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The EcoVisio mini-grants program

Mini grants

One way to support social innovations is to co-fund a part of their start-up needs, whether it’s an entrepreneurial or a purely socio-ecological initiative.

Since 2018, EcoVisio periodically launches calls for financing social and ecological initiatives.


Beneficiaries of 2018

In 2018 EcoVisio launched the first open call and selected 13 initiatives, which received goods or services in value from 100 to 900 EUR. Main criteria for selection were: relevance, impact and expected sustainability. The initiatives were very diverse, ranging from natural coloring of fabric, organic gardening demo plot set up, setting up a natural bakery to developing an alternative school for children and upgrading a small business in furniture parts production employing people with special needs.

Who they are?

  1. "Laborator de vopsirea naturala a textilelor" by Victoria Butanu
  2. SRL "Iarba Noastră" by Natalia Matiescu
  3. "Ecoparadis" by Vasile Niculiță
  4. SRL "AVA-Mob" by Andrei Levința
  5. "Centrul de Creatie al Copiilor - Floresti" by Ala Stircu
  6. "TEP - Tinerii pentru ECOPlastic" by Ternavschi Vladimir
  7. ”Art-Labyrinth” by Voroniuc Alexandr
  8. "Integrare prin reciclare" by Tatiana Seul
  9. "Дом Эволюции (дом альтернативного образования для детей, родителей, учителей)" by Ayna Idrisova
  10. ”Voyager3 MD - лаборатория книг и настольных игр” by Vladislav Rudenco & Iulia Shetinina 
  11. "Levantica" by Maria Axenti
  12. "Torbesc" by Ecaterina Tarus
  13. VERBE upcycling fashion brand by Ecaterina Verbitscaia
  14. "Separate waste collection in village Riscova" by Dmitrii Mikitenko

We will soon add more info about each startup and what is the funding being transformed in.


Mini-grants in 2019

At the second edition, the team had to choose out of 38 initiatives from different parts of Moldova and areas of activity. Overall, seven beneficiaries were chosen, the priority being given to the ones that: 

  • haven't benefited from such a financial support from our part before,
  • demonstrated the best the connection between their initiative and its social / ecological impact, 
  • had the best arguments as to why they need this support and how it will be used. 

1. ОО "Медики за экологию" (Dubasari) - public association that informs the population about the environmental situation and its impact on human health. 

Support for: tables and chairs to be used continuously at various fairs, exhibitions and other events connected to ecology. 

1 Mediki za ecologiu

2. School for young mothers «Рождение» (Tiraspol) - initiative ”Breastfeeding - health for children, mother and planet”, meant to promote breastfeeding as something healthy, natural and beautiful.

Support for: Materials needed to hold educational and informative sessions with future and young mothers. 

3 Rojdenie

3. "TeenGo" (Bălți) - a public association specializing in non-formal education for youth - workshops, trainings, sports, cultural and simply fun events.

Support for: Industrial sewing machine and other tools necessary for transforming old banners in ecobags. 

4 TeenGo

4. Sezatoare Hub (Chisinau) - an initiative where women could gather together for an exchange of experiences, to learn various handicrafts: to cut, to sew, to crochet, to make textile from hemp and linen, to color the with natural pigments, etc.

Support for: Sewing machines, thread, table for common work, shelves for depositing the materials. 

5 SezatoareHub

5. The Community of the Historical and Ethnographical Museum  (Sângerei) - the local community promoting historical, cultural and natural heritage of Singerei district and town; educating the town's youth in the spirit of responsibility towards history, society and nature. 

Support for: a professional photocamera with accessories - in order to share with wide public the process and the results of the numerous activities. 

6 Muzeu Etnografic Singerei

6. BodyExtend.Me (Chisinau) - an initiative producing extensions for kids' "bodies".

Support for: An electric sewing machine, a tool to add pressbuttons, pressbuttons. 

7 BodyExtendMe

7. SeedItForward (Chisinau, Singerei) - agroforestry initiative promoting tree-growing, organic agriculture & apiculture, composting, etc. 

Support for: 1) Professional blender - for producing more natural soap. 2) Wood chopper - to use all wooden "waste" from gardens and other plantations (by transforming it into mulch), but also for more qualitative composting of food waste (AskaWorm initiative). 

8 SeedItForward soap

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