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Citizen Outreach Grants (COG)

  1. Journalists’ Network for Gender Equality’s project „Support Women’s Political Participation“ envisioned  organizing a countrywide campaign  to mobilize, inform, educate and engage women to identify and voice their needs to the election candidates in the run up to the local government elections in fall 2017. Project duration: 17 July – 17 December, 2017. Project budget – $14,990.
  2. Levan Mikeladze Foundation’s project „Ethnic Minority Women Voters Form Constituency“ supported women voters in Akhaltsikhe, Akhalkalaki and Marneuli municipalities to form female constituency in the run up to the regional elections in fall 2017 and to empower them to become active citizens through capacity building on women’s political participation and relationship building between the female electorate and local government institutions.  Project duration: 17 July – 17 December, 2017. Project budget – $14,998.
  3. Samtskhe-Javakheti Media Center’s project “Women for Women” engaged locally active women from Borjomi, Akhaltsikhe, Marneuli and Ninotsminda municipalities to identify female voter’s needs in their respective municipalities  through organizing open meetings with local women in villages. The needs identified through community meetings were afterwards discussed with the election candidates and decision-makers. Purpose of the project was to raise the profile of female voters’ needs during pre- and-post election periods (using various media resources). Project duration: 17 July, 2017 – 17 January, 2017. Project budget – $14,970.
  4. Women for Regional Development’s project „Women’s Voice in Local Self-Government“  facilitated women’s mobilization and consolidation efforts in seven target communities of Ozurgeti Municipality (Bakhvi, Laituri, Naruji, Nasakirali, Likhauri, Zimiti, Dvabzu) to help women engage with election candidates and advocate for considering women voter’s needs in the election programs and later in the municipal budgets and programs. Project duration: 17 July, 2017 – 17 February, 2017. Project budget – $ 14,598.
  5. Radarami, Project “Raising Awareness about Russian Propaganda” aimed at countering anti-western disinformation through promoting the Georgian translation of a proclaimed book “Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia” and organizing public discussions around the key stories/tools featured in the book. For that purpose the organization distributed the Georgian translation of the book free of charge in 20 regional cities of Georgia and toured the country with the book discussion events, engaging prominent national and local public figures to speak at these events. The project also produced video clips, info-graphics, and other visual material to highlight the propaganda/disinformation tools exposed in the book.  Project duration: 1 April – 30 November, 2017. Budget: 15,000 USD.
  6. Civic Activism and Equality Center. The 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 supported producing 60 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 Duration – 1 June – November 30, 2017. Project Budget:m $ 14,920.
  7. JumpStart Georgia, project “Up in the Air” – raising awareness about air pollution and its negative impacts in Georgia and encouraging citizens to take action against air pollution. For this purpose JumpStart launched an online platform www.filter.ge, conducted series of focus groups to evaluate the current knowledge about the negative impacts of air pollution, and used this information to tailor the online campaign for raising public awareness on the issue and advocate for action. Project duration: 1 July, 2016 – 30 June, 2017. Project budget: $14,930.
  8. Civic Activities Center (Gurjaani), project “Encourage Citizen Participation in Local Self-Government in Akhmeta and Dusheti High-Mountainous Municipalities”  – engaging local CSOs and residents of the high-mountainous regions of Georgia in addressing their primary problems through working with the local government institutions; supporting formation and effective functioning of the Citizen Advisory Councils. The project target area covers villages of Tusheti, Pankisi Gorge, Ukana Pshavi, Khevsureti and Gudamakari. Project budget: $14,835. Duration: March 1 – September 1, 2016. Contact info: akhmeta.gela@gmail.com
