Объявление о конкурсе грантов на русском языке

Freedom Now is a non-partisan non-governmental organization working globally to protect individuals and communities from government repression. Applying a unique blend of legal and political advocacy, our work over the last twenty years has focused on ending the politically-motivated detention of individuals whose wrongful imprisonment is indicative of government repression and intolerance. We have helped more than 200 persecuted individuals around the world, restoring their freedom and their voices.

Small Grants Program
Freedom Now’s inaugural Small Grants Program will fund proposals between $2,000 and $10,000 focused on one or more of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan. Proposals can be for general support or a specific project for a period of up to a year.

Applications will be accepted from civil society organizations and individuals. Applicants should share common values with Freedom Now by seeking to uphold democratic norms, promote the rule of law, and protect fundamental human rights. We are particularly interested in innovative proposals which utilize non-traditional activities or engage often ignored constituencies.

Successful applicants will demonstrate how the funds provided will be used to address serious issues of human rights abuses, corruption, or malicious governance by working with various sectors of civil society, domestic and international governments, and other stakeholders.

Ineligible Projects
Freedom Now will not provide funding for:
• Lobbying activities;
• Proposals which allocate more than 10% of the budget to equipment costs;
• Annual fundraising drives, capital campaigns, capital projects or endowments; or
• Any political campaign activities on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

Proposal Requirements
The proposal narrative should be a minimum of 2 pages and a maximum of 5 pages. Although there is no set proposal template, the outline below is designed as a guide for project-specific proposals. General support proposals should follow a similar template, but explain the various activities the proposal will fund.

Executive Summary
Provide a brief description of the project

If you are applying as an organization, provide a brief overview of its organizational structure, mission, history, and accomplishments. Individuals should submit a brief history of their civic activity and accomplishments.

Project Description
• The problem your project seeks to solve and the goal
• The project’s intended audience and beneficiaries
• Proposed tactics and activities: What activities will you undertake? How will these tactics lead to achievement of your project goal? What is the intended impact of the project?

Desired Outputs and Outcomes
Describe your desired outputs and outcomes, and how you plan to measure progress along the way.
• Outputs – What are the products that will result from your activities? Examples of outputs include reports, meetings, sign-on statements, etc.
• Outcomes – What are the specific changes that you expect to result from your activities and products? In other words, what will be the specific outcomes, at what pace do you expect to achieve them, and how will these move you toward your project goal?

Project Implementation
Describe the implementation of the proposed project, including:
• Paid Project Participants – Please list the key paid project participants or staff who will carry out the project
• Budget Narrative – a basic description of the expenses and revenue associated with the proposed project
• Timeline

Required Attachments (does not count towards page limit)
• Detailed project budget in U.S. dollars. Please include a budget for the entire project, and clearly identify which parts/line items of that budget our funds would cover.
• Current annual operating budget
• List of current and past funders or other financial support received for the past five years
• List of Board of Directors (if available)

Submission Instructions
Applicants should submit a proposal in either English or Russian (with preference given to English) by email to khorberg [at] freedom-now [dot] org. Materials may be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Submissions are due by March 8, 2022.

Questions about applications or the submission process may be directed at khorberg [at] freedom-now [dot] org.