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 $.

 

Public Policy and Accountability Grants

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 .
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Strategic Communications Center (StratCom) of Georgia, in partnership with Ifact and Indigo. The Project “Information Defense Legion”.  Purpose of the project is to counter anti-western disinformation by producing and disseminating pro-western strategic narratives of Georgia. For this purpose, StratCom will mobilize Georgian Facebook users and “influencers” to regularly distribute targeted positive narratives about Georgia’s pro-western orientation and counter anti-western disinformation, and create a user-friendly web platform and mobile application that will allow engagement of thousands of Facebook users. For effective content-creation, StratCom will operate an internal Analytical Unit responsible for the creation of the targeted, pro-active narratives, visual materials, and communication themes. At the same time, it will cooperate with Indigo and iFact to explore and highlight Georgia’s long-standing national project of European integration and conduct investigative journalism to expose anti-western disinformation actors, sources, and techniques in Georgia. Project duration: 1 April, 2018 – 1 February, 2019. Project budget: $ 57,736.

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