Moscow now has a new grant program for social projects by NPOs and charitable foundations, Moscow Is a Good City. The relevant resolution has been adopted by the Moscow Government Presidium.
Socially oriented non-profit organisations will be provided with grants for projects aimed at expanding social services, totalling RUB 400 million per year.
To get a grant, a project must meet the following criteria:
- a case-by-case approach to social assistance. Beneficiaries should get the specific support they need;
- proactivity. NPOs and charitable foundations should not wait till people come to them for help, but act immediately;
- synergy. The projects should combine the efforts of NPOs, charitable foundations, volunteers and municipal services to solve beneficiaries' specific life challenges;
- new technology solutions. The Information systems of the Government of Moscow accumulate big data about the citizens, while artificial intelligence monitors the situation and flags a family that may need help and support.
The city will provide the residents with information on the projects run by non-profit organisations, as well as help NPOs become closer to Muscovites.
The grants will be awarded following the results of the contest organised by the Moscow Department of Labour and Social Protection.
The contest participants can present charity projects dealing with the widest possible range of life challenges that one may encounter, to be assessed in several categories. There are seven blocks based on the target audience and problem-solving methods:
- physically challenged and disabled persons,
- families with children;
- dropouts (homeless, ex-convicts);
- projects promoting systemic volunteering;
- projects developing charity and mutual assistance;
- projects to prevent public health hazards, develop and promote a healthy lifestyle;
- projects to build and promote a knowledge base of a non-governmental assistance system.
Moscow Is a Good City: categories
Block 1 covers projects aimed at maintaining the quality of life of families with physically challenged or disabled, seriously ill children or adults and those in need of long-term care. Categories:
- Cover for Me for a While - assistance to relatives of children and adults with multiple and mental disabilities, dementia, bedridden patients, patients with multiple sclerosis and other serious diseases;
- Extraordinary Children - assistance to families with premature babies, disabled children, rehabilitation and socialization of children with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, other disabilities and health issues;
- Others - comprehensive care and support for patients with rare (including genetic) diseases and their families;
Inclusive Clubs - social and cultural rehabilitation, art therapy, sports rehabilitation of disabled people, standing aid, canine-, equine-, and dolphin-assisted therapies;
- The Art of Overcoming - palliative care for families with terminally ill children and adults, organisation of non-medical care for patients and their families at palliative institutions, support to relatives of hospice patients;
- Territory of Care - programs for long-term care, social patronage of elderly people living alone, people with disabilities, social and cultural programs for residents of mental health facilities, veterans of labour retirement homes, orphanages; social and cultural programs and programs to help and support pensioners, veterans of wars, armed conflicts, professional communities, including veterans of the stage;
- I'm In - career guidance and employment of people with disabilities, including supported employment, labour workshops for people with disabilities.
Block 2 covers projects to help large families, families with children and minor expectant mothers in crisis or facing life challenges and has the following categories:
- Family Matters - promotion of family values, prevention of domestic violence and child abuse, establishment of crisis centres, legal advice, psychological assistance and information, mediation, assistance in employment;
- Foster Family - training of and support to foster parents;
- Own Foster Children - prevention of abandonment and social orphanhood, socialization of orphans;
- Adolescence - employment assistance for adolescents and youth, career guidance, prevention of destructive behaviour, bullying among the youth.
Block 3 is focused on projects on social adaptation, rehabilitation and self-realization of dropouts and comprises 2 categories:
- Street People - assistance to homeless people (food, overnight shelters, clothes), counselling on restoring documents, social patrol, rehabilitation projects, supported employment;
- Released from Prison. How to live on? - assistance to people released from prison, legal advice, assistance in employment, socialization and adjustment to life outside prison.
Block 4 will deal with projects to promote systemic social volunteering, with the following categories:
- Silver Volunteers - projects aimed at involving elderly citizens in volunteering;
- Volunteers - volunteer projects in social and medical institutions: volunteers in hospitals, hospices, residential mental health facilities, orphanages, veterans of labour retirement homes;
- Always There - targeted household help to elderly and disabled people living alone, routing;
- Donors - development of unpaid bone marrow, blood and component donation.
Block 5 is for projects developing charity and mutual assistance, such as Good City, social and cultural projects supporting beneficiaries and civic communities, support for projects run by civic communities, organisation of assistance (food, clothes) for those in need.
Block 6 includes projects to prevent public health hazards, promote and develop a healthy lifestyle. For example, the Territory of Health category will centre around projects raising awareness of risk factors of disease such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, stroke, cancer, as well as preventing abortions and developing informational content about healthy lifestyles, men's and women's health.
Block 7 includes projects to build and promote a knowledge base of a non-governmental assistance system. The categories are as follows:
- People to People - description and communication of the best social NPO practices, assistance in standardizing new social services, public control over the environment availability;
- Enrichment with Ideas – experience-sharing and cross-training between NPOs, government agencies, public officials.
There are three grant levels, including Small (up to RUB 500,000) for social start-ups with experience of less than a year and few beneficiaries, Medium (RUB 500,000 to RUB 5,000,000) for NPOs and foundations with experience of more than two years and contribution or funds raised of at least five percent of the project's budget, and Large (RUB 5,000,000+) for NPOs and foundations with more than two years of experience and contribution or funds raised of 10 percent of the project's budget.
Check for more information on Moscow is a Good City contest to be published soon on the website of the Moscow Department of Labour and Social Protection.
There are over 1,000 social protection NPOs in Moscow. Most of them are expected to take part in the grant contest. It also aims to engage the non-profit sector and the volunteer community in solving pressing social problems and improve the life in Moscow.