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Project Title: Supporting an Independent Journal
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster a free and an informed exchange of ideas and views on important social, political, economic, and cultural issues regarding Belarus and the Euro-Atlantic world. The print edition of an independent, Belarusian-language journal will continue to be published and distributed regularly during an important election year.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $15,000
Project Title: Increasing the Capacity of Independent Media and Civil Society
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To increase the skills of independent media and civil society representatives. A data school for independent journalists and civil society activists will focus on collecting, analyzing, verifying and visualizing open-source information. Additionally, experts will hold public lectures and workshops on researching and verifying information.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $36,460
Project Title: Disseminating Independent Political News
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster freedom of information and independent media. An independent website will be maintained and expanded. It will inform the public about pressing political issues facing the country by producing daily news and information, and expand its audience, particularly among youth, through social media pages and a mobile phone app.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $35,610
Project Title: Defending Human Rights and Civic Activism
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To monitor and defend human rights. The grantee will continue to document human rights abuses and provide assistance to individuals whose rights have been violated. It will continue to operate local branches, collect and disseminate information about abuses, and publish its annual report.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $95,582
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Promoting Local Activism and Freedom of Speech
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To promote civic activism and freedom of information. A regional resource center, independent newspaper, and website for civic activists and NGOs will be maintained and developed. Citizens will be informed about government hikes in housing and public utilities tariffs, articles will be published on the topic, and meetings on successful tenant initiatives convened.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $22,720
Project Title: Expanding Freedom of Information
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To increase access to independent publications. An online library of Belarusian works on politics, human rights, civil society, history and culture, will be maintained and expanded. Electronic versions of new books and other independent publications will be added. The archive will be advertised via social media. Seminars for Belarusian authors on intellectual property rights will also be held.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $33,150
Project Title: Supporting an Independent Newspaper
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To support independent media and freedom of information. The program will continue to produce its leading independent newspaper. The publication will play an important role in informing citizens about key social, political and economic issues.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $40,020
Project Title: Developing Civil Society
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To strengthen the capacity and impact of civil society. Citizens will be assisted in resolving pressing local problems with the help of local independent organizations. Local populations will be surveyed to identify the challenges, citizens will be engaged to address them, and advocacy campaigns will be carried out. Local civic efforts will be consolidated by training and assisting civic activists.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $14,940
Project Title: Supporting Independent Culture and Civic Activism
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To foster independent culture, national identity, and civic activism. Language courses will be convened in regional cities that employ an innovative, informal education curriculum promoting civic activism, human rights, and democratic values. The courses also will feature guest lectures and performances by well-known experts, authors, and musicians. Finally, the group will conduct a series of trainings and seminars.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $48,940
Project Title: Supporting Civil Society Development in Eastern Belarus
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To assist independent civic initiatives outside of the country's capital. A network of regional resource centers will be maintained and developed, and a regional NGO bulletin will be published regularly. Local activists will be trained through a series of seminars and civil society initiatives throughout the region will be supported.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $48,000
Project Title: Supporting Independent Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To help insure the continued viability of independent print and online media. The project will continue to provide emergency support to independent media outlets whose ability to continue publishing is threatened. It will also assist in improving the sustainability of independent media.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $118,265
Project Title: Promoting Independent Regional Media in Belarus
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote the quality and viability of independent media. A productive convergence of print and online production will be encouraged by the piloting of an innovative technical assistance strategy to increase the capacity of regional media. A model for promoting greater sustainability and development of independent regional media will be created.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $50,502
Project Title: Supporting the Independent Press
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote independent media and freedom of information. An important independent newspaper's print and web editions will continue to be produced and developed. The publication's audience will be expanded and its coverage of political developments increased during an important election year. A competition for young journalists will also be held.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $32,200
