ICMPD’s ENHANCER Project held a press conference in Ankara to announce three different grant calls for proposals to support entrepreneurship and job creation through various means. The press conference once again markets the excellent collaboration among ICMPD, EUD and the Ministry of Industry and Technology.
An overview as well as details of the grant schemes were presented by the Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey, Çetin Ali Dönmez, Head of European Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut and ICMPD Migration Dialogue and Coordination Director, Martijn Pluim.
The first grant scheme to be launched by ENHANCER Project targets to create new or enhance current Local Common Use Facilities as entrepreneurial hubs in which Syrians under Temporary Protection (SuTPs) and Local Host Communities (LHCs) can interact and have access to services they need. With a total budget of €4.150.000, the applicants can apply for grants between €75.000-250.000. The Grants under this category target Ankara, Adana, Bursa, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Konya and Mersin provinces of Turkey.
The second grant scheme to be launched by ENHANCER Project targets to eliminate the lack of technical and human capacity of local entrepreneurship ecosystem institutions by increasing quality and efficiency of services provided for SuTP and LHC entrepreneurs. With a total budget of €3.000.000, the applicants can apply for grants between €10.000-30.000. The Grants under this category target Ankara, Adana, Bursa, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Konya, Mersin, and Şanlıurfa provinces of Turkey.
The third grant scheme to be launched is the SME Support Grant Scheme for Job Creation, which aims to increase employment opportunities for SuTPs and LHCs by empowering SMEs and supporting their job creation efforts. The total budget of the SME grant program is 3,000,000 Euros and it is planned to provide grant support between 20,000-55,000 Euros to an estimated number of 75 SMEs. With this support, it is foreseen that at least 225 new jobs will be created. Within the scope of the program, grant support under this category will be provided to SMEs located in Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Konya, Mersin and Kayseri provinces of Turkey.