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October 20, 2021 12:03 pm

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Most often, projects are aimed at supporting people with disabilities, as well as large and foster families.

The acceptance of applications for participation in the Moscow is a good city grant competition has ended. This year, 506 non-profit organizations (NPOs) applied for them. Winners will be announced on November 30th. This was reported by Alexandra Alexandrova, first deputy head of the capital Department of Labor and Social Protection of the Population.

“It was important for us that as many socially oriented NGOs as possible could submit their projects to the Moscow is a Good City competition and receive funding for their implementation. Our interaction and work with them expand the city’s capabilities within the framework of targeted support for Muscovites. This year the competition has become more accessible, as we have improved the conditions for its holding. The result was 506 applications for grant support, ”she said.

The demanded directions of the competition are support for people with disabilities, as well as support for large and foster families. This year, 142 and 104 applications were submitted for the implementation of such projects, respectively. The rest of the applications concerned assistance to people excluded from society (homeless people, ex-prisoners and others), the development of systemic volunteering and a culture of charity, the creation and promotion of a knowledge base of a non-governmental system of assistance to people, the prevention of socially dangerous diseases, the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and support of citizens in connection with restrictive measures due to the spread of the coronavirus.

To begin with, all NGOs that have submitted an application will undergo a formal examination, and if they meet the requirements for participants in the competition, then their projects will be further sent for evaluation to experts of the Moscow is a good city competition. Within a month, NPO projects will be evaluated by an expert council, which includes almost 60 people – representatives of federal and regional departments, socially oriented non-profit organizations. Then the winners will be determined by a competition committee consisting of Lev Ambinder, President, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rusfond, Diana Gurtskaya, Chairman of the Commission for Supporting Family, Motherhood and Childhood of the Public Chamber of Russia, as well as Director of ANO Agency for Social Information, Chairman of the Commission for the Development of the Non-Commercial Sector and support of socially oriented NGOs of the Public Chamber of Russia Elena Topoleva-Soldunova.

The competition “Moscow is a Good City” has been held since 2019. In just two years, non-profit organizations have submitted about a thousand applications. During this time, more than 270 NGO projects have received grants aimed at helping people with disabilities, the older generation, large and foster families, the homeless, the unemployed, those who find themselves in a difficult life situation, as well as those who need social support due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-profit organizations – winners of the past years were able to help more than 20 thousand Muscovites. 400 million rubles are annually allocated for the implementation of projects.

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