Project Title: Expanding Access to Independent Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To support independent media and freedom of information. A series of pocket books will be published and calendars with information on international broadcasting into Belarus will be produced. The materials will be distributed during a series of events throughout the country. A Russian-language translation of a book on the Belarusian winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature will be published.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $60,200
Project Title: Fostering Government Accountability
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To foster government accountability and transparency. A website monitoring public procurement practices will be expanded and promoted. Workshops will be held for civil society, media, and government representatives, a policy paper prepared and published, and official consultations on the issue facilitated. Materials to raise public awareness about public procurement will be produced and disseminated.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $26,330
Project Title: Promoting Civic Activism
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To strengthen civil society in the regions. A series of seminars will be held for local civic activists and journalists, study visits to other regions organized for local leaders, and consultation visits of legal advisors facilitated for regional NGOs and civic initiatives. An office serving as a resource center and a website will be maintained.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $10,630
Project Title: Supporting an Independent Online Newspaper
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To support independent media and freedom of information. A leading independent electronic newspaper will continue to be produced regularly. Articles for its popular news and information website also will be commissioned. An increase in the number of subscribers and website visitors will be accomplished by an improved social media presence.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $25,300
Project Title: Increasing Skills of Independent Journalists
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To increase the skills of independent journalists and media managers. The project will organize a study visit program for regional journalists and media managers. The program will consist of workshops, visits to editorial offices, and tailored trainings. Participants will gain practical experience in editorial and media management, content development, production and distribution.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $44,930
Project Title: Promoting Independent Analysis
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To promote democratic ideas and values. Regular analysis will be published on an independent website, which will also serve as an aggregator of analytical texts produced by think tanks. The analysis will focus on the fall 2016 parliamentary elections, the country's deepening economic crisis, domestic reforms, and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $18,600
Project Title: Supporting Civil Society in the Regions
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To strengthen civil society and independent media at the local and regional levels. A network of regional resource centers will be assisted, a regional bulletin will be published, and public meetings that bring citizens together with civic leaders will be convened. Civil society initiatives in the regions, as well as local independent media, will be supported.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $63,620
Project Title: Fostering Free and Fair Elections
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Political Processes
Description: To foster free, fair, and transparent elections. Short-term observers will be recruited, trained, and deployed throughout the country to monitor the five-day early voting period ahead of the September 2016 parliamentary election, as well as on Election Day. Cases of election fraud will be documented, relevant complaints filed, and the public informed of electoral violations via independent media and social networks.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $45,500
Project Title: Supporting an Independent Online Newspaper
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To support independent media and freedom of information. A popular online newspaper, which serves as a free source of objective political, economic, and social information for civil society and citizens, will continue to be produced. It will post new materials, including articles and multimedia pieces, each day, with a focus on the September 2016 parliamentary elections.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $78,720
Project Title: Fostering Independent Culture and Activism
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To strengthen independent culture, civic activism, and national identity. A series of events will be held across the country, including musical performances, public lectures, workshops, and discussions on socio-cultural topics. Other program activities include traveling exhibitions, a youth educational seminar, a competition for cultural initiatives, and the expansion of a website.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $53,020
Project Title: Protecting, Assisting and Strengthening Belarusian NGOs
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To reduce the legal challenges facing Belarusian NGOs. Belarusian nongovernmental organizations seeking to register legally in and operate from a neighboring country will be assisted and provided with administrative and organizational assistance. A series of consultations and trainings also will be held. Workshops will be held to raise public awareness.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $18,390
Project Title: Supporting Local Media and Civic Initiatives
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To support civil society at the local and regional levels. Citizens will be provided with objective news and information, and civic initiatives will be fostered ahead of and after the September 2016 parliamentary elections. A series of independent bulletins will be produced and disseminated, and informational websites maintained, at the local level.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $27,010
Project Title: Increasing the Skills of Independent Journalists
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To increase the skills of independent journalists. A school of analytical journalism will be convened for young reporters, who will be trained by well-known Belarusian and international media experts. A series of articles focusing on needed reforms will be published, and study sessions and study visits abroad will be organized.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $32,908
