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What is necessary to participate in the competition for grants?

To participate in the competition, the applicant shall submit an application to the operator on paper and electronic media no later than the date and time of the deadline specified in the announcement of the competition. By electronic media means a flash drive or CD-ROM.

What are the stages of the competition?

In General, the competition process consists of the following stages:

  • The Ministry of information and public development of the Republic of Kazakhstan approves the plan of grants for NGOs.
  • Civil Initiatives Support Center publishes the announcement of the start of the competition for the provision of state grants;
  • Applications from NGOs are collected within 20-30 days;
  • The operator reviews applications for compliance with the requirements of the application form and the NGO grant Plan within 10 working days;
  • The competition Commission evaluates applications within 15 working days;
  • At the meeting of the competition Committee, experts decide on the award of grants.

In what language should I send my application?

Applications can be submitted in Kazakh or Russian languages.

Can one organization submit multiple applications on different topics and win more than one grant?

Currently, the legislation does not limit the submission of more than one application and receipt of more than one grant by one NGO. At the same time, we remind you that a separate folder with a full package of documents is submitted for each project.

Applications for the competition are submitted in Kazakh and in Russian?

According to paragraph 15 of the Rules of grants for non-governmental organizations and monitoring of their implementation, approved by the order of the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated December 25, 2015 № 413 “applicant …makes an application to the operator in Kazakh or Russian languages”.

If it is necessary to translate the application into the state or Russian languages for a member of the expert Commission, the Center will carry out a professional translation of the applications.

Who forms topics of grants?

The plan of grants for NGOs with themes is formed by the Ministry of information and social development of the Republic of Kazakhstan or local Executive bodies on the basis of priorities of the state policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, strategic and program documents of the Republic of Kazakhstan, messages of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as proposals of state bodies and non-governmental organizations. Their suggestions can be send to the email address apps@cisc.kz with the mandatory application of cover letter.

Which government agencies provide funding for government grants?

According to articles 4-1, 4-2 of the Law “on state social order, grants and awards for non-governmental organizations in the Republic of Kazakhstan” of 12 April 2005, the authorized bodies for allocating grants through the Operator are: the Ministry of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and local Executive bodies.

Currently, the main donor of state grants is the Ministry of social development of Kazakhstan.

What is the difference between grants and the state social order?

First, unlike the state social order, when selecting organizations in grant financing, the criterion of determining the lowest cost (dumping prices) is not applied. Thus, the main criterion in the selection of grantees is the technical proposal of NGOs, where it reveals the essence of the project.

Secondly, grant funding allows NGOs to use 10% of the grant amount for logistical support of the organization.

Third, grants can be financed from budgetary and extra-budgetary sources (grants are state grants provided at the expense of budgetary funds, and non-state grants provided from extra-budgetary sources by individuals and legal entities, international and foreign organizations on a voluntary basis).

How do you fight corruption in your Organization?

In order to comply with the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On combating corruption”, information and organizational activities are carried out with employees to form an anti-corruption culture, analysis of corruption risks.

As well as according to the results of the analysis of corruption risks of the Department of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and anti-corruption in CISC approved the action Plan on the results of external analysis of corruption risks in the company’s activities of July 23, 2019 to reduce the level of corruption risks.

Who is a member of the competition Commission and how does it work?

According to the Rules, in order to evaluate NGO applications and award grants, the operator forms a tender Commission to evaluate applications for the selection of grantees.

Since 2017, the Center has been maintaining a register of experts on a regular basis, from which experts are selected to the competition Commission. This Commission consists of an odd number of members, which does not exceed 15 people and is formed on the basis of the directions of state grants reflected in the grant Plan, from among the candidates included in the register of experts, with 30 % of the representatives of the total number of members of the competition Commission offered by the Center, and 70% – non-governmental organizations.

At the same time, experts who are part of the competition Commission should not have a conflict of interest with the applicants, for example, should not be members, acting founders of NGOs or be members of the governing body, heads of NGOs, during the last year receive payment for services rendered or direct financial support from NGOs, have close family ties with employees of a non-governmental organization or have other potential conflicts of interest.

After the formation of the Commission, the Center sends the applications approved for participation to the members of the Commission for evaluation. The expert examines each application submitted to him for evaluation and evaluates according to the point system according to the approved criteria. Points for each indicator are summed up, and the total score is set. After the evaluation, a meeting of the competition Commission is mandatory, where its members summarize and decide on the assignment of a grant on each topic to those NGOs whose applications scored the highest score on the results of the evaluation.

