Small grants application deadline is extended for organisations from 5 Eastern Partnership countries!

In April 2021 AFEW International launched a call for proposals from community-based organisations (CBOs) working with key populations in the Eastern Partnership countries. The small grants up to € 3.500 will be provided for immediate material needs arising from COVID-19 related measures, such as PPE and IT/communication equipment.

By initial deadline April 30, 2021 we have received 46 proposals, 36 of which came from Ukraine! It was decided to extend the deadline for the small grants’ applications for organisations from 5 other countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova – until May 17, 2021. 

PLEASE NOTE: The decisions on the applications from Ukraine will be announced on May 21, 2021 as planned.

Eligibility criteria for the applicant

Applicant should be a Community based organization (CBO) or represent the interests and needs of the
following groups:
o Sex workers
o LGBTQI
o Men who have sex with men (MSM)
o Women vulnerable to HIV
o Migrants
o Adolescents at risk
o People using drugs
o People living with HIV (PLHIV)

Eligible costs

The Call will support CBOs that have been struggling to adapt to the new COVID-work environment with extreme limits in movement, reduction of interaction with target beneficiaries and the transition to online/remote management and mobilization. To address these challenges, AFEW International will provide support to CBOs in order to adapt and manage these changes.

  • Purchase of equipment for meetings and office rooms to facilitate distance/remote work;
  • Purchase of IT equipment to be able to facilitate communication with the clients;
  • Purchase of COVID-19 personal protection materials (masks, gloves, sanitizers, soap) for organizational and clients use;
  • Purchase of other sanitary equipment and materials for use in the office and/or when meeting clients on outcalls.

How to apply

  • Fill out the application form. An application shall be submitted in English or Russian. The deadline for submitting the form is on 17 May 2021 at 17:00 CET (Amsterdam time). All proposals submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed!
  • Send this form to the following email address: covid19@AFEW.nl. Once submitted, you will receive an automated notification.
  • Wait for the decision of the Selection Commission regarding your application. The review of the applications will be done within 3 weeks after the deadline. The decisions will be announced on 7 June 2021.
  • If you have questions, please refer them to the above-mentioned email address or to Valeria Fulga: valeria_fulga@AFEW.nl.

The Application Form consists of two parts. Part 1 refers to the content of the proposal. Part 2 refers to organizational and banking details. Both parts need to be submitted at once.

More details about the extension of the call for applications  – here.

Application Form COVID-19 Solidarity Program – download.

Budget form download.

Banking details form download.

This call is a part of a regional COVID-19 Solidarity Program in the Eastern Partnership countries” with the financial support of the European Union. This project supports community based organizations (CBOs) to respond to the immediate and longer term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Eastern Partnership countries. AFEW International together with the Netherlands Helsinki Committee is part of the consortium led by People in Need. The consortium has the goal of enhancing the capacities of CBOs to effectively respond to short- and medium-term needs and influence longer-term policy reforms that support vulnerable groups and those disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small grants to CBOs in the Eastern Partnership countries for immediate material needs arising from COVID-19 related measures

AFEW International is launching a call for proposals from community-based organisations (CBOs) working with key populations on immediate material needs arising from COVID-19 related measures, such as PPE and IT/communication equipment.

We aim at supporting multiple organisations from the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) with small grants. The maximum amount per grant is € 3.500.

Eligibility criteria for the applicant

Applicant should be a Community based organization (CBO) or represent the interests and needs of the
following groups:
o Sex workers
o LGBTQI
o Men who have sex with men (MSM)
o Women vulnerable to HIV
o Migrants
o Adolescents at risk
o People using drugs
o People living with HIV (PLHIV)

Eligible costs

The Call will support CBOs that have been struggling to adapt to the new COVID-work environment with extreme limits in movement, reduction of interaction with target beneficiaries and the transition to online/remote management and mobilization. To address these challenges, AFEW International will provide support to CBOs in order to adapt and manage these changes.

  • Purchase of equipment for meetings and office rooms to facilitate distance/remote work;
  • Purchase of IT equipment to be able to facilitate communication with the clients;
  • Purchase of COVID-19 personal protection materials (masks, gloves, sanitizers, soap) for organizational and clients use;
  • Purchase of other sanitary equipment and materials for use in the office and/or when meeting clients on outcalls.

How to apply

  • Fill out the application form. An application shall be submitted in English or Russian. The deadline for submitting the form is on 30 April 2021 at 17:00 CET (Amsterdam time). All proposals submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed!
  • Send this form to the following email address: covid19@AFEW.nl. Once submitted, you will receive an automated notification.
  • Wait for the decision of the Selection Commission regarding your application. The review of the applications will be done within 3 weeks after the deadline. The decisions will be announced on 21 May 2021.
  • If you have questions, please refer them to the above-mentioned email address or to Valeria Fulga: valeria_fulga@AFEW.nl.

The Application Form consists of two parts. Part 1 refers to the content of the proposal. Part 2 refers to organizational and banking details. Both parts need to be submitted at once.

More details about the call for applications  – here.

Application Form COVID-19 Solidarity Program – download.

Budget form download.

Banking details form download.

This call is a part of a regional COVID-19 Solidarity Program in the Eastern Partnership countrieswith the financial support of the European Union. This project supports community based organizations (CBOs) to respond to the immediate and longer term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Eastern Partnership countries. AFEW International together with the Netherlands Helsinki Committee is part of the consortium led by People in Need. The consortium has the goal of enhancing the capacities of CBOs to effectively respond to short- and medium-term needs and influence longer-term policy reforms that support vulnerable groups and those disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small grants from Eurasian Harm Reduction Association

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) invites initiative groups and organizations of the community of people who use psychoactive substances, as well as organizations working in drug policy and harm reduction field in CEECA region, to apply for resource assistance/funding for the activities related to advocacy that address human right violations during Covid-19 in CEECA region.

