Record number of applications for Presidential Grants

NGOs file a record number of applications for Presidential Grants
Those hoping to receive state funding sent 6581 applications — almost twice as many as the average of the 2015-2016 contests.
Head of the Presidential Grant Foundation Ilya Chukalin reported this to the Agency for Social Information. Applications were accepted up to 31 May.
The largest number of projects (976) were related to public health. In second place (937 applications) were projects linked to science and education, while third (819) were those related to social services and support. The least popular categories were projects strengthening interethnic and religious understanding (285 applications), environmental protection (247 applications) and the development of public diplomacy (136).
The largest number of applications (1511) came from NGOs in Moscow, followed by those from St Petersburg (338 applications), and Sverdlovsk region (207 applications).
The results of the contest will be announced on 31 July.
A second application round will open on 16 August, with applications accepted until 29 September. The results of this contest are due by 24 November.
In 2016 there were four contests, which received 3980, 3318, 3772 and 4634 applications respectively, while in 2015 there were three, to which NGOs submitted 4370, 4670 and 4416 applications respectively.
For the first time, grants will be distributed by a single body: the Presidential Grant Foundation and Coordination Committee for the Development of Civil Society. One of the purposes of the coordination committee is the formation of a joint expert committee which will analyse and determine winners.

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