Ongoing Grants

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Citizen Outreach Grants (COGs)

  1. Center for Civic Activities – the purpose of the project is to empower the population of Kakheti and Mtskheta-Mtianeti regions and defend their interests. The project will strengthen Community-based Organizations (CBOs) in the selected regions (Tusheti, Pankisi, Pshav-Khevsureti, Mtiuleti, Gudamakari and Khevi) through skills-building and informational support. After acquiring necessary skills, the CBOs will actively engage in advocacy campaign to solve their most pressing problems. Project activities will be covered extensively in radio and online media (www.mtisambebi.ge). Project Duration: 1 April – 30 September, 2019. Project Budget: 14,990 $.
  2.  Winner Women’s Club – the aim of the project is to empower people diagnosed with breast cancer and members of their families in Georgia’s regions, provide them with psychological and informational support, and raise public awareness of the importance of screening for breast and cervical cancers. To this end, the Winner Women’s Club will set up support groups in the regions, provide consultations to patients and former patients, and engage in advocacy for introducing state-funded rehabilitation services for the target group. The project activities will cover Telavi, Zugdidi and Kazbegi and will involve patients, medical personnel and nongovernmental organizations. Project Duration: 15 April – 15 October,  2019. Project Budget: 14,996.79 $.
  3.  The coalition Education for All Georgia – the aim of the project is to help teachers and students of regional schools of Georgia develop critical thinking skills and apply these skills in practice. The project will involve finalists of the 2018 National Teacher’s Award and the 2017 winner of this award, Lado Apkhazava. The project envisages the conduct of an intensive media and educational campaign. Project Duration: 15 April – 15 October,  2019. Project Budget: 14,985.94 $.
  4.  Kakheti Regional Development Foundation (KRDF) – the project aims at reducing radicalization and estrangement of youth in the Pankisi Gorge by encouraging civic activism.  The local youth will engage in informal educational and recreational activities, participate in summer school and implement small social projects. Project Duration: 1 April – 30 September, 2019. Project Budget: 14,995.40 $.
  5.  Partnership for Human Rights (PHR) – the project aims at reducing bullying and violence in regional schools of Georgia through awareness raising. Toward this end, educational workshops on bullying, its effects and means of prevention will be organized for teachers, school administrators, students and parents. Textbooks and informational booklets about violence against children will be printed and distributed widely. Teachers and parents will receive individual consultations and other type of support, if needed. Project Duration: 15 April – 15 October,  2019. Project Budget: 14,965.50 $.
  6. Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), project “Access to Public Information – 2018”. Within the project IDFI will  evaluate the government’s adherence to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) during 2018. It will also assess the practice of proactive disclosure of public information by the government of Georgia in 2018. Based on research findings, IDFI will identify the most and least transparent government agencies and award relevant certificates to them. The research reports will be published within the scope of the project. Project Duration: 15 March – 15 July, 2019. Project Budget: 14,995.50 $.
  7.  Civic Initiative/Knowledge Café – the aim of the project is to mobilize and engage citizens in establishing Knowledge Café, an independent social venue in the village of Tsnori, Sighnaghi municipality. To this end, a large-scale information and civic campaign will be organized with the involvement of social activists, ordinary citizens and celebrities. Project Duration: 15 April – 15 October,  2019. Project Budget: 14,812.80 $.
  8.  Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC), project “Increasing Civic Engagement on Environmental Issues”. The organization will work in Upper Svaneti region to protect citizen’s interests during construction of the large Hydro Power Plants, and in close cooperation with the Green Alternative, will engage citizens in developing sustainable economic development initiatives to improve well-being of the target communities. Project Duration: 15 January-15 August, 2019. Project budget: $ 15,000.
  9. Georgian Young Lawyer’s Association will assist communities in the Racha-Lechkhumi and Lower Svaneti regions in highlighting and addressing their key needs and concerns through providing free legal aid, trainings and implementing advocacy initiatives.  Project Duration: January 15 – August 31, 2019. Project budget: $ 15,000.
  10. Georgian Ecotourism Association (Tbilisi) – project “Community-Initiated Tourism Product Development in Shavi Tskali Valley”. In partnership with local activists, the project will engage citizens of Kharagauli in developing and promoting community-based tourism products and services to increase tourist flows in the Kharagauli municipality. Project Duration: 1 January – 31 August, 2019. Project Budget: $ 14,890.
  11. Women of Georgia – Updating popular social media platform and website with new stories of women to exemplify the gender barriers that women face in Georgia. Project duration: 1 January – 31 May, 2019. Project Budget: $ 14,998.

