Социальные инновации в Центральной Азии.
Уведомление о возможности финансирования.In-Kind Grants
Eurasia Foundation (EF) announces a call for applications for In-Kind Grants, an open
competition for funding under Social Innovation in Central Asia (SICA). SICA is a five-year
program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and
implemented by EF. The goal of the program is to cultivate a vibrant and responsive civil
society in Central Asia.
The purpose of In-Kind Grants (IKG) is to enable civic activists and non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) registered in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to
respond to unanticipated opportunities for civil society by providing resources not widely
available to members of the civil sector. IKGs will provide materials and services to address
needs identified by individuals and organizations that will contribute to the development of
civil society in Central Asia.
In-Kind Grants are designed to provide in-kind assistance to individuals or organizations to
support unexpected interventions in diverse areas, which may include projects like, but not
• Expert consultancies and training on pressing issues such as compliance of domestic
legislation with international laws and multilateral commitments
• Consultations on enabling laws and policies and create mechanisms that facilitate
cooperation between CSOs and government
• Conduct intersectoral consultations with governmental bodies dealing with specific
issues as well as on mechanisms and laws regulating civil society financing and
• Information campaigns (e.g., creation of videos, SMM promotion) on threats to
freedom of expression, compliance of domestic legislation with international laws and
multilateral commitments and protection of the rights and legitimate interests of
citizens on education, the environmental and other socially significant themes
• Technology training for civil society actors so that they can participate meaningfully in
the development of policies that affect the sector and advocate for their civil rights and
• Use of new technologies that protect fundamental freedoms and create an enabling
environment for civil society, including IT equipment and recovery (e.g., software and
hardware), IT security systems (including access to VPN services) and secure Internet
access (for a finite period)
IKGs are awarded through a merit-based competition open to independent non-governmental
organizations with registration in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and
Uzbekistan. International NGOs with branch offices are not eligible to apply.
Individuals are also eligible to apply. Individual applicants must clearly explain their
connection to the civil society sector in their applications, highlighting experience such as
support for NGOs, previous policy analysis and advocacy, or community volunteerism. When
applicable, EF encourages individuals to apply in partnership with a likeminded registered
NGO to facilitate project implementation.
USE OF FUNDS
Funding amounts for In-Kind Grants will be provided for goods and services valued up to
5,000 USD (including all related taxes). Applicants must specify the purpose and funding
amount requested in their applications (see below). EF highly encourages applicants not to
simply request the maximum amount, but rather to correlate the requested funds with real
In-Kind Grants will be exclusively non-monetary. EF will conduct direct procurement of the
requested goods and services on behalf of approved beneficiaries at its own discretion (not
more than two provisions for one application). To deliver IKGs, EF will ask beneficiaries to
sign bilateral (EF and beneficiary) or three-party (EF, beneficiary and vendor) agreements. In
case of travel grants, EF will use a reimbursement basis subject to provision of all supportive
documents according to local legislation.
Beneficiaries are expected to report on the use of equipment and/or other assistance procured
for the beneficiary through an IKG and its impact no later than six months after the IKG is
Funding may not be used for certain expenses, such as construction, the purchase of real estate,
the purchase of alcoholic beverages, entertainment costs, business or first-class travel or the
repayment of debts, and salaries. Requests for equipment must include reasonable maintenance
costs as detailed in the equipment specification. Any maintenance that extends beyond that
parameter will not be granted.
Applicants must provide an estimate of the costs of procuring the requested goods and/or
services. This estimate must be submitted in USD and supported with proper documentation
– a list of recommended vendors, quoted prices and (for services) detailed scope of work of
services requested (see below). Payments will be made in the currency agreed upon in direct
negotiation with the vendor.
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. Preference
will be given to the most relevant applications corresponding to the key areas of the IKG.
The selection process is open and competitive, and applications will be scored using the
1. Importance and relevance of the problem to civil society development in Central Asia
2. Clarity of the description of how the proposed IKG will address the stated problem(s)
and achieve the stated goal
3. Relevance of applicant background to the development of civil society in Central Asia
4. Reasonableness of proposed costs and quality of proposed vendors
APPLICATION EVALUATION CRITERIA
Interested applicants must submit their applications through the EF Grant Management System
All applicants will be informed of the selection decision in writing.
Any questions concerning IKGs should be submitted in writing to [email protected]