On February 15, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova took part in a meeting of the Coordination Committee for holding contests for grants of the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society under the chairmanship of First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation Sergey Kirienko.
Members of the Coordination Committee discussed positive trends in the development of grant support for NGOs for 2017 and identified tasks to increase the availability, openness, and information support of providing grants of the President of the Russian Federation in 2018.
Sergey Kirienko noted that significant results were achieved through the transfer of the process of receiving, processing and evaluation of applications for grants from NGOs to the electronic form, and the expansion of the possibilities for obtaining grants for fresh NGOs from all regions.
Tatiana Moskalkova said about high appreciation of the work of the Grant Fund of the President of the Russian Federation on the part of human rights organizations and proposed to expand the possibilities of grant support to public monitoring commissions (PMC), including training of PMC members in the field of protecting the rights of citizens in places of detention.
In 2018, it is planned to continue work on expanding the scope of grant support, including within the framework of the instruction of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on the need to provide grants for young cultural and artistic personalities.
In the current year, during 2 competitions, 8 billion 600 million 900 thousand rubles will be allocated from the grant fund of the President of the Russian Federation to support civil society in Russia in 13 areas of activity, including in the field of human rights protection. A new direction of the grant work will be support of cultural figures and artists who will now be able to receive funds for the development of their projects.
The main trends are increasing the openness and availability of grant support and ensuring maximum independence of experts and transparency of examination of submitted project applications.