The grant programmes we have been implementing with the long-term support of our corporate partners every year help civic associations and initiatives, schools and local government. The projects contribute to more beautiful and better quality public spaces, to hiking trails and to the creation of sites for relaxation and comfort. Thanks to these projects, which are implemented at a local level, cooperation between citizens, organizations and local government is intensified. Local citizens of all ages are involved in local development which in turn encourages and promotes good interpersonal relationships.
Competition for water 2017 – Ekopolis Foundation, with financial support from Nestlé Slovakia, Ltd., launched the inaugural contest For Water. The competition aims to contribute to responsible and efficient use of water through measures friendly to nature. The ambition of the competition is to connect talented young people with those who are looking for inspiration and solutions and want to address specific water problems in their towns and villages. Local government, owners of land and other properties had the opportunity to nominate specific problems or situations that need to be addressed.
Green Belt – The programme supports sustainable care of ecologically valuable areas which are used by the public and it supports the concept of nature preservation and sustainability. Thanks to this there are actually 203 green oases in Slovakia this year. In the 9th year of the programme, which was opened by Ekopolis Foundation and SLOVNAFT, S.C., support was obtained for 19 projects to the sum of 56.000 €.
Dealing with energy – The Programme Dealing with energy reasonably enabled, in 2016, to 5 municipalities and 5 schools in the Western Slovakia region to realise measures to save energy according to their needs and possibilities. The Ekopolis Foundation, together with CEEV Živica, supported 10 school and municipality projects that improved the use of electricity and heat energy. The donor of the programme is Západoslovenská energetika, a.s.
Living Trails – The objectives of the programme are to support the sensitive renewal of marked hiking trails in Slovakia and enhancement of the recreational and educational functions of the Slovak countryside. Financial support has been directed towards restoration and improvement of hiking trails, educational paths and public spaces used by tourists.
Three of the Year – The aim of the nationwide contest Tree of the year is to draw attention to the beauty and value of trees and awake people‘s interest in the environment. Peter Lipa, the well-known Slovak singer, was patron of the contest, making it his fifth time to be honoured. The partners of the 2016 poll are Slovenská sporiteľňa Foundation, Slovak environment agency, Dajama Publishing House, Artforum bookshop, ISA Slovensko (International Society of Arboriculture) and ABIES Gardening. The winning tree will obtain an expert arborist review and financial contribution by 200 euros. The nominated trees on 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will obtain the financial contribution by 200 euros and the people, who nominated this trees and 3 voting persons will win the books from ARTFORUM bookshop. The top three schools received planting materials from ABIES Garden Centre to a total value of 500 €.
Trees instead of leaflets – The Ekopolis Foundation realised with Metro Cash & Carry SR, s.r.o. the 4th year of the programme Trees instead of leafl ets. Its objective is to contribute 1 euro for every registered customer who receives the relevantoff er by e-mail instead of by printed leafl ets. In 2015 it was supported the next four ecology projects to the sum of 4.000 €.