The BEARR Trust supports civil society organisations primarily through the allocation of small grants. Our grants might be small, but they go a long way. Each year we allocate matched funds to further grass roots initiatives which seek to address health and welfare issues affecting local communities. Through our small grants we seek to support innovation, imagination, and independence. By taking a flexible and light-touch approach we allow for difference, and encourage experimentation with new ideas. This in turn supports our partners to be more resilient over the long term. 

Participants of Nurjolber’s project to promote women’s entrepreneurship setting up a traditional Yurt. SGS 2020, Kyrgyzstan.

BEARR also aims to support through evaluation and follow-up with partners once funds have been allocated. We see peer evaluation as an important area of experimentation and innovation. As part of this, we encourage grantees to be as aware of their accountability to the communities in which they work as they are to BEARR as providers of funds. All of this feeds back into what we share, through promoting learning and experience.

Beekeeping training for refugees in the community, Improve Your Village, Kotayk Province, Armenia. SGS 2016.

Finally, through all that BEARR does, we ultimately aim to support inclusive communities in our region — where the vulnerable and marginalised are brought in, where mental and physical suffering are relieved, and holistic health and wellbeing are promoted.

Creating a guide for girls to understand and combat sexual harassment, NGO Education Center “Tolerspace”, Kyiv, Ukraine. SGS 2019

Find out more about how we support via our Small Grants Scheme.

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