The most promising projects of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Lithuania have been announced. They have become 5 initiatives aimed at solving various social or cultural problems that are important for individual regions of the country or for Lithuania as a whole. The selected projects will be further developed in a special NGO Accelerator program.

The most promising NGO projects were selected after an intensive six-month training session. At the beginning of the year, a total of 10 carefully selected teams from 7 Lithuanian municipalities – Trakai, Širvintos, Švenčionys, Kėdainiai, Ukmergė, Šalčininkai and Elektrėnai – started the NGO Accelerator.

After the NGO Accelerator Commission evaluated the presentations of the participants’ projects prepared after the training, presented at the Pitch day event, the following were recognized as the most worthwhile to continue participating in the project and developing the ideas presented:

Kėdainiai District Women’s Crisis Center, which has created the initiative “Emotional Resistance Center” aimed at crisis prevention and strengthening women’s mutual help and support.

Krakiai Community Center, which develops social business, the community café, which sells the products of local farmers, carries out social, cultural, educational and voluntary activities that foster the culture of the Krakiai region.

LASS Pietvakarių centras, which has created the project “Sense of Tourism”, is designed to get to know the world through the senses of the blind – those who see are invited to experience the environment by touch, taste, smell and hearing.

The association “Kėdainiai Samaritans”, which together with the help of a local businessman provides assistance to the long-term unemployed, prepares, trains them and integrates them into the social environment.

Lina Baublienė and her project “Gather Lithuania” („Surink Lietuvą“), which aims to encourage people not only to travel around their country, but also to get to know its history, local people and discover new forms of travel.

The most promising 5 projects of Lithuanian NGOs this year were selected by the commission of the NGO Accelerator project initiated by the Kurk Lietuvai alumni network, consisting of Arūnė Matelytė, GovTech CEO, Gediminas Almantas, Chairman of the Board of the Open Lithuania Foundation, Marius Čiuželis, Founder of Marius Čiuželis Support and Charity Foundation and Silver Line, Justina Lukaševičiūtė, Head of the NGO Development Division of the Ministry of Social Security and Labor of the Republic of Lithuania, Arvydas Plėta, Innovation Partner of Katalista Ventures, and Greta Monstavičė, Head and Co-Founder of Katalista Ventures.

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The communication campaign is part of the project “Courage to Act and Change” and is funded by the Lithuanian Rural Network Technical Assistance Facility under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.

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