On April 23, 2021, the U-LEAD with Europe Programme announced the launch of the Initiative for Municipal Partnership Projects to identify and assist in elaborating local development projects of regional significance that can be submitted for funding to both national and international financial institutions. This Initiative aims to enhance the capacity of municipalities to develop projects independently through municipal partnership initiatives and improve access to funding resources for investment projects.
This Initiative brings together 358 municipalities from 24 regions of Ukraine who see common opportunities for efficient resource management to develop and improve the quality of life of their residents.
Under the Initiative, the U-LEAD with Europe Programme received 194 applications with ideas for prospective local development projects of regional significance: 22% focus on improving economic development and employment, 6% – on mobility and transport infrastructure, 30% – on preservation and development of human resources, 36% – on community infrastructure development and spatial planning, and 6% – on regional disparities and rural development.
Municipalities would like to get support from the U-LEAD with Europe Programme and participate in educational initiatives (such as seminars and training), conferences, exchange of experience, and joint discussion to search for funding sources for further implementation of their project.