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.