Skopje, 6th January 2015 (MIA) – Starting today, rural municipalities can apply to the Ministry of Finance for grants – non-repayable funds in the amount of up to EUR 260,000 for infrastructure projects.

Total grant fund for rural infrastructure amounts to EUR 20.7 million, EUR 15.5 million out of which is provided from IPA funds, and the remaining EUR 5.2 million is budget funds.

Funds are intended for investments in infrastructure projects for water supply, waste water collection and treatment (water treatment stations and waste water systems with a capacity for a population between 2,000 and 10,000 inhabitants), solid waste management, construction or reconstruction of local roads and streets, main infrastructure for access to electricity, renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, … They can also be used for projects for street lighting, landscaping and construction of tourist and recreational areas, construction and reconstruction of municipal facilities, such as children’s and youth cultural centers, kindergartens, schools, green markets, municipal buildings, as well as other priority projects within the competence of the local authorities.

Purpose of the project, according to the Ministry of Finance, is to improve the quality of life in the rural areas, narrow the gap between the urban and the rural municipalities in terms of social and economic development and improve the competitiveness of rural areas.

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