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Approximately thirty representatives from fourteen Bor civil society organizations attended training workshops in December 2018 to strengthen their capacities and competencies in order for them to apply for grants of various funds.

Trainings, which are held owing to the donation from Rakita, are organized with the aim that workshop trainees, through lessons of lecturers from Smart Kolektiv, master Canvas business modeling, project presentation skills, strategic communication, social entrepreneurship, as well as fundraising of various funding facilities at which they can apply for grants.

Lecturer Neven Marinović, Director of Smart Kolektiv, says that such training is very important because it helps civil society organizations, representatives of institutions and other legal entities to empower themselves and acquire the skills and knowledge needed to better manage their organizations.

Marinović assessed that this seminar is an example of good cooperation because it is organized in partnership with Rakita, which shows that there are companies interested in doing some good things with civil society organizations and public sector representatives that will have a positive impact on Bor.

Miodrag Milosević from the Association for the Development of Bor is one of the participants of these trainings. Although with great experience, he concludes that the concept of lifelong learning is welcome, because something new is always learned.

We do not miss the opportunity to improve our knowledge. It is fortunate that in a local environment such as Bor there are such donations, because with this participation we can later apply for some funds,” said Milošević.

Snežana Đoševska, Project Manager of the Society of Young Researchers of Bor, believes that this kind of training can only help, no matter how much experience organisations have.

We are a link between donors, project ideas and activities from one and the local community on the other side. The initiative to organize such a seminar shows that Rakita has excellent cooperation with the non-governmental sector and the scope of responsibility towards the local community,” said Đoševska.

At Rakita, they emphasize that for successful project realization, strong and proactive civil society organizations are needed, which will condition the development of the entire local community, and that this is one of the basic ideas for launching such a programme.