The assistance is provided by the Secretariat of EHRA as part of the project “We Will Not End AIDS Until We Adopt Harm Reduction and End the War on Drugs” of the International Harm Reduction Consortium.

Applicant should select one of the topics of interest:

  • Human rights violations of PWUD related with street policing (criminalization of PWUD) during Covid-2019;
  • Human rights violations of PWUD related with barriers to access treatment and other health services, including harm reduction services during Covid-2019;
  • Human rights violations of PWUD related with poverty, unemployment and homelessness of PWUD during Covid-2019;
  • Human rights violations of women who use drugs during Covid-2019.

The total budget for sub-grants is $18 000. Four groups/organizations will be selected to receive the funding in the amount of 4,500 USD each for a period up to 7 months. Projects must be completed from March to September 2021.

Deadline for submitting applications: 24th February, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CET

You can find additional information and application form here.

Russia is Dancing for Life

Author: Anastasia Petrova, Russia

“Congratulations to “FOCUS-MEDIA” and dance4life for the victory in presidential grants competition!” This was the message Ekaterina Artemenko, the coordinator of projects in Moscow “FOCUS Media” foundation, got from her colleague around midnight on July 31. The happy news spread quickly and all danc4life project members knew about it the next day. The initiative was supported this year by the Presidential Grant Foundation.

Starting from 2006, non-commercial organizations in Russia are supported by the president. This was the first year of the presidential grant competition. For 10-year existence, the system of finance distribution was quite complicated: at first the head of the state approved the list of non-commercial organizations (NCO) – the receivers of grants with his decree, and then the NCOs were included into the finance distribution system. In 2017, the procedure was simplified: grant participants may apply online. There has appeared the unified operator – presidential grant foundation.

Coordination committee summed up the results of the first competition on 31 July, 2017. There were 970 NCOs-winners from 79 regions in the winner list, which is around 15% of all applications. There were 6,623 projects that participated in the competition. Three Russian NCOs, included in the register as “foreign agents,” are among presidential grants recipients. Operator has distributed grants with the total sum of 2.25 billion Russian Rubles within the first competition. The most financed project among the 12 grant departments was “Citizen Health Protection, Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle.”

Recognition of merit

Public Health and Social Development Foundation “FOCUS -MEDIA” celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. “We are happy to have received this grant, but frankly, we are also a bit surprised,” the employees of the foundation are saying.

There is a lot of work ahead even after receiving the grant. Financing will allow to run the project dance4life in 14 Russian cities. It will also include a module on tobacco addiction prophylaxis and anti-tobacco campaigns. Besides, the project will include additional component in the form of helping teenagers and young people with HIV. They will be able to volunteer in the project and take part in all of the activities.

Dancing is a universal language

Dance4life project, which won the grant, is a unique international initiative. The initiative aims at promotion of healthy lifestyle among young people, preservation and promotion of reproductive health, HIV infection prevention and many more socially important diseases. More than two million people from 20 different countries have been a part of the programme over the years of its existence.

The project started in 2005 in Russia. It began after “FOCUS Media” Foundation director Evgenia Alekseeva met the Dutch creator of the project Ilco van der Linde. After this meeting, she decided to take this international initiative to Russia. “FOCUS Media” Foundation existed for seven years by that time, dealt with health protection and, in particular, with AIDS prophylaxis among youth. That is why the aim of the project (which includes the prophylaxis of socially important diseases, addiction formation and strengthening young people) coincided with the foundation’s activity.

Now dance4life is a project with 12-year-old history in Russia, and it runs in more than 14 regions. During the years of its activity, it managed to involve around 220,000 young people, who say that dance4life has changed their lives. The keys to the uniqueness of the project are youth culture, energy and creativity that help spread the information on preserving health and taking responsibility for one’s life. Dancing as a part of the project is a universal language, connecting dance4life participants from all over the world.

The results will be presented on AIDS 2018

There were some guests in the ““FOCUS -MEDIA” Foundation office a week before receiving the news about winning the grant. Yulia Koval-Molodtsova, a former project coordinator in Russia and now an associate in the main dance4life office in the Netherlands, came to Russia to talk about the new working models.

After running the same programme since 2005, the international dance4life team has been working on the analysis and improvement of the project methodology. While the old working model made an accent on youth education, the new programme aims at self-realization of society. Now the programme invites young people on a journey: from relationship with oneself, to the relationships with partners and society in general. The components of HIV and sexually-transmitted infections (STI) prophylaxis, issues of contraception and gender equality are now skillfully connected with such important for young people topics: self-knowledge, establishment of personal boundaries, and control of social stereotypes. The principles of work have not changed: to inspire, teach, involve and celebrate. Due to the “peer to peer” approach, young people become the driving force of the project.

New model of work will be approved during this year. The pilot project is running in two regions. In Nizhny Novgorod, where the project is successfully running from the start, they work in cooperation with local schools. The new contacts will be established from scratch in Kolomna, a city in Moscow region, where dance4life is just starting. The model of the project is universal and can be used for both learning and leisure purposes of young people.

Even though the project will be financed by the Presidential Foundation till the end of 2018, the managers of the project would like to sum up the first results of work by next summer. The results of work and experience in the area of HIV/AIDS among youth will be introduced on the International AIDS Conference in 2018. The focus of this conference will be on Eastern European and Central Asian countries.