The Vladivostok Representative Office of The Eurasia Foundation is pleased to announce that three organizations in the Russian Far East have been awarded grants through the Open Door process. This process refers to grants made on proposals received on an ongoing basis. The total amount of the awards is $93,953.
The grant was awarded to increase access to capital for small and medium-sized businesses by developing micro-lending implementation strategies for Chita Oblast. Building on a previous grant, this project will provide a discussion forum for representatives of local administrations, entrepreneurs, financial specialists and lawyers to determine ways to improve the process of small enterprise micro-lending. The project's outputs and recommendations will serve as blueprints for the establishment of micro-lending pilot programs in municipalities throughout the region.
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The grant was awarded to help citizens exert more influence over housing policies by strengthening grassroots organizations. The grantee will assist housing associations in articulating their interests before local authorities and before construction and housing industry representatives. Project specialists will also strive to raise the professional standards and qualifications of apartment building managers, incorporating the best practices of other co-owners' associations.
The grant was awarded to increase the efficiency of self-governance by improving the efficiency of local regulations. The project team will develop and test a new educational program on municipal lawmaking, involving public servants in drafting model legal documents. As a result, the trained participants will know how to shape future decrees and local charters in accordance with national and regional legislation. In addition, two participating higher education establishments will add lawmaking to the core curricula of their public administration departments.
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