2011 Press Releases
U.S. Embassy Small Grants Program 2012
The U.S. Embassy Small Grants Program is pleased to announce the 2012 grant proposal competition for registered Belarusian non-governmental non-profit organizations. Eligible projects endorse civic dialogue, public advocacy, social development and strengthening of local communities, local self-government, integration of underserviced groups of the population, gender equality, market reforms and preservation of cultural and natural heritage, as well as environmental and post-Chernobyl issues.
In 2011, the U.S. Embassy Small Grants Program awarded 29 grants to Belarusian NGOs operating in all regions of Belarus with the total funding of $600,000. These projects included youth educational programs on social activism and volunteerism in various spheres: preventing child abuse, preservation of cultural and historical heritage, protection of local environment as well as developing youth entrepreneurship opportunities and promoting artistic creativity of young people. The supported projects contributed to uniting efforts of non-governmental and governmental organizations in providing legal aid to vulnerable groups of the population and promoted cross sector partnership between businesses, NGOs and governmental organizations in serving society. The funded initiatives created opportunities for small business development by spreading credit cooperation ideas and educating rural communities on eco-tourism potential; contributed to self-government development and local community activism. The supported projects introduced innovative programs on the integration of the disabled into the society as well as domestic violence and HIV/AIDs prevention and pursued national historical, cultural and natural legacy preservation.