Each year, the Embassy receives special funding to finance small projects for income-generating and poverty-reducing measures (small grant projects). The average costs per project are about €5,000-7,000. With these comparatively small amounts, the quality of life in the communities concerned is often considerably improved. The projects are usually applied for by local communities or NGOs, which are then responsible for realising and maintaining them. Examples include irrigation schemes, basic renovations in clinics and schools, as well as the initial financing of income-generating Projects.