The provision of financial support for community groups and organizations has been one of the most important Community Development Program activities since 2014. It aims to strengthen existing civic groups in the region and provide funding for their initiatives and projects so that these groups and individuals can mobilize and unite their communities to achieve positive changes locally. Apart from this, one of the main objectives of financial support is to provide local leaders and groups with the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and develop various skills directly in the course of the project implementation.
As part of its activities, Community Development Program announces two types of grant competitions:
1.Open Grant Competition for Community Organizations and Groups operating throughout Georgia
Any community organization or initiative group operating in Georgia is eligible to participate in the open grant competition. Topics as well as terms of ongoing or future grant competitions are different; however, two main funding criteria remain the same every year: 1. Submitted community projects must meet the needs and improve the quality of life of community members; and 2. Participation of community members, including the contribution of material and/or intangible resources of local self-government shall be ensured in the implementation of the presented community project.
“In addition to the problems solved locally, leaders themselves grow personally, their visibility and experience increase, and they are enabled to mediate between the community and self-government. The role of such persons in the community is really very important…”
Ana Nadirashvili, Grant Manager of Community Development Program
2.Closed Grant Competition for Specific Community Organizations or Groups
Closed grant competition is announced by the Community Development program twice a year; and each time the topics, geographic scope, and terms of the call are predetermined by the program team. The closed competition is announced mainly for those community organizations or initiative groups with whom Program has been working intensively for many years. Again, two main funding criteria remain the same every year: 1. Submitted community projects must meet the needs and improve the quality of life of community members; and 2. Community members’ contribution of material and/or intangible resources shall be ensured in the implementation of the presented community project.
Priority areas of the closed grant competition:
- Non-formal/civic education – with a focus on women and youth;
- Environmental protection and search for alternative resources;
- Agriculture development;
- Preservation of culture and diversity;
- Tourism development.