The Kremlin will offer a new way to evaluate applications for grants

First Deputy head of the presidential administration Sergei Kiriyenko will gather in the Kremlin on Wednesday, April 12, meeting of the coordinating Committee for the competition of presidential grants, said Director General Fund-statement of presidential grants Ilya Chukalin. This will be the first meeting of the Committee.

The decree on the composition of the Committee signed by Vladimir Putin was published on 3 April.

Then came the presidential decree on state support of NGOs in 2017. According to the document, a single printoperation has become the Fund operator of the presidential grants for the development of civil society, which have this year to allocate 4,3 billion rbl. the Fund was created instead of nine operators grant program, which worked before. The Kremlin wants to clearly understand how to allocate funds, and to achieve greater efficiency and transparency, explained the goal of creating a single printoperation a source close to the presidential administration.

The Fund will offer Kiriyenko, a number of changes to simplify the application procedure and reporting on the implementation of the projects and the system of evaluation, said Chekalin.

It is assumed that the projects submitted for the competition will be judged on ten criteria, the maximum rating for each of them to ten points. After summarizing the assessments that were received by each project will be published. The system of evaluation of projects of NGOs applying for presidential grants, will become more transparent, says Chukalin .

The sites of printoperation were published only the results of the competitions, but it was not clear why one or another project lost or won, adds the source .

Evaluation criteria projects will be clarified and clearly spelled out: “We must be as open as possible,” says Chukalin.

Also, according to him, the Foundation wants to simplify the application procedure for grants and submission of reports for completed projects. In particular, on Wednesday at a meeting scheduled to discuss the transition to electronic document management.

Until recently, says Chekalin, every one of the documents required for filings or reports, printoperator demanded in the paper: “Even the certificate of incorporation with the electronic signature of FNS, and that is not accepted in electronic form. In fact, we want to get away from paper,” he explains.

On Wednesday at a meeting of the Committee Chukalin will offer a list of the members of the expert Council of the competition of presidential grants there will be 20-25 people, said the CEO of the Fund.

The first competition for the allocation of grants may be declared on 17 April, is one of the options being discussed, said Chekalin. NGOs are accustomed to the fact that the competitions will start in April, and opportunities to delay the start almost there, he said.

The idea with the transition to the evaluation of projects according to ten different criteria are good, but there is a danger that there will not be opportunities “to evaluate the usefulness of the whole project,” says the head of the Committee “Civil assistance” Svetlana Gannushkina. The system of evaluation of grant applications “for different standards,” has long been used in European countries, but does not guarantee the accuracy of the estimate, she said.

“The initiative by defining ten evaluation criteria — this is very true — sure member of the Public chamber, Director of “Agency of social information,” Elena Topoleva-Soldunova. — I just met with representatives of the organization, which for the tenth time can not win a grant, and do not understand why.”

It is very important to explain to people what part of the project they managed, what is not said Topoleva-Soldunova.

The Institute of presidential grants to NGOs since the end of 2006, but actively earned in 2012, when the state Duma adopted the law on “foreign agents”, limit for nonprofit organizations the opportunity to receive money from abroad.

At the end of October last year, ended the third contest for the allocation of presidential grants to non-profit organizations (NPOs). The money handed out nine printoperation. All they did 3781 application, it was satisfied with 394. To support NGOs the President then allocated 4.5 billion rubles, presidential grants received including the fighters for the preservation of traditional values, opponents of the state Department and the fighters with pedophiles.