The BEARR Trust Small Grants Scheme 2012

The BEARR Trust invited applications from NGOs and other organisations for its Small Grants Scheme for 2012 . Full details and the outcome are given below. The deadline was 4 February 2012.

Section A: A sum of $10 000 to be awarded for projects in Russia and Kazakhstan which encourage youth volunteering as a way of integrating young people more fully into wider society.

Section B: A sum of £5000 for innovative work with elderly people in Ukraine, Moldova or Belarus

What are the aims of the Scheme?

The 2012 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, influence policy, or engage public institutions in addressing the relevant issues
  • propose other, imaginative, ways of achieving the Scheme’s aims

The scheme is intended to further the BEARR Trust’s current priorities, which can be seen here.

The BEARR Small Grants Scheme 2012 – outcome

BEARR received a wide range of excellent applications for the 2012 grant scheme from the many and varied organisations active in the relevant areas of work. As usual it was difficult to assess all the applications and choose the winners. We regret not being able to support more than a small number of projects, but wish all the other applicants good luck with their much-needed work.

Grants were awarded as follows, under each section of the scheme:

Section A. For projects in Russia and Kazakhstan which encourage youth volunteering as a way of integrating young people more fully into wider society.

Dari Dobro, Ulyanovsk, Russia

The aim of the project is to train a youth volunteer movement in the Ulyanovsk region, to develop compassion among young people and give them the skills, knowledge and training to act as mentors to children coming out of orphanages, so that with their practical help and moral support these children can be integrated successfully into society.

Volunteer, Yelabuga, Tatarstan, Russia

Partners: The Department of Labour, Employment and Social Protection of the Republic of Tatarstan, The Russian Centre for the Development of Volunteering, the Makheyev Foundation in Yelabuga, and the “Ariadna” centre for social and psychological assistance to the population.

The project is to develop and support the volunteer movement through a network of 7 “Volunteer” centres in the Volga federal district and in Kaliningrad. The aim of the centers is to involve young people in providing targeted assistance to socially vulnerable groups, building on “Volunteer’s” excellent track record in this field

Positive, Abakan, Republic of Khakassia, Russia.

Partner: The Government funded “Centre for the Prevention and Control of AIDS and infectious diseases” in Khakassia.

The project aims to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS by training young volunteers to man peripatetic HIV and healthy living information tents, and to help develop a long-term cadre of anti-AIDS volunteers.

Volunteer club DAR, Aktobe, Kazakhstan

Partner: Social Foundation “Charity Fund MECENAT “

The project will provide seminars to train young volunteers to work with young people with disabilities.

Section A of The BEARR Trust Small Grants Scheme 2012 is funded by a grant from the Moscow Office of the law firm Baker Botts.

Section B. Projects which involve innovative work with elderly people in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.

Stand International, Tubota pro Litnikh and Svet, Simferopol, Ukraine

The project aims to develop the idea of intergenerational work in Ukraine and encourage younger people to volunteer in their own community and engage with the older inhabitants of state-run institutions, contributing to a healthy civic society and encouraging local policy-makers to support and develop similar ideas.


Memoria Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims, Chisinau, Moldova

The project aims to improve the quality of elderly people’s lives by reducing their sense of isolation; and to increase public awareness of the situation of elderly victims of political repression in Moldova.