PBU

Project planning

QUESTION

  ANSWER

When can I plan to start the project?  
The Programme does not impose the exact dates of the project. Project can start not earlier than after signature of the grant contract. All activities in the project should be completed by 31/12/2022 and the project can’t last longer than 12 months.


Can projects generate income? And if not, what about the purchased equipment, which would still be used after the end of the project?
 

 


Projects can’t generate profit. According to the Programme rules, any project with infrastructure or investment component shall repay the Union contribution if, within five years of the project closure, it is subject to a substantial change affecting its nature, objectives or implementation conditions which would result in undermining its original objectives. Sums unduly paid in respect of such project shall be recovered by the MA proportionally to the period for which the sustainability requirement has not been fulfilled.

When the result indicator has to be achieved?

 

 

Target values of the result indicators shall be achieved not later than within the sustainability period of the project, i.e. maximum five years after its completion.

What will happened if the planned target value of the indicator is not achieved? Will it be necessary to return the grant or its part?

 

 

At the stage of the final report, the Beneficiary submits explanations regarding discrepancies between the planned target values of indicators and those actually achieved. Decision will be made after analyzing the reasons of the failure to achieve the indicator, the impact of this indicator on the achievement of project objectives and the costs planned to be incurred and actually incurred for actions aimed at achieving the indicator.

When can we receive the pre-financing for implementation of our project?

 

 

If you choose this financing option, the pre-financing of 85% of the grant will be paid to you at the beginning of the implementation period, based on request for payment sent to the JTS, partnership agreement signed by all project Beneficiaries, after registration of the project in Belarus (if required) and after providing the necessary statements (if required).
The pre-installement will be paid to you by the Managing Authority within 30 days from the date of approval of a set of valid documents by the JTS.

When will it be possible to sign a grant contract and start a project?

 

 

It can be assumed that signature of the grant contract will be possible at the end of 2019 - it also depends on the Beneficiary's involvement in the contracting process.
However, please remember that the date of signing the contract does not have to be the same as the date of starting the project implementation. The starting date of the project activities is specified in the grant contract. Projects with a Belarusian partner must first be registered in Belarus and only then can they be implemented.
The beneficiary may also indicate a specific project start date - for example, the grant contract may be signed in January 2020 and the project implementation may start in April 2020.

     

Can an entity from outside the Programme area make expenditure on investment and infrastructure purposes?

   According to the Programme Manual, activities outside the Programme area cannot be of investment and/or infrastructure character. However, this does not mean that an entity from outside the Programme area can not incur such expenses - it will be possible to treat them as eligible, provided that they are incurred only in the Programme area and that it can be verified.