BEARR’s 2023 Small Grants Scheme webinar: how to prepare a Project A application?

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On Wednesday 01 February 2023 at 11:00 (GMT), BEARR held a one-hour webinar to talk prospective Project A applicants through the 2023 Small Grants Scheme application process.

BEARR Trustee Ross Gill gave a presentation with guidelines and tips for completing the application, followed by a Q&A session. You can find a recording of the webinar on our YouTube channel here.

You can also find a recording of last year’s Small Grants Scheme webinar in English here, and in Russian here. Please note that this year, the webinar was adapted to cover the specific requirements of completing a joint application between two or more CSOs.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Information Officer, Alexia Claydon, on info@bearr.org, or our Small Grants Officer, Anna Lukanina-Morgan, on sgs@bearr.org.

FAQs

  • What language should the application be submitted in?

    Applications must be submitted in English.
  • Can one of the partners for Project A be from the private sector?

    The organisations submitting a joint application for a Project A grant must all be a civil society organisations (CSOs). However, matched funding can come from private or state sources.
  • How long should the project last?

    Projects should aim to be completed within six months of receiving the grant.
  • How many CSOs can be involved in a Project A application?

    There must be at least 2 CSOs on a Project A application, however there is no upper limit. Please note that the maximum grant given will still be £4,000 regardless of the number of CSOs on the application.
  • What currency should the budget be in?

    GBP – British £ Sterling
  • What type of project expenses can BEARR funding cover? Can an applicant only apply for funding for direct expenses, or can service payments for trainers and experts be included?

    You can apply to BEARR’s Small Grants Scheme for both direct expenses and service payments, as well as minor technical costs. However, we will not accept applications where technical costs are more than 20% of the budget. Please see Section 4 of the Project A guidelines for a sample budget template.
  • How are projects monitored?

    All grantees have to complete a short Monitoring and Evaluation Form on completion of their project, as well provide BEARR with a brief narrative report. We warmly welcome regular updates and photos of your project during its implementation, too. You can find examples of our previous grantees’ project reports here.
  • What if my question isn’t answered here?

    For further information, you can watch our 2023 Small Grants Scheme Webinar on how to prepare a Project A application here. You can also find a recording of our 2022 Small Grants Scheme webinar in English here, and in Russian here.

    If you still have questions, please feel free to contact our Small Grants Officer, Anna Lukanina-Morgan at sgs@bearr.org. You can email Anna in English, Russian or Ukrainian. 

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Applications for BEARR’s 2023 Small Grants Scheme are now open.

In 2022, the focus of much of BEARR’s work has been on Ukraine and Moldova, with the Ukraine Emergency Appeal at the forefront of our activities. This year, the main Small Grants Scheme (Project A) will focus on other countries with which we work, with another scheme (Project B) reserved for applicants in Ukraine and Moldova.

It has been part of BEARR’s long-term mission to foster cooperation and partnerships, in the belief that this is fundamental to the operation of successful civil society organisations (CSOs).

For 2023, we are inviting applications for up to £4,000 for joint projects that promote the long-term partnership between two or more CSOs supporting vulnerable people in any area of health or social welfare. Applications are welcome from CSOs in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan.

No grants can be made at present to Russian and Belarusian CSOs because of difficulties transferring funds to those countries.

We will also be inviting separate applications for up to £1,000 from existing grantees in Ukraine and Moldova for projects aimed at building organisational resilience. These grants are separate to our Emergency Appeal (which will continue to fund the distribution of humanitarian aid) and are designated specifically to support activities that improve the welfare of staff and volunteers, as well as to improve the organisation’s resilience.

Projects should normally be completed within six months of the receipt of funds, and applicants are expected to complete a monitoring form and to write an article about their project for publication on BEARR’s website. The BEARR Trust reserves the right to commission independent evaluation of any project funded. 

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday 15 February at 23:59 GMT.

Please download the relevant documents:

Project A

Joint projects that promote the long-term partnership between two or more CSOs supporting vulnerable people in any area of health or social welfare. Applications are welcome from CSOs in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan.

Project B

Projects aimed at building organisational resilience or to improve the welfare of staff and volunteers. Applications are welcome from former grantees in Ukraine and Moldova only.

Completing your application:

All applicants must use the application forms provided.

Applications must be completed in English.

Please refer primarily to the application guidelines for advice on how to fill in the application form. If you still have questions about the application process, please feel free to direct them to Anna Lukanina-Morgan at sgs@bearr.orgYou can email Anna in English, Russian or Ukrainian. 

Submitting your application:

Please send your application to Anna Lukanina-Morgan at sgs@bearr.org and copy in Alexia Claydon at info@bearr.org. Please make sure to put ‘SGS 2023/Organisation Name‘ as the subject line of your email.

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