+ The funds are earmarked by OMV Petrom and PACT Foundation through the “Ideas in Andrei’s Country” programme
For the third consecutive year, the “Ideas in Andrei’s Country” competition has nominated its winners. This year, approximately EUR 200,000 will go to 19 projects on education for employability, community development and eco-efficiency, projects that will be implemented in just as many localities.
The “Ideas in Andrei’s Country” competition was organized this year by OMV Petrom, with the support of PACT Foundation. Grants of up to EUR 15,000 are offered through this programme to Romanians that propose projects with sustainable results.
“Through all our initiatives, we want to support the sustainable development of local communities throughout Romania. And to see that the project initiators think through and apply, in a sustainable manner, the development of an idea. Together with PACT Foundation, our partners, we will make sure all winners of the competition will take this vision further to the members of the 19 communities,” OMV Petrom Sustainability Department Manager Mona Nicolici (photo) stated.
The 19 winning projects were selected following an assessment based on public votes (40 per cent) and jury analysis (60 per cent).
The jury consisted of the representatives of several NGOs, of the PACT Foundation and OMV Petrom, journalists and bloggers. Overall, 19 persons assessed the projects that entered the competition and selected the ideas with the highest development potential, which offer sustainable solutions and answer the real needs of the communities. Of these, 5 initiatives are in the category of grants of up to EUR 5,000, and 14 in the category of grants of up to EUR 15,000.
The projects will become reality in order to solve, in the long term, problems in 17 counties. 7 of them are education for employability projects, another 8 are community development projects and 4 are eco-efficiency solutions with a positive impact on the environment.
The initiators of the winning projects plan to solve the problems that exist in the communities selected:
“In any community there is a critical mass of people with initiative, who do not shy away from lending a hand to building a better future for themselves and their fellow men. People – with their abilities, knowledge, energy and dedication – are the most important resource that any community has. People who live and/or work in a community best know their needs, but also their resources, and they can generate the best solutions to meet them. Through the grants we offer, we create life experiences through which people themselves set options for the development of the community they are part of and collectively act to fulfil them, putting into practice ideas with which they improve their quality of life,” PACT Foundation Executive Director Ruxandra Sasu stated.
OMV Petrom has so far offered total grants of approximately EUR 550,000 to 60 social projects in 4 editions of the “Ideas in Andrei’s Country” competition. The winners transformed their ideas into projects that bring economic value and contribute to the changing for the better of dozens of communities in Romania.