Grants at the Solidarity Fund PL are awarded in line with the Grants Policy.
The Foundation may award funding for projects in two types of support:
- Type A – for Grant Recipients selected through an open grant award procedure,
- Type B – through joint projects with implementing partners selected in open or limited procedures of collecting applications or through grants awarded directly to selected organisations.
Funding may be provided for projects in line with the Foundation’s statutory activities and its strategic priorities.
Basic principles of awarding grants:
- transparency of proceedings meaning that the grant procedure contains clear principles; we provide means to verify the correct application of these principles and establish in advance the criteria under which we take steps as part of procedures;
- equal treatment of all entities participating in the grant-awarding procedure, that is, we do not discriminate against individual applicants on the basis of their legal status or ownership structure; we apply the same application evaluation criteria, deadlines, mode of explanation, and appeal measures to all entities;
- eligibility, i.e., conditions for financing projects and the types of expenses that may be incurred during their implementation known in advance;
- avoidance of double funding meaning that the same costs must not be funded twice from any budget;
- avoiding conflicts of interest, i.e., situations in which business, financial, family, political, or personal interests may adversely affect the impartiality and independence of those involved in the grant-awarding procedure.
Who may receive a grant
- civil society organisations and NGOs,
- media organisations,
- non-profit organisations,
- public entities, especially local public authorities,
- grassroots local initiatives/entrepreneurs/startups,
- in special situations, justified by the political situation or sensitivity of the project, unregistered entities and individuals.
Who may not receive a grant
- political parties,
- private sector profit-focused entities with the exception of media organisations and entrepreneurs/startups working in the area of development or relevant at the local level.
In some cases, the Foundation may exclude an entity or entities from the grant proceedings in the case of circumstances described in the Grants Policy. If an entity takes appropriate remedial action and the Foundation deems it sufficient, we may agree to participation of such entity in the proceedings.
The entity that shall be selected in the grant-awarding procedure shall undergo due diligence, i.e., an examination of reliability and being subject to national and international sanctions. For this purpose, before concluding a contract, the pre-contract statement and declaration regarding Russian citizenship must be filled.
We encourage participants to get familiar with sample documents such as specimen of grant agreement, specimen of partnership agreement, specimen of the budget, specimen of the report, financing and reporting principles and information obligations.