Analysis of grants from Presidential Grants Foundation

8,432 bids are submitted to the Presidential Grants Foundation in its second tender of 2019


Why are some bids accepted and others rejected? What are the most popular projects? Which regions were more successful?

The expert council of the Presidential Grants Foundation has convened to assess applications for funding in the Foundation’s second tender of the year.  In all, 8,432 proposals were put through to the second round, from a total of 9,073 applications.  Altogether 7,846 organisations made applications to the Foundation.

Why do some applications fail to secure funding?

596 applications (6.6% of the total) were rejected.  This figure is lower than the number rejected in the five preceding tenders.  The average rejection rate is 8.4%.  The majority of bids (64%) are rejected because they fail to fulfil the criteria for the grant.  In 15% of cases there is a discrepancy between the sum of money requested and the amount needed to implement the project.

How many NGOs submitted bids?

12,097 NGOs submitted bids for the current tender.  Last year there were slightly more (12,334 bids). In the past three years over a tenth (10.5%) of all registered NGOs eligible to apply have made applications for the money.

What were the targets of the funding?

In the current tender there was a 9% increase in the number of bids under the category ‘Protecting the rights and freedoms of individuals and citizens’, there was a 13% rise for ‘Social service, social support and the protection of citizens’ and a 6.4% increase in applications for ‘supporting families, mothers, fathers and children’.

There was a 20% reduction in the number of applications to support art and culture for young people, a 12.9% fall in applications to develop diplomacy, a 10.6% drop in bids for youth work and a general dip in applications to promote institutions of civic society.

What were the regional variations?

The current tender saw the largest number of applications made by organisations in the regions, making up 87% of the total applications.  Traditionally, Moscow-based organisations generate the most proposals.  In the second round of the current tender there are 1,180 proposals from Moscow (with 1,237 submitted in the first round).

Organisations in St Petersburg submitted the second largest number of applications (382) and Volgograd the third largest (379).  Rostov and Krasnoyarsk Krai came in the top 10.


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