stacijas iela 2, Līvāni, Līvānu novads, LV-5316
Phone No.: 65381707; 26191652
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