It should be noted that in the system of state grant funding applications are evaluated comprehensively. The expert assesses not only the proposed work plan, the content and essence of the application, but looks at the existing experience of the organization in this area, the validity of these financial costs, the experience and qualifications of the organization’s employees, the achievability and sustainability of the results of the proposed project. At the same time, the applicant does not need to purposefully understate the amount to receive the grant, as the estimate is estimated to meet the calendar plan and the declared scope of work. The only condition is that the requested grant amount should not exceed the amount approved by the grant plan.

Based on the results of the meeting and the conclusion of the competition Committee, the Center publishes information about the winners and proceeds to the conclusion of grant agreements.

How and who decide on the composition of the Commision?

The composition of the Commission includes experts, who are previously included into register. Roster of experts – formed by the Operator in grant funding sphere for NGOs and consists of individuals proposed by the Operator and NGOs. Roster forms on permanent base and available at this web site. 70 % members of the Commission is proposed the NGOs, 30 % – by the Operator.

Is there liability for non-performance or poor performance of obligations by non-governmental organizations that have received a grant?

In the Republic of Kazakhstan, responsibility for the use of the Republican budget funds is regulated by the Budget and Civil codes, according to which the final recipients are responsible for their intended and reasonable use.

According to the norms of the Budget code, the grantee is the ultimate recipient of budgetary funds.

Examples of liabilities:

  • In case of violation of copyright and related rights provided for liability under article 198 of the Penal code.

1. Illegal use of objects of copyright and (or) related rights, as well as acquisition, storage, transfer or production of pirated copies of objects of copyright and (or) related rights in order of sale or appropriation of authorship or compulsion to co-authorship –

shall be punished by the fine in the amount of up to one hundred monthly calculation indices or correction works in the same amount, or community services for the term of up to one hundred twenty hours.

2. The same actions, if they are committed by a significant amount or inflicted significant damage or substantial harm to the rights or legal interests of author or other possessor of right, or committed repeatedly, –

shall be punished by the fine in the amount of up to three hundred monthly calculation indices or correctional works in the same amount, or community services for the term of up to two hundred forty hours, or arrest for the term of up to seventy five days.

3. The actions, provided by second part of this Article, committed:

1) by group of persons on previous concert;

2) on a large scale or inflicted heavy damage;

3) by person with the use of his (her) official position, –

shall be punished by the fine in the amount of up to five thousand monthly calculation indices or correctional works in the same amount, or restriction of liberty for the term of up to five years, or imprisonment for the same term, with deprivation of the right to occupy determined positions or to engage in a determined activity for the term of up to three years or without it.

4. The actions, provided by second or third parts of this Article, committed by criminal group, –

shall be punished by imprisonment for the term of three to six years.

  • Fraud or theft in the implementation of social projects.

Article 190 of the Penal code provides as follows:

1. Fraud, in other words theft of another’s property or acquisition of right to another’s property by false pretenses or abuse of trust, –

shall be punished by the fine in the amount of up to one thousand monthly calculation indices or correctional works in the same amount, or restriction of liberty for the term of up to two years, or imprisonment for the same term, with confiscation of property.

2. Fraud, committed:

1) by group of persons on previous concert;

2) excluded by the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 21.01.2009 № 217-VI (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after the date of its first official publication);

3) by person with the use of his (her) official position;

4) by false pretenses or abuse of trust, of the user of information system;

5) in the scope of the state purchases, –

shall be punished by the fine in the amount of up to four thousand monthly calculation indices or correctional works in the same amount, or restriction of liberty for the term of up to four years, or imprisonment for the same term, with confiscation of property, with deprivation of the right to occupy determined positions or to engage in a determined activity for the term of up to three years or without it.

3. Fraud, committed:

1) on a large scale;

2) by person, authorized to perform the state functions, or person equated to him (her), or civil servant, or person, holding responsible state position, if they are linked with the use of his (her) official position by them;

3) in relation of two or more persons, –

shall be punished by imprisonment for the term of three to seven years with confiscation of property, and in the cases, provided by paragraph 2), with deprivation of the right to occupy determined positions or to engage in a determined activity for life.

4. The actions, provided by first, second or third parts of this Article, if they are committed:

1) by criminal group;

2) on a special large scale, – shall be punished by imprisonment for the term of five to ten years with confiscation of property, with deprivation of the right to occupy determined positions or to engage in a determined activity for life or without it.

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