Report on Russian NGOs involved in social care
The Russian Ministry of Economic Development has published a report to provide information about the support available to NGOs involved in social care and detailed advice on how they can access the social care market.
The report states that in 2017 12.9 billion roubles of federal funds were allocated to NGOs working in social care. It included 6,653.8 million roubles awarded to 3,213 NGOs by the Presidential Grants Foundation. NGOs have also received support from the Russian Press, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry for Young People and the Ministry for Emergency Situations.
The report shows a rise in the amount of money given to NGOs from local and federal government agencies during 2017.
Altogether 6,600 organisations received government funding. NGOs also received government support totalling 8.7 billion roubles in the form of subsidies awarded on a competitive basis. State funding programmes for NGOs providing social care are now run in 74 regions of the Russian Federation. 62% of these NGOs in the regions receive government support. The overall level of subsidy paid to local budgets for municipal services provided by NGOs totals 2.9 billion roubles.
In 2017 the regions received over 24 billion roubles to improve the access of NGOs to federal funds for the provision of social care. The money was distributed to 4,100 NGOs that support over 6 million people. The report notes that funding for NGOs involved in social protection and care work has increased by 98%, reaching a total of 5.82 billion roubles (up from the 2016 figure of 2.94 billion roubles). Furthermore, the money being made available for social care is now more widely spread across the country, with 72 regions of the Russian receiving funds, 23 more than in 2016.
Only 38 of the 85 regions are using NGOs to deliver health services, although this represents an increase of 22 on the figure for 2016. State funding for NGOs providing health care totalled 644.7 million roubles, a significant increase on the figure for 2016 of 248.99 million roubles.
The report notes that the number of NGOs involved in social care has risen by 156% on the previous year. 21% of the funds were spent on NGOs helping with the integration of migrants, 11% on NGOs providing support in the rehabilitation of people addicted to drugs or psychoactive substances and 10% on NGOs involved in fire prevention and emergency evacuation. The number of organisations involved in youth projects also rose by 7%.
Overall, from 2011 to 2017, the number of NGOs providing social care increased by 44,00 to 143,000. This period also saw a marked increase in the number of people employed by NGOs, in 2011 it was 1,146,000, by 2017 it had risen to 2,731,000 people.