Project Title: Fostering Freedom of the Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To protect freedom of information and support independent media. Media freedom across the country will be tracked, media rights violations will be documented and information about them disseminated widely, and local journalists and media outlets will be supported. The media's coverage of the September 2016 parliamentary elections will be monitored and assessed.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $72,220
Project Title: Expanding New Media News and Information Sources
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster independent media and freedom of information. Objective news and information focusing on a local, regional, and national level will be provided by an online media resource. A leading regional website will be maintained, upgraded, and promoted to inform citizens on political and economic developments during an important election year.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $15,720
Project Title: Promoting Youth Activism through Independent Culture
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To promote youth activism and independent culture. A series of cultural events, meetings with prominent figures, lectures, readings, seminars, and other independent activities will be held for youth in Minsk and the country's regions. Activities supporting youth activism and promoting Belarusian language and culture will be assisted, and a website maintained and expanded.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $38,800
Project Title: Supporting a Leading Independent Media Outlet
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster independent media and freedom of information. A leading independent newspaper will continue to be produced and distributed on a weekly basis. An online edition of the print newspaper will be maintained and developed. Around the country's September 2016 parliamentary elections, the publications' content and audiences will be expanded.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $70,920
Project Title: Supporting Independent Online Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster independent media and freedom of information. An independent, online newspaper will continue to be produced. The website, one of the country's leading sources of objective news and information, will be expanded. The publication will provide political, economic, and cultural news, and analysis around the September 2016 parliamentary elections.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $54,540
Project Title: Better Understanding Public Attitudes and Opinions
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To monitor, better understand, and highlight citizens' views on key social, political, and economic topics. A series of national public opinion polls will be conducted around the country's September 2016 parliamentary elections. The findings and related analysis will be disseminated widely through a bulletin, independent media, and series of public presentations.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $23,260
Project Title: Promoting Government Accountability through Civic Engagement
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To increase civic awareness and engagement in improving government accountability. An online portal, which allows citizens to appeal to state bodies and voice public concerns on pressing issues, will be maintained, developed, and expanded. The website will be publicized through workshop presentations, press briefings, social media pages, and promotional leaflets.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $17,230
Project Title: Fostering Civic and Democratic Education
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To promote civic and democratic education. Belarusian youth will be educated through western-style curricula and teaching methods. Young people will study courses focusing on civics, history, economics, law, politics, and human rights. Workshops bringing together young people and teachers to exchange experiences and best practices in learning.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $35,160
Project Title: Supporting an Information Website
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster independent media and freedom of information. One of the country's most popular regional news and information outlets will continue to maintained and developed. The independent online publication's content on regional and national developments will be expanded in order to better inform citizens ahead of the country's September 2016 parliamentary elections.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $20,300
Project Title: Supporting Independent Online Media and Strengthening Public Debate
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster freedom of information. Underrepresented young Belarusian intellectuals in public discussion forums will be provided with an online outlet that will increase their presence. Fact-checking and data-driven journalism, as well as multimedia tools and infographics, will be employed to inform citizens about, as well as elevate the level of public debate on, key developments during an election year. A series of public debates will also be held to engage new activists and generate new ideas.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $17,410
Project Title: Strengthening Regional Youth Initiatives
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To increase the capacity and civic activities of youth initiatives. Regional youth activists, initiatives, and organizations will be assisted. A website will be maintained, a regional network expanded, a training to strengthen engagement and volunteerism convened, regional development supported, and a civic networking event held.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $29,400
Project Title: Supporting Independent Online Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster independent media and freedom of information. An interactive blogging and discussion platform will be maintained and enhanced on a popular, youth-oriented website. Young, urban residents will be engaged in debates on the country's dire social, political, and economic problems, and how to address them by reforming key sectors.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $28,360
Project Title: Fostering Local Activism
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To foster civic activism at the local level. Communities will be assisted in increasing their influence over the decision-making processes of local governments through a series of information and advocacy campaigns. Local initiatives will be supported in defending and advancing their rights and interests through consultations, trainings, public meetings and appeals, a website, and a handbook.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $27,710
