Ongoing Grants

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COVID-19 Response Grants Program for Civic Activists and Citizen Groups

  1. Eter Arsanidze – Holding an intensive information campaign encouraging and supporting local citizens in Ambrolauri municipality (Racha) to get vaccinated. The Rachian team will go door-to-door in over 40 villages, hold open meetings between residents and trusted doctors, offer medical advice and transportation services to vaccination centers. Project duration: August 9 – October 4, 2021. Project budget: $ 4,500.
  2. Giorgi Orkodashvili, Mariam Geldiashvili, and Aleksandre Gulbiani – training 30 teachers from the Keda and Akhmeta municipalities about COVID-19 vaccination. Assisting  teachers in designing and implementing customized awareness-raising activities aimed at encouraging their colleagues and fellow citizens to get vaccinated. Project duration: August 9 – October 4, 2021. Project budget: $ 4,850.
  3. Mariam Mitaishvili – providing psychological and emotional support to children with cancer and their families during the pandemic: holding individual online psychotherapy and art therapy sessions with children undergoing cancer treatment at the Iashvili Clinic and their parents/caregivers. Raising awareness about the importance of psychotherapy for children with cancer and their families and advocating for increased support from the government to cover costs of psychological services to this group. Project duration: August 30 – October 11, 2021. Project budget: $ 4,800.
  4. Salome Tskhvitava – Team of psychologists will delivering online therapy sessions to pediatric Covidpatients and their parents during their stay at I. Tsistsishvili Pediatric Hospital in Tbilisi. In addition, psychologists and therapists will develop online videos and activities for children to explain the common treatment procedures and describe hospital facilities and equipment. Project duration: 26 April – 26 August, 2021. Project budget – $ 4,500.
  5. Tata Kutaladze – help children from socially unprotected and/or otherwise vulnerable families from the Telavi municipality get prepared for the school start. Due to the closure of the kindergartens during the pandemic, many children could not go through school-entry preparation program. The project will deliver these kids a targeted program to develop the cognitive, motor, emotional and social skills necessary for their school entry. If needed, children will also get close support from psychologists, speech therapists, and social workers. Project duration: 1 May – 31 August, 2021. Project budget – $ 5,000.
  6. Giorgi Parulava and Giorgi Pirtskhalaishvili – Identifying and addressing problems related to COVID-19 curfew passes – the overall objective of the project is to promote a fair, effective, and transparent policy of issuing one-off movement passes for COVID-19 curfew in Georgia. The one-off movement passes are temporary permits for citizens’ movement during the curfew. The project will monitor and assess the current policy in Georgia, study international best practices and develop recommendations for improvement. Project duration: 1 June – 31 August, 2021. Project budget – $ 4,814.40.
  7. initiative group “Winter Stock”Using multiple tools to raise awareness about the importance and safety of COVID-19 vaccines among socially unprotected and otherwise vulnerable groups. The project also aims to assist the targeted groups in registering for and receiving the vaccine. The group will use its network of volunteers and the database of socially vulnerable families to whom they delivered humanitarian aid during the pandemic. Project duration: 1 June – 31 August, 2021. Project budget – $ 5,000.
  8. Nino Bojgua – Organize a youth-orientated pro-vaccination campaign that will inform, motivate, and activate young people to get vaccinated and convince their parents and grandparents to do the same. The project will use a chatbot to send regular messages to young subscribers of the popular web portal The messages will deal with the importance of vaccination via quizzes, blog posts, articles, videos, posters, and other visuals. Other messages, meanwhile, will stimulate youth participation through creative and fun assignments by encouraging them and their peers to get vaccinated. Project duration: 1 June – 31 August, 2021. Project budget – $ 4,500.