 

Public Policy and Accountability Grants

  1. Strategic Communications Center (StratCom) of Georgia, the Project “Information Defense Legion”.  Purpose of the project is to counter anti-western disinformation by producing and disseminating pro-western strategic narratives through web-platform, social media and mobile application. Within the project, StratCom operates an internal Analytical Unit for creating targeted, pro-active narratives, visual materials, and communication themes. Project duration: 1 April, – 15 October, 2019. Project budget: $ 29,328.
  2. United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG), Project “Response to Disinformation – A Case of Georgia”. A comprehensive study and analysis of the methods used to disseminate anti-Western disinformation in Georgia and the Georgian experience of countering them. Authors of the study will explore the nature, specific cases and methods of disinformation and propaganda in Georgia over the past 3-5 years as well as measures undertaken to curb their effect. The study will identify strengths and weaknesses of Georgia’s practice of countering anti-Western disinformation and help relevant actors (civil society, media, government, donor organizations) develop more efficient strategies in this area. The study will enable to share the Georgian experience with other countries. Project Duration: 1 April – 15 July, 2019. Project Budget: $ 10,042.
  3. Orbeliani Georgia, project “Building Resilience and Trust”. Civic engagement project in Kvemo Kartli region targeting ethnic Azeri youth. Project will support the volunteer-based initiatives in 11 communities/villages. Duration: 1 January – 31 July, 2019. Project budget: $ 29,750.
  4. Georgian Young Lawyer’s Association(GYLA) , project “Building Resilience and trust”. The project aims at reducing violent radicalization and extremism in Georgia through building resilience of youth in Pankisi Gorge. Within the project GYLA will organize debate competitions with participation of youth, workshops for the active members of the affected communities in civic engagement and government accountability,  and support advocacy initiatives of the trained citizens to be more actively involved in local decision-making and governance. Project duration: 15 November, 2018 – 15 September, 2019. Project budget: $ 30,000.
  5. Georgia’s European Perspective, project “Strength is in Europe” – broadcasting 20-minute discussions on Rustavi 2’s Saturday Midday show on bi-weekly basis. Producing and airing feature stories and PSAs to debunk anti-western disinformation and inform population on Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic choice . Project duration: 25 April, 2018 – 1 May, 2019. Project budget: $ 49,920
  6. Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) project Protecting Tbilisi’s Cultural Heritage aims to increase transparency and accountability of the Tbilisi Development Fund and support improved urban governance in the city. GYLA will closely monitor operation of the Tbilisi Development Fund. In partnership with Tiflisis Hamkari, it will monitor and assess the quality of reconstruction and restoration works administered by the Fund in the old Tbilisi. GYLA will produce policy recommendations and advocate for improving operation and performance of the Fund. To ensure citizens’ engagement, GYLA and Hamkari will conduct intensive public outreach and awareness-raising campaigns via TV and social media, festivals in the old town, photo-exhibitions, petitions, door-to-door campaigns, and information meetings with affected citizens. Project duration:  June 1 , 2018 – June 1, 2019. Project budget – $ 40,955.
  7. Batomi, project Promoting Sustainable Urban Development in Batumi will develop recommendations for sustainable urban governance system and cultural heritage monuments protection policies in Batumi. It will increase awareness of the responsible decision- and policy-makers about urban policies and best practices through capacity-building workshops and consultations. Batomi will attract volunteers and raise citizens’ awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage in Batumi through TV and social media campaigns, public lectures, blog-posts, videos, photos, and info graphics created by active Batumi residents. Project duration: 1 July, 2018 – 1 September, 2019. Project budget – $ 39,105.