Project Title: Strengthening and Defending Independent Online Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster freedom of information and the Internet. Independent news and information websites will be supported and safeguarded. Secure, reliable hosting and technical support will be provided. New websites will be developed and existing sites redesigned. A series of trainings and consultations for media professionals and outlets will be conducted.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $35,450
Project Title: Better Understanding Public Attitudes and Opinions
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To monitor and better understand public views on key social, political, and economic developments. Citizens' opinions will be tracked, documented, and studied ahead of and after the country's September 2016 parliamentary elections. The results and accompanying analysis will be disseminated through print and electronic publications, a website, and independent media.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $43,270
Project Title: Strengthening Civil Society and Citizen Engagement in Belarus
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To strengthen civic engagement and promote government accountability. A successful electronic petition platform that assists civil society and citizens in conducting advocacy campaigns will be maintained and expanded. A series of roundtable discussions and events to identify priorities, formulate strategies, present results, and plan future advocacy campaigns will be held.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $12,000
Project Title: Increasing Access to Independent Information
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To expand independent media and freedom of information. A new media portal and mobile applications to provide citizens with objective information on local and national developments will be launched in an important election year. The portal will publish original content, as well as electronic editions of local independent newspapers. A series of journalism trainings and roundtable discussions also will be held.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $40,145
Project Title: Developing Civil Society
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To increase the capacity, outreach, and impact of local civic initiatives. A series of meetings, trainings, and seminars designed to increase the effectiveness of regional nongovernmental organizations, mobilize new activists, and support civic campaigns targeting local issues will be convened. Two independent bulletins also will be produced and disseminated monthly.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $44,100
Project Title: Increasing the Impact of the Belarusian Third Sector
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To build the capacity and outreach of regional civil society organizations. A series of planning and assessment meetings, as well as targeted trainings, will be held to enhance the work of local and regional initiatives. The initiatives will foster local activism and engage the public around the country's September 2016 parliamentary elections.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $50,050
Project Title: Engaging and Educating Citizens and New Civic Activists
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Political Processes
Description: To inform, educate, and engage citizens. Young activists will be identified and engaged in regional civic initiatives ahead of the September 2016 parliamentary elections. Promising youth will be selected to attend an activists' school. A package of draft reforms targeting key sectors also will be prepared and disseminated through publications and a website to inform citizens about pressing political, economic, and social issues.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $54,470
Project Title: Providing More Effective Assistance to Civil Society
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To foster coordination and enhance the effectiveness of implementer and assistance programs working with Belarusian civil society organizations. An international group of supporters and implementers that meets regularly to improve assistance strategies for Belarus will be convened in a neighboring country following a series of in-depth preparatory and follow-up activities.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $52,710
Project Title: Fostering Local Civil Society
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To foster civil society. Legal aid and education will be provided to the local population, and citizens engaged in identifying and addressing pressing local issues ahead of and after the September 2016 parliamentary elections. A conference, roundtables, and an educational seminar will be held. The public will be informed through a website, social networks, local independent media, leaflets, and booklets.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $22,570
Project Title: Promoting Civic Journalism
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote civic engagement and freedom of information. A series of civic journalism training courses will be organized. Young people will be provided with basic journalism skills, including both theoretical and practical components. A more advanced topic, such as data journalism, visualization, as well as video, photo and audio production, will be offered. A series of e-publications and a website will be maintained.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $39,760
Project Title: Supporting Independent Regional Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote independent media and freedom of information in the country's regions. The social network presence, regional reach, news content, and audience of a leading regional website will be increased. The independent outlet's blogging platform also will be maintained and expanded to provide greater information during an important election year.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $29,040
Project Title: Increasing Citizen Outreach
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Strengthening Political Institutions
Description: To help democratic political parties and movements attract new supporters and deepen their engagement with citizens between elections. Belarusian political parties will be advised on developing citizen outreach plans, including constituent relations, meetings with activists, and door-to-door campaigns. Party leaders and activists will be assisted in engaging more effectively with current and prospective supporters.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $207,000
Project Title: Supporting an Independent Online Newspaper
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To support freedom of information. A popular online daily newspaper will continue to be produced. The publication serves as a free source of objective political, economic, and social information for civil society and ordinary citizens. Each day, approximately 100 news items, including articles and multimedia pieces with a focus on the 2018 local elections, will be posted.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $41,140
