Stronger controls on state grants to NGOs?
The Russian Ministry of Labour has prepared amendments to regulations on the granting of federal subsidies to NGOs
The Russian Ministry of Labour has prepared a draft government resolution introducing amendments to regulations on the granting of subsidies for the financing of programmes run by non-profit organisations. The amendments are designed to strengthen controls over the intended use of grants provided.
The draft introduces provisions specifying a transition to set principles of budget expenditure. To this end, according to the Ministry of Labour, it will be compulsory for the organisation applying for a grant to submit forecasts for the end result of the programme, as well as an evaluation of the effectiveness of its implementation, including its social effectiveness.
The draft also establishes conditions for the granting of subsidies and provides a list of documents required for their attainment. Amongst those are a description of aims and objectives, a list of activities with timeframes for implementation and expected results, the number of participants in activities, an events calendar, and notarised copies of constituent documents obtained no earlier than six months after incorporation into the Unified State Register of Legal Entities.
In addition, the draft specifies the mandatory provisions of agreements concluded between the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Health and recipients of grants. The draft stipulates that the Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Health will publish expenditure reports and performance indicators of grant recipients on their websites.
The draft establishes the right of the Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Health to carry out checks on recipients’ compliance with the conditions, objectives and procedures for the granting of subsidies.
The document is currently undergoing interdepartmental review.
Author: Yulia Vyatkina