ICNL: Proposals Call for Protecting Civic Space in Eurasia in COVID-19
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals for grants as part of its project to counter COVID-inspired restrictions on civic freedoms and protect civic space during the pandemic.
In this context, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks to support civil society organizations (CSOs) registered in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan to carry out short-term, high-impact activities to protect civic space and resist restrictive governmental responses to COVID-19.
Proposals may seek to support civic space during the COVID-19 pandemic by addressing topics including, but not limited to, improving procedures for online consultations and public participation on draft legislative initiatives; strengthening regulation of the collection, storage, and use of personal data through use of artificial intelligence; and improving incentives and benefits for civil society during a pandemic or other public health emergency.
The applicant may select from a broad range of activities designed to achieve the grant’s objective, including, but not limited to:
Monitoring implementation of COVID-19 regulations and legislation affecting CSOs; developing legal analyses, white papers, and policy briefs; and proposing legal and policy recommendations to protect civic space.
Developing new tools, strategies, activities, and alliances to advocate for greater protections of fundamental freedoms in responses to COVID-19.
Conducting roundtables, seminars, or informational campaigns to raise awareness on specific topics related to civic space constraints during COVID-19.
Grants of up to $7000 are available for projects meeting the criteria
The activity funded by each grant is expected to last approximately two months.
Open to any noncommercial organization registered in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Ukraine, or Azerbaijan.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following factors:
Compliance with eligibility requirements and application procedures.
Demonstrated commitment of the applicant to improving civic space.
Quality of proposed project, including the project’s innovations, the proposed
methodology/design, and feasibility of the project (e.g., activities are targeted to
achieve stated results, and anticipated results are realistic and attainable).
Likelihood that the proposed project will enhance civic space.
Proposed budget and value for money.
Inclusion of reasonable indicators to measure project success.
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