Project Title: Fostering Freedom of the Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To protect and support independent media. Freedom of information will be monitored regularly through a network of regional observers. This project will document and disseminate information about violations, and provide assistance to local journalists and media outlets. Several press club meetings will raise awareness of the monitoring results. A quarterly e-newsletter and an annual report on the state of Belarusian independent media will be published and disseminated.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $35,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Promoting Civic Journalism in Western Belarus
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote civic engagement and freedom of information. A series of civic journalism training courses for local activists will provide young people with basic journalism skills, including both theoretical and practical components. A more advanced course on data journalism and visualization, as well as video, photo, and audio production will also be offered. Finally, an online newspaper will be further developed and events that promote civic engagement on local issues will be organized.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $30,740
Project Title: Defending Human Rights and Civic Activism
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To monitor and defend human rights. The grantee will continue to document human rights abuses and provide assistance to individuals whose rights have been violated. It will continue to operate local branches, collect and disseminate information about abuses, and publish its annual report.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $40,000
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Supporting Civil Society Development in Eastern Belarus
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To assist independent civic initiatives. A network of resource centers serving regional civil society will continue to be operated, and a regional NGO bulletin will continue to be published regularly. A series of seminars for local activists will be convened, and assistance for regional civil society initiatives will be provided.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $48,000
Project Title: Supporting Independent Culture and Civic Activism
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To foster independent culture, national identity, and civic activism. Courses utilizing an innovative informal education curriculum will be held in ten cities across the country. The course will encourage national identity and promote civic activism, human rights, and democratic values. Guest lectures and performances will feature well-known independent experts, authors, and musicians.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $49,870
Project Title: Expanding Freedom of Information and the Internet
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To expand freedom of information and the Internet. An online library of Belarusian works on politics, civil society, history, and culture not readily accessible in Belarus will be maintained and expanded. News about important socio-political developments will be provided. The portal will be promoted via social media and its digital security improved. Independent newspapers and NGOs will be assisted in bypassing the state's restrictions on the Belarusian Internet by republishing their materials on a secure and accessible platform.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $39,168
Project Title: Supporting Independent Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To ensure the continued viability of independent media. A stability mechanism will continue providing timely assistance to media outlets, whose ability to continue publishing and informing the country's citizens about important news and developments is threatened. Improvements in the sustainability of independent media will also be promoted through this mechanism.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $190,000
Project Title: Supporting Civil Society in the Regions
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To strengthen civil society and independent media at the local and regional levels. A network of regional resource centers will be assisted, a regional bulletin published, and local public meetings that bring citizens together with civic leaders will be convened. Local civil society initiatives and independent media outlets will be supported.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $39,900
Project Title: Defending Human Rights and Civic Activism
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To monitor, defend, and raise awareness of human rights. Human rights abuses will be tracked and legal assistance provided to individuals whose rights have been violated. Victims of repression from peaceful protests will be assisted, and information about human rights abuses will continue to be collected, documented, and disseminated.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $89,040
Project Title: Increasing the Capacity of Independent Media and Civil Society
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To increase the skills of independent media and civil society in using open data research and verification. A data school for independent journalists and civil society representatives will focus on collecting, analyzing, verifying, and visualizing open-source information. Additionally, a new program devoted to training teams of investigative journalists will be launched.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $33,530
Project Title: Supporting Independent Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote freedom of information and the sustainability of independent media. An innovative viability and audience-growth strategy will be piloted by leading independent publications through a merger of operations. While continuing to be published as separate entities, office space and administrative costs will be shared, and active and exclusive co-branding, cross-promotion, and content sharing will be undertaken, offering a new model for greater sustainability and cooperative development for independent media.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $77,500
Project Title: Promoting Citizen Engagement
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To foster civic initiatives. A series of civic campaigns and roundtables on local quality of life issues, cultural and historical topics, and political accountability initiatives will be convened. Additional activities include publishing and disseminating a bimonthly bulletin and a brochure on local history, maintaining and upgrading a website, and organizing roundtables to increase local civic engagement.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $14,700