  9. Civil Society Institute (Batumi Branch), project “Govern Your City” – introducing a viable public engagement model in the local self-government process in the city of Batumi; strengthening the Citizen Advisory Council and practicing new ways of citizen engagement; increasing public awareness about the role and responsibilities of local self-government institutions through innovative campaigns.Project budget: $14,990. Duration: March 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017. Contact info: natia@civilin.org
  10. Local Development Agency – Georgia (Kutaisi), protect “Participate in Governance” – increasing public engagement in the local decision-making in all 12 municipalities of the Imereti region; developing comprehensive guidelines on citizen engagement; supporting the formation of the Citizen Advisory Councils; increasing interaction between local CSOs and their constituents; advocating for solving local problems through civic participation. Project budget: $14,975. Duration: March 1 – December 1, 2016. Contact info: nino.tvaltvadze@gmail.com
  11. Young Scientists’ Club of Ozurgeti (Ozurgeti), Project “Information Provision System for Citizen Engagement” – fostering citizen engagement in the local self-governance processes through establishing and building capacities of local advisory groups; setting up and launching an SMS-based platform for informing interested citizens about the upcoming Sakrebulo (i.e. local council) hearings and activities; working with the Sakrebulo to improve existing public information policies. Project budget: $14,520. Duration: March 1 – December 31, 2016. Contact info: yscozurgeti@gmail.com
  12. Analytical Center for Inter-ethnic Consultation and Cooperation, project “Election Comics Tents” – using innovative civic education methods to inform population of Samtskhe-Javakheti region about the upcoming parliamentary elections and encourage their participation in the elections. Youth selected from the given target region prepare bilingual (Georgia-Armenian) comics on elections. One month prior to the Parliamentary Elections (mid-September) outdoor fairs “Comics Tents” were organized in Akhaltsikhe, Akhalkalaki, Ninotsminda and Adigeni, where interested citizens received comprehensive information about elections through various activities. Project budget – $14,905. Project Duration: August 10 – October 14, 2016.
  13.  Stepantsmida, project “Advocacy for Rights of Kazbegi Population during the 2016 Parliamentary Elections” – to increase engagement of Kazbegi population in the electoral processes through organizing public discussions between communities and the majoritarian candidates; also identifying priority community needs and communicating those needs to the electoral candidates. Project Budget – $ 7,983. Project Duration – 15 August-15 November, 2016.
  14. Kakheti Regional Development Fund (Kakheti) – Empowering local youth of Pankisi Gorge through capacity building and joint advocacy initiatives. Project Budget – $14,250;
  15. AhuAhu – Fund for Cultural Development (Tbilisi) – facilitate free movie screenings and follow-up discussions on social issues throughout the regions of Georgia; Advocate for restoration of the municipal movie theaters in regions. Project Budget: $14,990.
  16. Vejini (Kakheti) – Engaging ethnic minority communities in discussing early marriage problems; Project budget: $14,450.
  17. Union of Chiaturelians (Imereti) – Facilitating citizen engagement in solving local environmental problems; Project budget: $ 14, 235.
  18. Borjghali (Ajara) – Supporting socially vulnerable and elderly population of Ajara. Project budget: $14,850.
  19.  Center for Civic Activities (Gurjaani)- Supporting civic integration of ethnic minority youth in Pankisi. Project Budget: 14,973.
  20. Georgian Center for Security and Development (Tbilisi) – Raising awareness about Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration processes and the associated benefits among youth in the Kakheti region. Project budget: $ 14,751.
  21. Union of Scientists of Imereti Region “Spectri” (Imereti) – Building the knowledge and capacity of Vani and Baghdati municipalities to prevent and respond to flood risks. Project budget: $14,940. Duration: September 1, 2015 – April 30, 2015. contact info: spectri@gmail.com.

