Call for Project Proposals - Gyumri Urban Renewal and Implementation Plan for the Next Decade

Publish Date: Sep 28, 2015

Deadline: Oct 15, 2015

“Gyumri Project Hope” Foundation (GPH) announces a call for project proposals in the framework of “Gyumri urban renewal and implementation plan for the next decade” social initiative.

The first phase of the project will last 12 months with a goal to develop a Master Plan for urban, economic, social, human, educational industrial development in Gyumri. The main mission of GPH team is to establish and develop a strong Master Plan aimed at building Gyumri during the next ten years. The project will focus on areas such as urban and economic development, with efforts to identify industrial, agricultural, service and human development in Gyumri.

In this regard, the Board of GPH is seeking deep and comprehensive research projects/initiatives (past and ongoing) with a focus on the following problems:

  • Infrastructure Development
  • Housing problems and perspectives
  • Education/culture development
  • Tourism development
  • Agriculture
  • Industry sector restoration and the perspectives of its further development
  • Other research projects relevant to the abovementioned priorities.

Citizen Action

The objective of GPH is to engage the citizenry of Gyumri in the GPH projects where they develop skills that can be applied for a long time, and where the responsibility and the accountability of projects can be given to the citizenry of Gyumri. Proposals which promote these points will be given preference.

Eligibility Criteria:

Consideration will be given to legally registered national NGOs, University research groups, Think Tanks. Those research teams previously engaged in social science work involving Gyumri should cite their prior work and the state of completion of such work. In addition a detailed description of how their prior work will be used in the current initiative should be outlined in the proposal. The application must contain description of the research and biographies/professional resumes of each team member.The proposal must not exceed 500 words (Biographies do not count in the 500 word count.)

Deadline for application submission is October 15th 2015, 6 p.m. Yerevan time.

Main Outcome:

Selected professional teams will work hand in hand with GPH team to create and develop a Feasibility Plan for each of the above-mentioned sectors and should provide a go forward set of recommendations including sources of funding from international agencies.


The overall budget for each team will be decided based on competitiveness of submitted proposals with a clear strategy, approach and methodology. GPH Board will conduct interviews with team members. The final decision will be announced in November 2015. 

For additional information and support in submitting the applications please contact:

GPH office in Gyumri:

ShantKirmizian – Executive director

ArmenHovsepyan – Project and administrative assistant

Mob: +374 55 591 553

Vardanants 1, Gyumri Municipality

GPH office in Yerevan:

Yelena Muradyan – Deputy director:

Contact information:

2/2 Melik-Adamyan str., 0010, Yerevan


GPH Background:

In 2013 the Kololian Foundation established a social science research project in Yerevan involving 2 Universities and 2 think tanks to study and report on “The Depopulation Crisis in Armenia” (see As the Depop team conducted its research, which involved interviews and focus groups in Armenia, the subject of Gyumri would come up “How can you expect people not to leave Armenia? 25 years after the earthquake, Gyumri is still a shambles. It now has half its pre-earthquake population.” In 2014 with mutual efforts of AGBU and The Kololian Foundation Depop’s Diaspora Tour was organized in Beirut, Paris, Toronto, New York and LA.

After completing and publishing the results, Depop team decided to muster the momentum and create a constructive and positive initiative. Hence the establishment of Gyumri Project Hope initiative emerged.

Organizations behind GPH:

The Kololian Foundation

Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU)

Initiatives for Development of Armenia Charitable Foundation (IDeA)

Armenian Relief Society (ARS)

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Eligible Countries

Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)

Host Countries