Micro – region Spis Castle – Podbranisko Association is an association of one city, 14 villages and three civic associations.
The need to set up a legal entity as an umbrella organization for the individual villages in the Podbranisko micro – region was felt by the communities themselves facing expanding opportunities for drawing funding from various sources of subsidy. The villages use their own budgets to cover their obligations deriving from current legislation. But for their further development, and therefore also the development of the micro – region, their own financial resources are not sufficient, so they are forced to seek extrabudgetary resources with which to finance their developmental activities.
Trough the legal entity which they have created, the „ Spiš Castle – Podbranisko Association“, the villages coordinate their procedures in submitting projects to grant schemes and subsidy programes. Communications between them become more efficient, and they have easier Access to information. The Spiš Castle – Podbranisko Association focused its planning activities on setting up conditions for creating new job opportunities, increasing the micro – region´s recreational capacity, and improving the standard of services provided using education and training activities also focusing on local businesspeople.