Small Grants Scheme 2014 – outcome announced

The BEARR Trust is pleased to announce the successful bidders for its Small Grants Scheme for 2014. Full details are given below.

Projects should normally be completed within six months of receipt of the funds.  The BEARR Trust reserves the right to independent evaluation of any project funded.

What are the aims of the Scheme?

The 2014 Small Grants Scheme aims to support and encourage NGOs to

  • share experience and learning among NGOs with relevant aims
  • disseminate good practice more widely
  • facilitate cooperation with and/or coordination among NGOs and other organisations working with relevant groups
  • improve awareness, or engage public institutions in addressing the relevant issues
  • propose other, imaginative, ways of achieving the Scheme’s aims

The BEARR Trust Small Grants Scheme 2014: Outcome

The BEARR Trust received fewer applications for grants this year, especially for Section A, perhaps due to the narrower scope of the areas to be covered. This was itself introduced to ensure there were not too many disappointed applicants.  However some of the applications received were of high quality.  Grants were offered as follows:

Section A:  For projects focussed on the reintegration of vulnerable young people (16-25 years old) into society in the Urals Federal Region of Russia.

BICE International: for a project focussed on combatting the effects of abuse and sexual violence against young people.  This involves training for psychologists and social workers in the Chelyabinsk region on psycho-social assistance to young victims, strengthening professionals’ capacities by disseminating best practice, and supporting some 800 victims of abuse.

New Social Solutions and FC Rodina-66, with Magistral chain stores: to support the Rodina-66 team of socially excluded girls in Novouralsk, to enable them to take part in the Russian football championships for socially excluded people, and to encourage other girls’ teams. Football tournaments for these groups are an effective way of raising self-esteem and overcoming societal and self-stigmatisation.

Section A is funded through a grant from the Moscow office of the law firm Baker Botts.  It will also cover continuing support for students from Kitezh orphan community to assist them with their continuing education.

Section B:  For projects focussed on the reintegration of vulnerable young people (16-25 years old) into society in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.

HIAS Kyiv, with HIAS International and UNHCR: to provide legal assistance and counselling to young and vulnerable migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons in Ukraine. The project involves training for government ministries, regional administrations, psychologists and NGOs.

This project is partly funded by the proceeds of Janet Gunn’s sponsored walk in Ukraine (see details).

Chernobyl Children’s Project and Supporting Children Together, Gomel: to provide training in child care and development, and to support young people and their families in the Chernobyl region of Belarus at risk of being institutionalised for bad behaviour. And to demonstrate to the Belarus authorities that there is a better way to deal with ‘difficult’ young people than the current custodial schools.

We send our congratulations and best wishes to all the grantees, and look forward to hearing about their experiences on completion of their projects.  In addition to formal assessments, grantees will be asked to contribute a short report for publication in the BEARR Newsletter, so that everyone can learn from their projects.