Ongoing Grants

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Citizen Outreach Grants (COGs)

  1. “Center for Civic Activities” (Gurjaani) will work in the Pankisi Gorge and Tusheti to empower and engage citizens in local decision-making processes. The project will educate local communities about existing citizen engagement opportunities and will facilitate citizens’ engagement locally (enable citizen’s attendance to Sakrebulo meetings, support their initiatives to form  a Citizen Advisory Council, counsel their efforts to develop petition(s) and mobilize communities to support the petition). Informal discussions between community members and local government representatives, especially in remote communities of Pankisi and Tusheti, on issues of local importance will be organized on a regular basis. The project team also will support citizens’ advocacy efforts, as they develop. Project duration: 15 March – 15 September, 2018. Project budget: 14,995 $.
  2. “Step Forward” (Batumi) will advocate for introducing rehabilitation programs for children with hearing impairments in the Khulo, Shuakhevi, Khelvachauri, Keda, and Kobuleti municipalities of Ajara. The project will organize a pilot summer camp for the target children and engage the parents to advocate for institutionalizing a summer camp for rehabilitation purposes. The project team will work with Ajara Government to discuss state funding schemes for similar rehabilitation programs for children with hearing difficulties. Project duration: 15 March – 15 November, 2018. Project budget: 15,000 $.
  3. “Young Scientists’ Club of Ozurgeti” (Ozurgeti) aims to establish effective citizen engagement mechanisms in the Ozurgeti and Lanchkhuti municipalities and foster citizen participation in local decision–making. The project team will work with various stakeholders, including a local self-government of Ozurgeti municipality, to design and establish an online citizen-petition platform. The project team will also pilot the municipal service satisfaction survey in Lanchkhuti and propose local government to set specific indicators for ensuring satisfactory municipal service delivery. Project duration: 15 March, 2018 – 15 February, 2019. Project budget:  14,598 $.
  4. Kakheti Regional Development Foundation (Akhmeta) targets Kist, Chechen and Georgian youth in Pankisi Gorge and offers extra-curricular educational and networking opportunities as well as a summer camp for cultural exchange and diversity learning. The project team will also support youth initiatives, whatever they may be and will provide in-kind grants for their realization. The project will collaborate with a local radio station to prepare shows and programs on topics of importance to local youth. Project duration: 15 March – 15 September, 2018. Project budget:  14,998$.
  5. Civic Activism and Equality Center, project “Women of Georgia” is an extension of a well-established and popular Facebook platform that features human stories titled as ‘Women of Georgia` to exemplify gender inequalities and to expose often hidden gender barriers through the in-depth interviews. ACCESS supports producing additional 45 stories about women from Georgia to highlight women’s issues and increase awareness on invisible barriers that women from all class, race and sexuality face in Georgia. Project will also launch the website with similar title. Project Duration – 1 March – 31 July, 2018. Project Budget- 14,990.
  6. Local Development Agency Georgia’s project “Voice of More Women in Local Self-Government concentrates on reaching out and mobilizing women voters of Imereti region to support them to voice their needs to the political parties and election candidates collectively in the run up to the regional elections in fall 2017. After the elections, LDA Georgia will monitor the extent to which the winning political parties and candidates consider the women voters needs in their post-election programs. Project duration: 17 July, 2017 – 17 April, 2018. Project budget – $14,990.
  7. The House of the Independent Journalists in partnership with the Newspaper Batumelebi. The Project “Countering Anti-Western Disinformation in Ajara” will employ a wide variety of tools, including public meetings, lectures, video clips, urban art, essays, etc., to raise citizens’ awareness and understanding of the anti-western disinformation. The project will also feature well known Soviet History researchers and speakers who will lead the series of discussions in Batumi and the adjacent villages. Project Duration – April 24, 2017 – March 1, 2018. Project budget: $ 14,945
  8. Urban Lab, project “5 Meters Rock” envisions shooting a documentary to visualize a possible solution to the problem of crowded public transportation in Tbilisi by introducing the idea of completing the unfinished second entrance of the metro station “Akhmeteli Theater” in Tbilisi. The project was funded as a result of the partnership between ACCESS and the documentary movie festival CINEDOC Tbilisi. The cooperation provides opportunity for young Georgian filmmakers and civic activists to work together to produce documentaries on important issues for the society. Project duration: September, 2017 – February, 2018. Project budget – $ 7500.
  9.  Level2 Films’ project “Level 2” envisions production of the documentary that will depict the gatherings of the residents of a multi-storied apartment building in a fast-growing urban setting in Tbilisi. The film will demonstrate how the residents defy the decreasing space for community interaction and build a soccer field on the rooftops of car garages to create a playground for the neighborhood kids. The project was funded as a result of the partnership between ACCESS and the documentary movie festival CINEDOC Tbilisi. The cooperation provides opportunity for young Georgian filmmakers and civic activists to work together to produce documentaries on important issues for the society. Project duration: September, 2017 – April, 2018. Project budget – $ 7500.

 

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