From February 8, 2018, the Center for Electoral Systems Development, Reforms and Training, LEPL (hereinafter – the Training Center) is announcing a grant competition for the following directions for funding stipulated under the CEC of Georgia January 22, 2018 Ordinance N9/2018 (available in Georgian):
Competition topic for the First Direction: Young voters and civic engagement in public and political (electoral) process
Pursuant to the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, one of the priorities for the Election Administration of Georgia is civic and voter education to promote increased civic participation in electoral processes, boost engagement and informed choice by voters. For enhancing democratic awareness of voters, supporting civic education and invigoration of the new generation in public and political (electoral) process acquires special importance; this, in turn, ensures their participation in public administration. Notably, according to the results of the study performed in December, 2017, the issue of low activity of youth in October 21, 2017 Local Self-Government Elections was reflected in the report of the National-Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Caucasus Research Resources Center (CRRC).
The goal of the announcement of the Competition is to incite local NGO sector to support such important projects that envisage informing young voters and promoting raising civic engagement level in the electoral process.
To promote the enhancement of theoretical knowledge, practical skills and sharing gained experience among youth, a grant project submitted for the above-mentioned competition topic shall contain the following mandatory components:
Note with respect to mandatory components to be envisaged in the grant project:
funded NGOs will receive detailed rule of holding debate club.
Grant project duration: May 1 – August 31, 2018 (4 months)
Grant project funding scope: Not to exceed GEL 30,000 (if a project is funded, funds will be disbursed in increments, at timeframes stipulated in a contract)
Total amount for funding the First Direction: GEL 240,000
Competition topic for the Second Direction: supporting electoral capacity development of political parties
According to the results of survey conducted among the representatives of political parties participating in grant projects funded under the grant competition organized by the Training Center in 2017, the demand for continuing electoral awareness-raising and educational projects for the parties has been identified. Recommendations in the reports of international observer organizations also refer to the necessity for the enhancement of electoral capacity of stakeholders.
Considering demonstrated high interest and the Presidential elections to be held in 2018, announcing the competition is aimed at inciting the local NGO sector for implementing such important awareness-raising and training projects that will ensure promoting developing competitive political environment and developing human resources for political parties that, pursuant to legislation, will be authorized to appoint members and/or representatives at district election commissions and precinct election commissions.
Based on the goal envisaged in the competition topic, grant project submitted by an NGO shall envisage implementing training program for political parties, that comprises all modules listed below:
Through coordination with a grant competition winning NGO, in the course of the implementation of projects, contribution will be ensured from the Training Center for teaching the following modules to target groups:
Target groups of a Grant Project
to support the development of electoral capacity of human resources of political parties and promoting the development of competitive political environment, in the process of staffing target groups from among the representatives of political parties, NGO is required to meet all the requirements provided below, in particular:
Note: In case of failure to meet the above-mentioned requirements, the Commission shall make a decision on rejecting the funding to an NGO.
Keep in mind: to ensure equal conditions and proportionality, for the purposes of the competition, out of 18 qualified political parties the parties that pursuant to legislation, are authorized to appoint members at election commissions for elections (4 parties (available in Georgian)), shall be allowed to nominate two representatives of the party to target group for each district election commission active in a relevant area (see the areas below), while the remaining parties (qualified as well as unqualified) – one representative each.
Area of grant project implementation and scope of funding
For the grant project, which, for the purposes of the competition, comprises maximum number of representatives submitted by political parties (26 representatives considering each district election commission active within the are determined below 26 representatives), funding area is determined as follows:
Grant project duration: May 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018 (4 months)
Total amount of funding the second direction: GEL 1 423 500
Who is eligible to participate in the grant competition
Local non-commercial legal entities (hereinafter – NGO) registered pursuant to Georgia legislation prior to the announcing of competition are eligible to participate in the competition.
Those NGOs whose managers and/or the individuals envisaged to implement submitted grant project shall not be eligible to participate in the competition if they are either of the following: a member of the Central Election Commission of Georgia; a Head of a structural unit of the CEC Apparatus; a Head, a Deputy Head of the Training Center; Head of a structural unit of the Training Center; a member of a grant competition committee, committee secretariat and monitoring group. NGO management implies individuals having the authority to lead/represent an NGO according to an extract from the Registry of Entrepreneurs and Non-commercial Legal Entities.
Documentation to be submitted to the grant competition
To participate in the grant competition, an NGO shall submit the following documents according to the indicated rule:
Note: An NGO is authorized to submit just one grant application under the announced competition to participate in the competition.
Grant Competition commission takes a decision on dismissing competition documentation, on funding/refusal to fund an NGO, removal of competition documentation from competition. Grant competition commission takes such decisions in absentia of a representative of an NGO that has submitted the competition documentation.
Members of grant competition commission will evaluate grant projects according to the criteria stipulated in the competition documentation evaluation sheet (See Annex №2 (available in Georgian)).
Publicity of grant competition results
Bidders will be informed about competition results via e-mail notice to their e-mail. Information about NGOs funded based on the grant competition committee decision will also be posted to the CEC and the Training Center websites: www.cesko.ge; www.electionreforms.ge
Grant competition schedule
For the Grant awarding rule follow the Link (available in Georgian).
For additional information contact us: 261 21 11 (17)