Project Title: Supporting a Leading Independent Media Outlet
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster freedom of information. Project activities will include the production and distribution of a leading independent newspaper. The content of the publication's online edition will be expanded and its audience increased to libraries, schools, hospitals, and other public places.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $70,030
Project Title: Supporting Independent Regional Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote freedom of information. The content, audience, and regional reach of an independent outlet will be expanded, along with the social network presence of its website. A blogging platform and citizen journalism activities will be developed further, thereby providing regional populations with greater access to independent news and information.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $30,000
Project Title: Supporting Independent Online Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster freedom of information and promote public debate. An interactive blogging and discussion platform will further engage young, educated, urban elites in discussing the country's social, political, and economic conditions. The production of quality content and an improved and optimized discussion interface will build an active, reform-minded community. Additional activities will include regular roundtables and in-depth interviews with reformers from neighboring states.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $35,000
Project Title: Fostering Freedom of the Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To protect and support independent media. Freedom of information will be monitored regularly through a network of regional observers. This project will document and disseminate information about violations, and provide assistance to local journalists and media outlets. Several press club meetings will raise awareness of the monitoring results. A quarterly e-newsletter and an annual report on the state of Belarusian independent media will be published and disseminated.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $79,200
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Supporting Local Media and Civic Initiatives
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To support local and regional civil society and independent media initiatives. Project activities will include informing citizens and fostering civic initiatives; producing and disseminating a series of independent print bulletins on a regular basis; and maintaining and expanding a number of news and information websites.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $27,350
Project Title: Supporting Independent Online Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster freedom of information. An independent online newspaper will continue to be produced and expanded. Improvements to the newspaper's website will broaden audiences and serve as a viable counterweight to disinformation and propaganda. Additional information visualization tools, accessible news formats, and the launching of a new section will spark discussion on breaking developments and trends.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $21,800
Project Title: Broadening Understanding of National Security Issues
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To increase access to independent information and analysis on national and regional security issues. A website specializing in this field will be maintained and upgraded, and the quality of its content will be elevated, thereby broadening the publication's audience and expert networks. Unique research, as well as analytical and multimedia materials, will continue to be produced. As well, a conference on issues germane to national and regional security will be convened.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $15,164
Project Title: Fostering Public Debate on Democratic Values
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To promote public debate on democratic ideas and values. A series of public meetings featuring leading intellectuals from Russia, Ukraine, and Central and Eastern Europe will be organized, and will include transcriptions and recordings of the lectures. The dissemination of the resulting materials via a dedicated website and leading online news outlets will promote further discussions.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $39,660
Project Title: Promoting Independent Analysis
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To promote democratic ideas and values. Original analysis on a number of important topics, including political and geostrategic developments, government reforms, and other key trends, will be produced on a regular basis. The materials will be published and disseminated via an independent website, which also will serve as an aggregator of other important analytical texts.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $34,960
Project Title: Strengthening and Defending Independent Online Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster freedom of information and the Internet. Project activities will include supporting and safeguarding independent news and information websites; providing secure, reliable hosting and technical support; developing new sites; and redesigning a number of portals. A series of trainings, as well as legal and tax consultations, will be provided.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $50,655
Project Title: Fostering Free and Fair Elections
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Political Processes
Description: To foster free and fair elections. Nonpartisan materials will be developed to educate citizens about electoral rights and independent election monitoring. Pressing local issues also will be identified and used to engage activists and citizens. As well, observers will be trained and deployed to monitor the early voting period. The initiative's publications and findings will be disseminated via a website, regional activists, and social media.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $44,610
Project Title: Developing Capacity for Regional Outreach
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Strengthening Political Institutions
Description: To foster freer and fairer political processes. The communications structures of pro-democratic forces will be improved and strengthened so that they can present effectively a pro-reform alternative to the country's general population. Local public outreach efforts will be strengthened and new leaders will be empowered within the framework of each organization's development plans.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $245,000
