Small Grants Scheme 2017 | The BEARR Trust

Deadline:  1 February 2017
Open to: applications from NGOs and other organisations from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan; Section B: Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
Grant: up to £3000


The BEARR Trust is pleased to announce its Small Grants Scheme for 2017 and invites applications from NGOs and other organisations. The fields to be covered by the Scheme in 2017 are:

Section A: Projects dealing with mental health issues in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.  (This section is linked to the conference on mental health issues BEARR is organising in Tbilisi in May 2017 in partnership with Ilia State University.)

Section B: Projects dealing with mental health issues in other countries in BEARR’s region: Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

The 2017 Small Grants Scheme aims to support and encourage NGOs to

  • share experience and learning among NGOs with relevant aims
  • disseminate good practice more widely
  • facilitate cooperation with and/or coordination among NGOs and other organisations working with relevant groups
  • improve awareness of, or engage public institutions in addressing the relevant issues
  • propose other, imaginative ways of achieving the Scheme’s aims


The scheme is open to applications from NGOs and other organisations active in the areas covered by the Small Grants Scheme 2017. (Section A: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan; Section B: Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan).


The Trust may wish to support a number of initiatives through the scheme, so proposals for grants of up to £3000 are invited.  Awards will be made on a matching basis, and will not exceed 50% of the overall cost of a project.  Applicants must present costings in pounds sterling, but grants may be paid in Sterling, US Dollars or Euros as best suits the recipient (at the exchange rate prevailing on the date of transfer). Recipients will bear the cost of any conversion into local currency. Projects should normally be completed within six months of receipt of the funds.  The BEARR Trust reserves the right to commission independent evaluation of any project funded.


Please write your application in accordance with the attached outline in English (with a Russian translation if desired) and send it by email to before 1 February 2017. You should put in the subject line: SGS 2017 – bid.

The application should be no more than 2 pages.  It should include information about your organisation and any partner organisation(s), and the nature and objectives of your project, as detailed in the Application Outline.

Applications of more than 2 pages will not be considered. See Application Guidelines and Tips to avoid other widespread mistakes which could make your application not eligible for funding.

Criteria for selecting successful applications:

Initial selection of applications will be done according to whether or not the application contains all the information asked for, the extent to which it furthers the aims of The BEARR Trust, and the evidence that good use will be made of the resources available.

The BEARR Trust does not give grants for equipment.

To make sure your application fits all basic requirements please use the Checklist provided.

What happens after an application is received by The BEARR Trust?

The Trust will acknowledge applications as they are received. If you are submitting your application within the last week of the deadline, please be patient in awaiting this acknowledgement. It might take us up to a week to send it. A shortlist will be drawn up for further detailed consideration. The Trust will contact applicants for any further information or clarification it needs. Trustees will review shortlisted proposals and make a final decision at their meeting in April.  The Trust will inform applicants whether their proposals have been successful shortly after that, and make the outcome public once all grants have been accepted.

All applicants will therefore receive by email:

  • an acknowledgment of receipt of their application;
  • notification of whether or not they have been awarded a grant.

The BEARR Trust Small Grants Scheme 2017 is funded by donations from generous individuals, companies and foundations, to whom the Trust extends its thanks.


Please feel free to ask for clarifications before you submit your application. You can write to in English, Russian or Ukrainian.

Please download:

The official web-page.