Small Grants Scheme (SGS)
Our principal means of supporting civil society organisations (CSOs) in the region is via our Small Grants Scheme. The BEARR Trust inaugurated its Small Grants Scheme in 2006 to provide seed-corn funding to small CSOs working in partnerships in the field of health and social welfare. Each year, the SGS focuses on a specific theme, to support vulnerable groups such as the homeless, young offenders, the disabled, victims of human trafficking and the elderly. We regularly publish reports from our funded projects via our website and newsletter.
We publish our call for bids on our website in January-February each year, with a deadline in February-March, and announce the results in April-May.
For BEARR’s 2021 Small Grants Scheme, we invited applications for projects that propose ways of reducing social isolation. We received 227 applications, over 60% of which came from Ukraine, with at least one application from every other country in BEARR’s region. 15 projects have now been selected; you can read about them here.
In 2020, our chosen theme was projects aimed at strengthening the position of women in rural communities.
In 2019, we offered grants for projects concerned with violence against women and girls in BEARR’s region. We received 213 applications, showing the urgent need for support in this area, and 15 applicants successfully received funding.