From February 6, 2020 the Centre of Electoral Systems Development, Reform and Training (hereinafter – the Training Center) is announcing the grant contest for the following directions determined under the Central Election Commission of Georgia (hereinafter – the CEC) January 29, 2020 Ordinance N 3/2020 (available in Georgian):
The implementation of electoral awareness-raising initiatives by the CEC and the Training Center, as well as studies conducted by various organizations, or recommendations included in the reports of observer missions over the past years (e.g., final report of OSCE Election Observation Mission, the President of Georgia Elections, October 28, 2028) prove the importance and necessity of regular implementation of awareness-raising and training programs toward supporting awareness of citizens and the enhancement of electoral capacity of stakeholders.
Considering the above-mentioned circumstances, the announcement of the contest is aimed at incentivizing the local NGO sector towards implementing the projects that will be directed at the enhancement of electoral capacity of political parties - stakeholders involved in the strengthening of competitive electoral environment, and at raising electoral civic awareness of young voters.
Contest topics under the first direction – support the development of electoral capacity of political parties
a) program part
The demand for continuing electoral awareness-raising and training projects for the parties has been identified as a result of the survey among the representatives of political parties who participated in grant projects funded under the grant contests organized by the Training Center. Given the expressed high interest and the Parliament of Georgia election scheduled for 2020, announcing a contest is aimed at incentivizing local NGO sector for the implementation of such important awareness-raising and training projects that ensure strengthening of human resources for political parties who, according to the legislation, will be authorized by the time of elections to appoint members and/or representatives at district election commissions and precinct election commissions.
Based on the objective set out under the contest topics, a project proposal submitted by an NGO shall envisage the implementation of awareness-raising and training program for political parties that should comprise all of the modules listed below:
In coordination with a winning NGO, the Training Center will provide contribution during the project implementation by teaching the following modules to target groups:
b) beneficiaries of the grant project:
To support the development of electoral capacity of human resources of political parties and the development of competitive political environment, in the process of staffing target groups with the representatives of political parties, an NGO shall meet all the requirements provided below, in particular
Note: In case of failure to meet the above-mentioned requirements, the Committee takes a decision on refusal to fund an NGO.
Please note that: to ensure equal conditions and proportionality, out of 19 qualified parties for the purposes of contest those parties who, according to legislation, are authorized to appoint members in election commissions for election (4 parties (available in Georgian)), shall be allowed to nominate in a target group two representatives of a party in relation to each DEC in a relevant area (see below), while the remaining parties (qualified, as well as unqualified parties) – will be able to nominate one representative each.
c) the area of grant projects implementation and the limit of funding
For a grant project that envisages maximum number of representatives nominated by political parties (27 representatives within the area provided below per DEC), the limit of funding is set as follows:
d) grant project duration: May 1 – July 31, 2020 (3 months)
e) Total amount of funding of projects under the first direction: GEL 1,478,250
Contest topic under the second direction – young voters in the electoral process
a) program part:
A grant project submitted under the second direction of the contest topic shall envisage the implementation of awareness-raising/training program for young voters, and it is advisable for the program to envisage informing beneficiaries around the following topics:
It is important that the awareness-raising and training programs implemented as part of the project are modelled, training materials are developed and training methodology is selected and used according to age and interests of young voters.
b) grant project beneficiaries:
Beneficiaries who will be covered under the grant project may include young voters’ group in general, or it may be focused on any of the specific target groups listed below:
It is desirable to form the target group in consideration of gender aspects.
c) grant project duration:May 1 – June 30, 2020 (2 months)
d) Limits of grant project funding: GEL 30,000
e) Total amount of funding of projects under the second direction: GEL 270,000
Who is eligible to take part in the grant contest:
Local non-commercial legal entities (hereinafter – NGO) registered pursuant to Georgia legislation prior to 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:
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 (Annex N2 (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 contest schedule:
For the Rules for Awarding Grants, follow the Link
For additional information contact us at: 261 21 11 (17)