 

 

Public Policy and Accountability Grants (PPAGs

  1. Integration – Road to NATO and EU, project “Myth or Reality? ” – Purpose of the project is to better inform Georgian society about the existing myths spread by anti-western disinformation campaign; and increase media literacy and myth-busting information among the broad audiences. For this purpose the organization prepared and aired a bi-weekly special TV rubric on anti-western disinformation through Rustavi 2’s “Other Midday” program. In addition, PSAs aimed at raising literacy of the broad audiences about the individual myths and informing them about anti-western propaganda were aired on Rustavi 2 on a daily basis. Project Duration – 15 March, 2017 – February, 2018. Project Budget – $49,920.
  2. In-Depth Reporting and Advocacy Center, project “Help Combat Anti-Western Propaganda through Information” focused on informing public about the benefits of the EU market and the opportunities stemming from the EU-Georgia Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). Using its web-platform EUGeorgia.info, the organization produced up to 100 in-depth stories about the Georgian farmers and businesses reaching EU markets, practical benefits and opportunities of the European market, comparative analyses of regional markets, etc. Organization held information meetings and interactive live TV talk-shows in regions to inform and engage with local farmers, producers and interested citizens. Project Duration – March 1 – November 1, 2017. Project Budget – $ 50,000.
  3. Media Development Foundation (MDF) through the project “Myth Detector to Inform Citizens and Strengthen Media Literacy” issued “Myth Detector” articles to counter the anti-western myths and narratives. The articles were posted on the web platform mythdetector.ge.  Based on MDF research, the TV Pirveli company prepared weekly myth-busting and media literacy TV stories, and aired studio interviews with MDF’s researchers. Media literacy workshops for youth were held in Tbilisi and the regions of Georgia. Project Duration – 10 March – 10 November, 2017. Project Budget: 49,980.
  4. Transparency International – Georgia (TI), project “Civic Movement Against Anti-Western Propaganda” organized a public campaign in Georgia’s regions together with up to 20 CSOs of the “Coalition for Euro-Atlantic Georgia” to highlight benefits and importance of European integration to ordinary citizens. Using the motto “Strength is in unity, strength is in Europe”, this campaign envisioned community meetings and public events featuring experts and local celebrities in western regions of Georgia (Ajara, Samegrelo and Imereti), conveying locally relevant narratives and messages about Georgia’s European integration. Project Duration – 15 March – 15 October, 2017. Project budget: $49,600.
  5. Caucasus Research and Resource Centers (CRRC) in partnership with “Partnership for Road Safety”, project “Safer Transit Options for Passengers (STOP)”. Overall goal of the project is to increase  the safety of intercity transport in Georgia through applying internationally practiced approaches. Project Budget: $49,330. Duration: 1 March, 2016 – 1 March, 2017.
  6. Georgian Alliance for Safe Roads –  project “Effective Policy Solutions to Road Safety in Georgia”. Purpose of the project is to raise public awareness about the road safety problem in Georgia and build support among the Georgian government, political parties, and the public at large to push forward effective policy solutions (enforcing the points-based system of penalties, mobile cameras and more effective CCTVs,  stricter fines for over-speeding, and other). Project duration- 26 September, 2016 – 27 January, 2016. Project budget: $15,000.
  7. Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC). Project purpose: Promotion of the development and implementation of the labor conditions and safety inspection mechanism in Georgia. Project Budget: $79,177. Duration: 1 July, 2015 – 31 October, 2016.
  8. Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC), project “Georgia-EU Association Agreement for Increasing Competitiveness of Georgian Agriculture”. Project purpose is to  help Georgian farmers and small processing enterprises in the regions to comply with the DCFTA requirements. Project Budget: $49.920. Duration: 1 March, 2016 – 1 March, 2017.
  9. Transparency International – Georgia (TI-Georgia). Project purpose: Analyze media advertising market trends and relevant legislative base in Georgia and provide comparative analysis with international practices. Project budget: $ 13,000. Duration: 15 October, 2015 – 15 March, 2016.
  10. Media Development Foundation (MDF). Project purpose: study use of public funds in media and its impact on media content and independence.  Project budget: $ 13,000. Duration: 15 October, 2015 – 15 June, 2016.
  11. Georgian Young Lawyer’s Association (GYLA). Project purpose: examine and assess the legal provisions related to the Must Carry – Must Offer principle and the media ownership concentration in the context of the digital switch-over; examine the legal provisions related to the role of the state in controlling/auditing (i.e. financial regulation, tax audit) the TV ratings system; Project budget: $ 12,990. Duration: November 1, 2015 – July 1, 2016.
  12. Media Development Foundation (MDF). Project purpose: Raising public awareness about Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration and debunking myths and negative attitudes towards this process by providing unbiased information. Project Budget: $79,870. Duration: 2 July, 2015 – 30 April, 2016.
  13. Economic Policy Research Center, Project ““Develop and launch a five-day executive course in Georgia for high-level public officials and top CSO leaders on policy development and analysis”. Project Duration – April 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Project budget: $ 19,921.

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