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The Russkiy Mir Foundation provides grants to support the implementation of projects launched by Russian and foreign non-profit organizations as well as by persons without citizenship on competition basis and dealing with the promotion of the Russian language throughout the world, programs in the Russian language, the development of cultural and humanitarian cooperation between Russia and other countries, and the support of foreign Russian speaking mass media. A grant provided by the Russkiy Mir Foundation is targeted finances provided irrecoverably and free to individual and juridical persons for the implementation of specific projects that follow certain regulations set by the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Survey the Regulations on Grants
Grant is targeted non-repayable funds disbursed irrecoverably and free to individual and juridical persons for the implementation of specific projects that follow certain regulations set by the Russkiy Mir Foundation (hereinafter to be referred to as Foundation) with obligatory provision of the report on the targeted use of the received financing.
Project is an action (or a set of actions) having a specific goal, specific dates of the implementation, and focused on a targeted group of people providing the achievement of expected outcomes.
The Foundation provides grants on competition basis. Experts and expert councils of the Foundation give their expert opinion on grant applications sent to the Foundation. Under otherwise equal conditions the applications dealing with the implementation of projects having social significance and focused on the achievement of practical effects are given preference.
The Foundation provides grants for the implementation of specific projects to Russian and foreign non-profit organizations as well as to persons without citizenship.
The Foundation provides grants for
    • projects focused on the promotion of the Russian language both throughout Russia and foreign countries
    • cultural and humanitarian projects.
Projects focused on the promotion of the Russian language throughout Russian and foreign countries are projects aimed at:
    • teaching the Russian language, including teaching it as a non-mother or foreign language
    • advanced training and additional training of Russian language and literature teachers
    • developing of new training packages, teaching aids, textbooks, and other materials in order to help Russian language and literature teachers to learn the Russian language
    • developing of multimedia educational resources and distance teaching system for teaching and learning the Russian language and literature
    • founding and supporting Russian language schools
    • arranging of Russian language and literature Olympiads and contests
    • promoting the Russian language and literature through mass media
    • conducting linguistic research dealing with the Russian language
    • arranging of forums, conferences, round tables, festivals, holidays and other events aimed at the promotion of the Russian language and literature both throughout Russia and foreign countries.
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Cultural and humanitarian projects are projects aimed at the promotion of ideas and values of the Russian world, Russia’s positive image-building throughout foreign countries and developing interest to its contemporary life, including:
    • issuing and promoting of Russian speaking mass media and other information resources dealing with the preservation and promotion of the Russian Worlds values
    • making and publishing of monographs, books, albums as well as making films on the Russian World and its outstanding representatives
    • arranging of forums, conferences, round tables, and seminars dealing with the study of Russia, its history and culture and their place in the world civilization
    • arranging of thematic festivals, holidays, exhibitions, contests etc.
    • arranging other types of cultural and humanitarian studies and events

No, it is not. The project included into a grant application is only to correspond one of the spheres described in item 1.6. of the Regulations on Grants provided by the Russkiy Mir Foundation (the document is available on the Russkiy Mir website). The project goals are to correspond one of the provisions permitted by items 1.7 and 1.8. of the Regulations.
Grantseekers who are Russian residents are to give the sum of the grant they apply for in Russian rubles; Grantseekers who are the EU residents are to give the sum of the grant they apply for in euros; all the other Grantseekers are permitted to give the sum of the grant they apply for either in Russian rubles or in US dollars or in euros. The sum of the grant is transferred to the recipients bank account either in rubles, or euros or US dollars according to the grant agreement and the procedure established by the Foundation.
In order to win a grant one has to send their grant application to the Foundation within the time limits set. The grant application forms to be filled in by individual persons or juridical persons ( ) are available on the Russkiy Mir Foundation website. The application form contains the calculation of costs required for the project implementation (Appendix 1) and the time schedule of the project implementation (Appendix 2). It is necessary to enclose carbon copies of the supporting documents which checklist and content requirements for them are available on the Russkiy Mir Foundation website with the grant application form. The original of the grant application and the carbon copies of the supporting documents in paper form are to be sent to the Foundation at the following address: Russian Federation, 117218, Moscow, St. Krzhizhanovsky, 13, building 2, the Russkiy Mir Foundation with an inscription in Russian that says “Grant Application”. In addition, a grant application in MS Word format is to be sent to the Foundation electronically at grant@russkiymir.ru. Individual Grantseekers sign their grant applications themselves and juridical Grantseekers are to have their grant applications signed by the head of the organization given in the grant application that can act on behalf of the Grantseeker with full authority and sealed (if the seal of the organization is available).
If one sends their grant application to the Foundation during the period from January 1 to June 30 of the current year (spring session), the project is to start no sooner than on January 1 of the following year. If one sends their grant application to the Foundation during the period from July 1 to December 31 of the current year (fall session), the project is to start no sooner than on July 1 of the following year.