Citizen Outreach Grants

  1. Civic Initiative – recruiting respected doctors and volunteers for a wide-scale campaign. The doctors will go door-to-door for the village’s elderly population, inform them about the benefits of vaccination and provide recommendations tailored to their specific health needs. Meanwhile, the volunteers will disseminate brochures and register the elderly population for vaccination. Project duration: 16 August – 4 October, 2021. Project budget – $ 8,000.
  2. Orbeliani Georgia – The project aims to use the crowdfunding e-platform to mobilize community support and resources to help locally-driven recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Orbeliani Georgia will capitalize on the successful experience and lessons learnt from the pilot phase supported by ACCESS and further build sustainability of the platform. Project Budget: $14,950. Project duration: 1 April – 31 August, 2021.
  3. Gavigudet – The overall goal of the project is fight air pollution in Rustavi through awareness raising and citizen engagement in online and offline campaigns. Project Budget: $15,000. Project Duration – 25 March – 10 September, 2021.
  4. Salam Platform – The project aims to address the most urgent needs of the rural population in Kvemo Kartli in the COVID-19 crisis response through community organizing and advocacy. The project activities will cover 10 villages of Marneuli, Gardabani, Bolnisi, and Dmanisi and focus primarily on ethnic minorities. Project Budget: $14,998.  Project duration: 1 April – 31 August, 2021.
  5. Center for Civic Activities (CCA) – The project aims to support homeless people in Georgia’s mountainous regions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is hitting homeless people especially hard. Center of Civic Activities will partner with the Georgian Network of High Mountain Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to highlight the multifaceted help needed by homeless people and provide support to this community through citizen mobilization and advocacy. Project Budget: $15,000. Project duration: 1 April – 31 August, 2021.
  6. Tbilisi Pride – The goal of the project is to protect the rights of LGBTQI persons during the COVID-19 crisis through empowering their families and taking targeted steps to ensure that their voices are heard to support their children. The new project will build on the experience of forming network of LGBTQI person’s family members back in 2020 with EWMI ACCESS support and further empower, expand and build resilience of this movement and its members though awareness-raising, peer-support, trainings and media outreach. Project Budget: $ 14,600. Project duration: 1 April – 31 August, 2021.
  7. Human Rights and Social Justice Research Center – addressing water and air pollution as well as recurring flooding in Poti through civic engagement and advocacy.  Project duration: 1 April – 31 August, 2021. Project budget – $ 7,996.
  8. Cactus Media – Building capacities of medical personnel in Gali to work with COVID-19 patients, raising their awareness of COVID-19 prevention, treatment, and hospital management; building bridges between youth in Gali and Zugdidi and entrusting them with joint activities to disseminate reliable information on COVID-19 among their peers. Project budget – $ 19,172. Project duration – 20 January – 20 September, 2021.
  9. Human Rights Center: Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on elderly people in Shida Kartli through community mobilization and advocacy, supporting community-based volunteer response to their needs and advocating these needs before local and national authorities and other stakeholders. Project budget – $ 19,882. Project duration – 20 January – 20 August, 2021.
  10. New Thinking Institute: Identifying and addressing the primary needs and problems of ethnic minority communities in Kvemo Kartli during the pandemic, empowering nine village community centers in Marneuli and Gardabani municipalities to address the social support, public information, and advocacy needs of their communities. Project budget – $ 19,635. Project duration – 20 January – 20 September, 2021.
  11. Platform “Salam”: Mobilizing and empowering persons with disabilities (PwDs) in Kvemo Kartli to voice their primary problems during the pandemic and call for their resolution. Strengthening PwD groups through networking, outreach, and advocacy. Project budget – $ 19,985. Project duration – 20 January – 20 September, 2021.
  12. Winner Women’s Club: Reducing harmful impact of COVID-19 on breast cancer patients in five municipalities of Georgia through psycho-emotional and peer support, increasing the accessibility to protocols related to the treatment of cancer-patients during the pandemic among the front-line healthcare workers.
  13. Youth for Social Equality: Promoting the rehabilitation and integration of children with disabilities in the mountainous villages of Georgia during the pandemic, working closely with parents of PwD children and facilitating networking and collaboration among them to help address issues of common concern. Project budget – $ 19,999.  Project duration – 20 January – 20 September, 2021.
  14. Civic Initiative ‘Knowledge Cafè’ – mobilizing resources to build and set up an independent civic space (i.e. community foundation building) in Tsnori through citizen engagement, outreach and crowdfunding campaigns. Project budget- $19,572. Project duration: 15 April, 2020 – 1 June. 2021.


Public Policy and Accountability Grants Program (PPAG)

  1. Civitas Georgica: Studying and improving infrastructural safety, the safety of the educational process, and staff safety in the Georgian preschools and kindergartens, as well as increasing access to an uninterrupted early childhood education during the pandemic and other crisis/emergency situations. Project budget- $36,224.  Project duration: 15 January – 30 September, 2021.
  2. Coalition Education for All: Studying the learning loss in Georgia caused by the COVID-19 disruption of the education process, working with key stakeholders to identify and develop viable strategies for filling the gaps. Project budget- $32,500. Project duration: 15 January – 15 July, 2021.
  3. International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) – uncovering and reporting disinformation campaigns on Facebook during the 2020 parliamentary elections, as well as informing civil society and communicating with Facebook staff to safeguard elections from outside meddling. Project Budget – $69,624. Project Duration: 15 April, 2020 – 15 April, 2021.


Intersectoral Collaboration for COVID-19 Response and Recovery

  1. Collegium of Independent Educational Consultants: Protecting the rights and interests of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families during the pandemic with a special focus on their right to equitable healthcare, mobilizing civil society and private sector resources to (a) identify and highlight the key barriers to healthcare delivery and access for people with ASD and (b) propose and promote a pilot model for treatment planning and service delivery that meets their needs. Project Budget – $ 20,000. Project Duration: 15 January – 15 July, 2021.