Project Title: Promoting Youth Activism through Independent Culture
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To promote youth activism and independent culture. A series of independent civic activities, including cultural events, meetings with prominent figures, lectures, and trainings will take place throughout the country. A number of presentations in the regions and innovative initiatives will promote youth activism and Belarusian language and culture. A website will also be maintained.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $39,900
Project Title: Fostering Youth Civic Activism in Brest Region
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To foster youth civic activism. A training on volunteer management for local NGOs will be held and a series of seminars will recruit youth interested in volunteering. A market of ideas and a volunteer fair for graduates of the trainings will be organized. Additionally, a mobile application will facilitate civic engagement, and leaflets on volunteerism and other promotional materials will promote youth activism.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $25,000
Project Title: Increasing the Impact of Belarus' Third Sector
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To build the capacity of regional civil society groups. Project activities will include several assessment meetings and targeted trainings, assistance to civic initiatives, a study visit for civic activists, a final meeting for civil society representatives, and an advocacy visit to the EU.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $47,460
Project Title: Developing Civil Society in the Gomel Region
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To increase civic initiatives. NGO coordination meetings will identify local problems and develop joint civic and advocacy strategies to address them. Additionally, experts, civic activists, and citizens will attend town hall meetings to press local authorities to resolve key local issues. Civic campaigns will aim to recruit new activists. Finally, news bulletins will be produced and disseminated.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $44,700
Project Title: Promoting Accountability through Civic Engagement
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To support civic engagement in improving government accountability. Maintaining and promoting a portal will allow citizens to file appeals on pressing civic issues to state bodies. The website and its accountability campaigns will be publicized through public presentations, press briefings, social media, and promotional advertising. A guidebook on using petitions for effective advocacy also will be produced.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $20,000
Project Title: Supporting Local Initiatives in Bobruisk
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To support independent media and promote civic engagement. An expanded version of an independent web portal will report on important and objective local and national news. Project activities will include the continued maintenance of a successful public reception center and a series of discussion club meetings and cultural events for youth.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $16,000
Project Title: Strengthening Public Debate on Reforms
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To foster public debate on reforms. A series of activities will strengthen the presence and impact of pro-reform young intellectuals in online forums. A conference on political and economic reforms and fact-checking, viral multimedia tools, and infographics will inform citizens and elevate public debate. A package of proposed reforms will be compiled and disseminated. Social media networks and an expanded webpage will further increase outreach.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $20,000
Project Title: Expanding Access to Independent Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To expand freedom of information. A series of pocket books on pro-democracy topics and a brochure featuring the times and frequencies of all international broadcasting into Belarus will be produced. A compilation of interviews with the 2015 Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich will be reissued. The project's publications will be distributed through a series of public events.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $48,780
Project Title: Fostering Civic and Democratic Education
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To promote civic and democratic education. Western-style curricula on civics, history, economics, law, politics, and human rights, as well as modern teaching methods, will educate approximately 80 students. Students and teachers in three cities will come together through workshops to exchange experiences and best practices in civic education and democratic learning.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $33,586
Project Title: Strengthening Civil Society in Mahiliou
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To strengthen the capacity of civil society. Engaging activists and citizens will help address local problems and quality of life issues. Surveying local residents will identify pressing issues and public and online discussions will bring together citizens and experts. Additional activities include trainings, workshops, and publishing an informational booklet.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $15,950
Project Title: Expanding New Media News and Information
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster freedom of information. National and regional news and information will be provided via a leading independent website. At least 100 monthly articles on key developments will be produced, a forum for local civil society provided, and new sections launched. As well, an election monitoring platform will be upgraded and promoted.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $20,930
Project Title: Providing More Effective Assistance to Civil Society in Belarus
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To foster coordination and enhance the effectiveness of assistance programs to civil society. The 2017 Belarus International Implementers Meeting (BIIM) will take place outside of the country. A report on the state of Belarus' key sectoral reforms will be compiled and presented at the gathering. Up to 50 international donor and civil society representatives will come together for the one-day event.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $28,035
Project Title: Disseminating Independent Political News
