The BEARR Trust inaugurated this scheme in 2006 to provide seed-corn funding to small NGOs working in partnerships in the field of health and social welfare. Each year it focuses on specific areas, targeting vulnerable groups such as the homeless, young offenders, the disabled, victims of human trafficking, and the elderly.
The call for bids is published on this website in January-February each year, with a deadline in February-March, and announcement of results in April-May.
The scheme has been sponsored over the years by the Moscow office of the law firm Baker Botts; Q’straint, manufacturer of seat belts for wheelchairs; and other donors.
The Small Grants Scheme for 2017:
The fields covered by the Scheme in 2017 are:
Section A: Projects dealing with mental health issues in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. (This section is linked to the conference on mental health issues BEARR is organising in Tbilisi in May 2017 in partnership with Ilia State University.)
Section B: Projects dealing with mental health issues in other countries in BEARR’s region: Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
click here for details of the successful bids
Click below for details of previous years’ schemes:
2016 – The fields covered by the Scheme in 2016 were:
Section A: Projects designed to help vulnerable older people in Russia
Section B: Projects to support skills training for refugees and displaced people in other countries in BEARR’s region: Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
The fields covered in 2015 were:
Section A: For projects dealing with psychological support for people displaced by the conflict in Ukraine.
Section B: For projects to support victims of domestic violence in Central Asian countries.
2014 – The fields covered in 2014 were:
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.
Section B: For projects focussed on the reintegration of vulnerable young people (16-25 years old) into society in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.
2013 – the fields covered were:
Section A: For projects to combat drug dependency among young people in the Volga Federal District of the Russian Federation
Section B: For projects in the field of the arts and disability in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan
2012 – the scheme was as follows:
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
For details of the Small Grant Scheme in earlier years please follow the links below