Grant competition for new Russian CSOs (NGOs). Deadline 7 May

Grant competition for up-and-coming NGOs (CSOs) is now open and taking applications. The competition is being held by Tinkoff Bank with the support of the Help Needed Foundation.


 The competition began accepting applications on April 20. It is geared towards newly founded CSOs from different regions all over Russia. The total grant fund available is 20 million roubles. Expert help will be provided by the charity foundation Help Needed.

The goal of the competition is to provide financial support to emerging charitable organisations.

“It is our great pleasure to support Tinkoff Bank’s decision to hold a competition specifically focussed on emerging non-profit organisations and to provide the winner with comprehensive financial and expert support. This kind of support is essential at the beginning stages and will help CSOs not only to obtain financial resources for the implementation of important projects, but also to continue to develop and to become more stable,” commented Sofia Zhukova, Executive Director of the Help Needed foundation.

The following conditions are required for a CSO to participate:

  • A CSO that has been in operation for one to five years;
  • A CSO that has submitted a 2019 report to the Ministry of Justice;
  • A CSO working in one of the following areas: ecology, animal protection, volunteering, providing assistance to the elderly, providing assistance to vulnerable social groups, providing assistance to children without parental care, providing assistance to families in crisis, and preventing orphanhood.
  • CSOs can co-finance a project that submits an application to the grant competition.

In the application it is necessary to provide details of the project, the team involved, the expected goals and results and the difficulties that could be encountered. There is also a prerequisite: the director of each organisation must provide a small video that tells the story of their project.

The deadline for applications is May 7, 2021. After that, applicants will be subject to expert examination, before the 50 best will be put forward to a popular vote. The winners will be picked by an expert council.


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