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To provide access to independent political news. The public will be informed about pressing developments via an independent website. To increase readership and provide a counterweight to Belarusian and Russian state propaganda, the site and its content will continue to be developed. Additionally, accessible news formats will be added and new sections with interactive features will be launched. The portal's social media presence and outreach will be expanded.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $24,920
Project Title: Increasing Digital Security
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To increase the digital security capacity of civil society. A training program will be organized for NGOs, journalists, and civic activists operating in the country. In coordination with regional experts, digital security audits of participating initiatives will be conducted. A conference will be hosted for digital security experts to promote knowledge sharing. Professional development for trainers and experts also will be provided.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $49,979
Project Title: Strengthening Civil Society
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To strengthen the capacity of local civil society by engaging activists and citizens in addressing local problems and quality of life issues. Project activities will include surveying the local population to identify pressing issues, publishing the findings, and holding public and online meetings with citizens and experts to discuss them. The project will also organize trainings and workshops to enhance civic activism projects.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $17,930
Project Title: Strengthening Citizen Engagement
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To strengthen civic engagement and promote government accountability. The project will use a virtual platform to assist civil society and citizens in organizing and carrying out advocacy campaigns. It will also convene roundtable discussions with civil society organizations to identify areas for reform and advocacy, organize a seminar for independent media on advocacy campaigns, and share successful campaign examples at a closing conference. The project will increase public understanding of governance.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $12,000
Project Title: Strengthening and Defending Independent Online Media
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster freedom of information and the Internet. Project activities will support and safeguard independent news and information websites by providing secure, reliable hosting and technical support. Trainings and webinars will present information on digital security, legal compliance, sustainable media marketing, and intellectual property laws. The program will also provide consultations for media outlets.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $47,630
Project Title: Supporting a Leading Independent Media Outlet
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster independent media and freedom of information. The project will maintain and further develop an online edition that provides timely coverage of key social, political, and economic developments in Belarus and abroad. The independent publication will expand its content and increase its audience by boosting its presence on social media networks.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $59,400
Project Title: Supporting Civil Society in the Regions
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To strengthen civil society and independent media at the local and regional levels. The program will assist regional civil society centers and support and coordinate local civic initiatives, including meetings that bring individuals and communities together. It will also publish and disseminate independent information through online outlets and print bulletins.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $38,030
Project Title: Supporting Civil Society
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To enhance independent civic initiatives. The project will assist a network of resource centers that supports regional civil society and publishes a regional bulletin. It will also foster nascent and existing civil society initiatives through trainings and other activities. The network will also serve as a hub and incubator for smaller local organizations.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $33,000
Project Title: Supporting Civic Engagement
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To foster civic activism and public engagement. Project activities will include trainings on volunteering and outreach and master classes led by international experts in civic engagement. The program will engage local NGOs, businesses, and government officials to develop new methodologies for strengthening informal civic education, public engagement, and volunteerism. Finally, participants will organize public events to inspire civic engagement around pressing local and national issues.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $31,100
Project Title: Supporting an Independent Online Newspaper
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To support freedom of information. Project activities will include producing a daily online newspaper, which serves as a free source of objective political, economic, and social information. The publication will produce and post about 100 news items each day, including articles and multimedia pieces, with a focus on the activities of civil society. Other domestic and international organizations and media outlets often repost and use the content.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $40,140
Project Title: Supporting an Independent Newspaper
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To support independent media and freedom of information. The project will assist a leading independent publication, which plays an important role in objectively informing citizens about key social, political, civic and economic issues, fostering civic discussion about the impact of political and economic reforms, and raising awareness about independent civic initiatives throughout the country.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $40,000
Project Title: Strengthening Public Debate on Reforms
Project Region: Europe
Project Country: Belarus
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To foster public debate on reforms. The project will promote young, pro-reform experts publishing analysis in online forums, and produce a series of articles, reports, and videos on key reform ideas. To reach a broader audience, the program's online publication will expand its social media presence. Finally, the project will organize a conference and expand reform discourse to the country's regions.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $22,753
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