The project “Civic participation for Local Democracy”, financed through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) in the period January 2016 – June 2017, is implemented by Foundation Open Society – Macedonia (FOSM) and Center for Local Democratic Development (CLDD).

The project aims to help the civil society in its consistent democratic development, focusing on the CSOs working in the field of culture in the municipalities of Centar, Struga and Strumica. It enables CSOs to participate actively in the creation of local politics in the field of culture and creating framework but also instruments for gaining financial support and cooperation with the local authorities.

As a result the project developed Local Strategies and Action Plans for Culture for the three targeted municipalities; prepared Culture Management Plan and provided grants to strengthen the capacity of CSOs. One of the priorities in each of the Strategies was to develop links and establish platforms of cooperation with the business sector. The Municipalities entitled to find ways to stimulate business support for culture through different incentives.