  8. Tbilisi Architecture Biennale (TAB) project City Close-Up: Rethinking Recreational and Construction Regulations in Tbilisi aims to make policy-makers and citizens better aware of the main urban challenges in the city, as well as their causes and solutions, and empower Tbilisi residents to speak up about their primary needs and concerns in this regard. TAB  will focus on and conduct a comprehensive research on Tbilisi’s recreational zone regulations, construction regulations, public transportation policy, and urban governance processes. Based on the research, TAB will produce and present recommendations for addressing the targeted problems. It will produce diverse multi-media materials, including video documentaries and digital stories, to highlight the most pressing urban problems in Tbilisi and their potential solutions. The video documentaries, multi-media stories and research findings will be shared broadly through ArtArea TV, national and regional TV channels, public screenings, Indigo magazine, and online platforms. The project will show how ordinary citizens in Tbilisi’s different districts are coping with urban problems (e.g. chaotic constructions, lack of public space, car-oriented streets, etc.) and what to do about these problems. Project duration:  1 July, 2018 – 31 March, 2019. Project budget – $39,970 .
  9. Georgian Alliance for Safe Roads (GASR) will continue its efforts aimed at supporting the road safety reform and decreasing air pollution in Tbilisi. The project Healthy Air through Empowering Responsible Initiatives (HAERI) will monitor and evaluate the ongoing reform of Periodic Technical Inspection (PTI) of vehicles to prevent traffic injuries and fatalities, and reduce air pollution. GASR, in partnership with highly skilled researchers, will monitor and assess the PTI performance, using desk research, focus groups, in-depth interviews, onsite observations, and monitoring of testing processes at PTI centers in Tbilisi and regions. GASR will also conduct a secondary analysis of the results of air quality tests throughout Georgia to assess the possible effects of PTI on air quality. Based on the monitoring and research findings, GASR will develop policy recommendations and present them to policy-makers for consideration. As part of the Clean Air campaign, GASR, youth Eco Clubs, and a dozen of large Georgian businesses will disseminate the research findings and call public and the private sector representatives to take action to improve air quality. Project duration:  15 June, 2018 – 15 June, 2019. Project budget – $ 20,481.
  10. Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) – Georgia in partnership with Netgazeti, the Project “Russian Propaganda Barometer”. The purpose of the project is to  study and report on the impact of anti-western disinformation and propaganda in the Georgian social media, identify the target audiences that are most susceptible to anti-western disinformation and develop recommendations on how to reach them effectively. For this overall purpose, the CRRC Georgia will regularly scrape data (i.e. collect texts, comments, and Facebook posts) from a predefined list of Georgian-language Facebook and Internet sources (e.g. Facebook groups and pages, news media websites) to analyze the issues, sentiments, and tones used by anti-western propaganda groups and the viewers’ reactions and responses to them. CRRC Georgia will produce daily reports on the topic and weekly updates of the main developments and trends, using dynamic visualizations of monitoring results. It will also produce and disseminate monthly fact-check articles on propaganda stories receiving the largest attention each month. Based on the social monitoring findings and analysis of its past surveys, CRRC Georgia will also identify the target audiences that are most susceptible to anti-western disinformation and develop recommendations on how to reach them effectively. CRRC Georgia will cooperate with Netgazeti to create and publish diverse journalistic materials (e.g. analytical stories, info graphics, story maps, online quizzes) on anti-western propaganda and disinformation in Georgia. Project duration: 1 April, 2018 – 1 August, 2019. Project budget – $52,235.

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