The expert councils of the Foundation make decisions on approving grant applications received by the Foundation during the spring session (January 1 – June 30) on September 30 of the current year at the latest. The expert councils of the Foundation make decisions on approving grant applications received by the Foundation during the fall session (July 1 December 31) on March 30 of the following year at the latest.

According to the checklist of the documents enclosed with the grant application form and content requirements for them (the document is available on the Russkiy Mir Foundation website), the Grantseeker is to enclose with the grant application form the carbon copies of the following documents:
1) Individual Grantseeker regardless of citizenship: passport;
2) ) Russian juridical person as Grantseeker: extract from the unified state register of legal entities dated 6 months at the latest since it was sent off to the Russkiy Mir Foundation; letter confirming that the organization is not under restructuring or dissolution;
3)Foreign juridical person as Grantseeker: extract from the state register (either administrative or judicial registration authority) dated 6 months at the latest since it was sent off to the Russkiy Mir Foundation that shall contain the following information:

    • information confirming that the Grantseeker is a juridical person;
    • Grantseekers exact long title, including its form of business ownership as consistent with its statutory documents;
    • information confirming that the Grantseeker is a nonprofit organization and representing Grantseekers statutory goals and types of activity;
    • date of the Grantseekers establishment (registration);
    • list of founders, partners and members of the Grantseeker;
    • surname, first name and patronymic and position (regulatory body) of the eligible person who can act on behalf of the Grantseeker with full authority including conclusion of contracts on behalf of the Grantseeker as well as their term of office;
    • Grantseekers exact address.

 

In case the legislation of the country in which the Grantseeker that is a foreign juridical person is registered does not provide for issue of the extract referred to in the current section or in case of lack of above mentioned information in the extract, the Grantseeker shall additionally file copies of documents containing required details to the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Depending on the lacking information contained in the extract they might be as following:

    • articles (charter, provision, statute or establishment order) of organization (or extract from them) as juridical person;
    • act of registration of a juridical person, i. e. act issued by the body of state authority (either administrative or judicial registration authority) on the state registration of the Grantseeker as a juridical person;
    • document (minutes, order) confirming the fact of election (appointment) of a person who can act on behalf of the Grantseeker with full authority including conclusion (signing) of contracts on behalf of the Grantseeker.
Grantseeker as a foreign juridical person shall enclose with the grant application form a letter signed by the head of the organization confirming that the organization is not under restructuring or dissolution. In case the grant agreement is signed not by the head of the organization but by another person representing the Grantseeker as a juridical person, a letter of authorization given to the person who can act on behalf of the Grantseeker shall be filed to the Russkiy Mir Foundation regardless of the country of its registration. Grantseekers that are foreign individual Grantseeker or foreign juridical Grantseekers shall file the documents specified in items 2 and 3 of the checklist along with their translation into the Russian language and certified by the Grantseekers signature and official seal (if available) to the Russkiy Mir Foundation. At the discretion of the Grantseeker, the grant application form can enclose the following documents:
    • letters confirming the project support by international and national professional organizations or associations, scientific institutions, non-governmental and nonprofit organizations, public control and administration authorities or educational institutions;
    • Information on the project.

 

In case the project is supposed to be financed by some other resources, the grant application form is to contain confirmation letters on the project financial support provided by other funding sources such as nonprofit or profit organizations including the exact amount of financing they provide for the project implementation.

The list of unacceptable grant applications dealing with the following projects:

    • projects by profit making organizations including nonprofit making organizations having profit making structures as its members;
    • projects that won the Foundations grants and/or received donations from the Foundation earlier but their recipients did not fulfill their obligations that were to be fulfilled according to the Foundations grant regulations relating to the truthfulness, completeness and timeliness of the reporting on the appropriate use of the received funding;
    • projects by organizations founded or registered less than a calendar year before they applied for a grant;
    • projects that are supposed to make or gain profit;
    • projects focused on financing of the activity carried out by nonprofit making organizations as well as on the covering of expenses for the renovations to their premises, assets, establishment of foundations and financing the activity of regulatory and supervisory bodies;
    • projects dealing with more than one sphere of activity mentioned in item 1.6. of the Regulations on Grants ( ) provided by the Russkiy Mir Foundation (the document is available on the Russkiy Mir Foundation website) as well as projects dealing with more than one of the directives mentioned in items 1.7. or 1.8. of the Regulations;
    • projects by individual persons that are supposed to provide the Grantseeker with pay for the project implementation and/or to cover the Grantseekers expenses for involving other individual persons into the project implementation (payment for work, travel expenses, accommodation expenses, meal expenses etc.);
    • projects focused on the publication of books, training aids, teaching aids, albums, making films or TV and radio programs or similar programs that are expected to go to the payments of honoraria using the grant funds as well as projects that are supposed to deal with the distribution or screening the materials made using the grant funds on a paid basis;
    • projects that are not expected to provide the target group with the project outcomes;
    • projects in which the grant sum is given in other currencies instead of Russian rubles, euros or US dollars;
    • projects which application form, calculation of costs and project implementation plan are not certified by the signature of the person (either the head of the organization or the Grantseeker who is an individual person) and the seal (if available) of the Grantseeker organization that is a juridical person;
    • projects which do not contain calculation of costs and project implementation plan, bank details as well as carbon copies of the supporting documents;
    • projects that do not include the original of the grant application form;
    • projects which contain the grant application form filled in in a foreign language instead of Russian;
    • projects that contain the grant application form that does not correspond the form approved by the Foundation (grant application forms supposed to be filled in by individual and juridical Grantseekers are available on the Russkiy Mir Foundation website).

No. The following expenses are not covered out of the grant fund:

    • o expenses associated with the organizations current activity (utility expenses, office expenses, buildings and facilities repair costs, administrative expenses not related to the project implementation, bank servicing expenses, office rental expenses etc.);
    • expenses associated with the purchase of buildings, facilities and other items of immovable property as well as the purchase of movable estate;
    • expenses associated with juridical persons tax payments (tax on income, profits tax, added-value tax);
    • expenses associated with the purchase of communication facilities and mobile service payments;
    • expenses associated with buying business class air tickets and railway tickets for travelling by luxurious railroad coach;
    • expenses associated with the rent of accommodation in a higher than economy category;
    • expenses associated with entertainment programs;
    • unforeseen expenses or other expenses not associated with the project implementation;
    • expenses of representation;
    • payment of prizes in monetary form including projects dealing with the publication of books, training aids, teaching aids, albums, making films or TV and radio programs or similar kind of programs that involve the payments of honoraria using the grant funds as well as expenses associated with the distribution or screening the materials made using the grant funds on a paid basis.

The Foundation does not set out the duration of granted projects it supports. The project duration is set by the Grantseeker with respect to its content. According to common practice, the average project duration is 6-12 months.

The grants are provided based on competition. With all other conditions being equal, we choose projects with more social significance and directed to achieving practical effect. During the evaluation, the Foundations experts use the following criteria:

    • Correspondence between the project and the Foundations activity, and focus areas which receive financial support;
    • Relevance, novelty and innovative approach , ability to implement projects results in the work pf education institutions, NGOs and other organizations supported by the Foundation;
    • Target audience interested in the project and its results;
    • Substantiation of the required funds;
    • Letters of support from international and national professional institutions, associations and organizations, research and development institutions, state authorities, and educational institutions.
    • Letter of support from of the financial sources of other NGOS and commercial organizations with information about the amount of funds provided for the project implementation;
    • Future prospects for the development of the project and implementation of its outcome after the funding.

An individual person Grantseeker applies for a grant independently. We do not accept application for projects of individuals where Grantseekers receive payment for implementation of projects and (or) make payments related with engaging other people in the projects (salary, accommodation, food, etc.). Grantseekers (individual person) can use help provided by special organizations (e.g. publishing, postal, informational and other services).

On time, provided by the grant agreement, the Grantseeker shall provide the Foundation with a report about the use of financial resources. The reports shall have information about the results of the projects implementation (substantial reports), as well as financial report about the use of funds supported by the copies of initial accounting documents to prove the use of funds. The report shall be done upon a form provided on the Foundations website.

Projects aimed at publishing books, learning materials, resource materials, albums, feature films, TV and radio programs can be covered by the Foundations grants prepress and printing costs during the publication process of the materials that will be in full sent to NGOs (according to the List provided by the Foundation) at no cost. Grant can be used for covering filming, montage, voice-over, permit for lease provided that the audiences agreed with the Foundation will be able to see these films free of charge. Royalty fees shall not be covered by the grant.

The Foundation provide no written or oral explanations of motives while decision making. Moreover, the Foundation does not inform Grantseekers in person that their application had been rejected. Information about application will be provided on the Foundations website (section Grants, Application status).

Information about grant applications submitted to the Foundation is given on the Foundations website (section Grants, Application status). You can search information by the name of the Grantseeker, or you can send a direct request to grant@russkiymir.ru, or call our Grant management division at the Foundation

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