ARMENIA

Grant Competitions

The Foundation regularly awards grants through an ‘’open-door’’ policy whereby unsolicited grant proposals are received and reviewed on a continual basis. The Foundation also sponsors targeted initiatives or competitions in which multiple projects sharing a common programmatic theme are funded.

List of recent competitions

2007

Strengthening Regional Print Media in Armenia, March 2007
The goal of this competition was to increase the financial viability and sustainability of selected regional print media outlets (RPMOs) that have received trainings in newspaper operations. Each grant supports a range of project activities, including the implementation of long-term business strategies; market surveys to assess the state of local advertisement market; additional specialized training in management or marketing; the creation of regional networks and alliances between RPMOs; the purchase of additional equipment and/or software for RPMO operations; and the organization of training on the use of the new equipment/software. Read here more about the projects.

Armenia-Turkey Cross-Border Dialogue and Cooperation Program, May 2007
The goal of this competition was to promote improved dialogue and cooperation between representatives of the non-government, government and private sectors in Armenia and their Turkish counterparts. The program supports the implementation of cross-border projects for cultural exchanges, youth development, and cooperation between journalists. Read here more about the projects.

Media Participation in the Fight against Corruption, June 2007
The goal of the competition was to increase the role of Armenia’s media in the fight against corruption. The competition supported a range of project activities, including the production of a series of in-depth articles or broadcast programs addressing issues of government transparency; the development and implementation of strategies for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of government programs in health care, social services and education, and/or legislation designed to assist vulnerable populations (women, youth, the disabled, etc.); and campaigns to examine how efficiently local government can respond to requests made under the Freedom of Information Law. Read here more about the projects.

Labor Migration Program, June 2007
The goal of this competition was to establish Migration and Return Resource Centers (MRRCs) in Armenia’s regions to provide services to labor migrants and returnees. With support from EPF, the resource centers will conduct information campaigns on the risks of labor migration and the rights of labor migrants while abroad; create databases on employment opportunities both in Armenia (for returnees) and CIS countries (for potential labor migrants); establish partnerships with similar centers in Russia; conduct seminars and round tables to discuss migration related issues; conduct career days for returnees; and organize trainings on entrepreneurship for returnees. Read here more about the projects.

Civil Society Organizations’ Participation in the Fight against Corruption, July 2007
The goal of the competition was to increase the role of Armenia’s non-government organizations in the fight against corruption. The program supports a range of project activities, including the development of strategies for municipalities to improve the transparency of their activities; and the monitoring of practices for the attestation, firing, demotion and promotion of government employees in three targeted ministries. Read here more about the projects.

2006

Establishing Resource Centers for Community Development, June 2006 
The goal of the competition was to establish ten resource centers for community development (RCCD) for the purpose of improving the capacities of community-based organizations (CBOs) throughout Armenia’s regions to play an active role in local development. Each resource center will provide a range of services to CBOs and community groups, including access to Internet, computers, copying and fax. The resource centers will also provide training for CBOs in critical skills, including participatory needs assessment, program development and fundraising, community mobilization, and monitoring and evaluation. Read here more about the projects.

Development of Organizational Capacities (DOC) Program: Invitation for the Submission of Letters of Interest, July 2006 
In July 2006, a select group of former EPF grantees were invited to submit letters of interest (LOI) for participation in the Foundation’s new Development of Organizational Capacities (DOC) Program. Six NGOs were selected for program participation. Each NGO will undergo an organizational assessment that will examine how each organization’s management infrastructure can be strengthened for improved organizational performance. NGOs were selected for program participation that demonstrated a high level of commitment among the organization’s management and staff to the DOC process; that demonstrated a need for organizational development; that have the potential to become financially sustainable; and that had successfully implemented previous EPF grants. Following an organizational assessment conducted by EPF’s DOC Team, each organization receives a report containing recommendations for improved organizational performance. In cooperation with the DOC Team, each organization then develops an action plan that addresses some or all of these recommendations. After the completion of the action plan, participating organizations may apply for a grant from the Foundation that will support action plan implementation. Read here the list of client organizations.

2005

Promotion of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Armenia, April 2005 
The goal of the competition was to improve the legal environment for Small and Medium Enterprise development in Armenia by promoting effective mechanisms for Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR). The program supported a range of activities including ADR information campaigns, the establishment of formal mechanisms to promote ADR in Armenia, capacity development for ADR providers, and lobbying for new ARD-related legislation. Read here more about the projects.

Promotion of Inter-Municipal Networking and Cooperation, July 2005 
The goal of the competition was to promote inter-municipal networking and cooperation by strengthening organizational capacities, promoting the efficient use of existing resources, and creating models of successful municipal networking. The program supported a range of project activities, including partnership and network development; technical and professional support to newly developed partnerships and networks; outreach activities for network promotion; and capacity development for existing networks. Read here more about the projects.

2004

Business Advocacy, July 2004 
The goal of the competition was to promote small and medium business development by improving the business environment and promoting dialogue between the state and the private sector. Within the framework of this competition the Eurasia Partnership Foundation supported a variety of advocacy campaigns, the establishment of mechanisms for business-state cooperation and efforts to improve legislation and short-term advocacy strategies, which promoted changes in the existing judicial, legislative and executive systems. Read here more about the projects.

Sustainable Development of Community-Based Organizations, July 2004 
The goal of the competition was to strengthen civic activism by promoting sustainable models of community-based organizations (CBOs) and by increasing the financial viability of CBOs and fostering partnership and collaboration between CBOs, NGOs, local government and businesses. Within the framework of the competition the Eurasia Partnership Foundation funded activities that led to the establishment of diversified income-generating sources, capacity development and new partnerships and outreach activities. Read here more about the projects.

Regional Business Development, August 2004 
The goal of the competition was to strengthen the technical and organizational capacities of selected business support structures in eight regions of Armenia: Aragatsotn, Ararat, Armavir, Kotayk, Lori, Shirak, Syunik and Tavush through grants and organizational development support. Within the framework of this competition the Eurasia Partnership Foundation supported projects that included mechanisms for promoting and encouraging the growth and the development of a strong private sector in Armenia’s regions. Read here more about the projects.

Strengthening of Media Distribution System in Armenia, November 2004
The goal of the competition was to strengthen and expand the existing newspaper distribution system in Armenia. No specific strategies or methods were prescribed to the applicants by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation. Innovative approaches were encouraged. The first phase of the competition was dedicated to newspaper distribution within Yerevan. The second phase covered a larger area: Yerevan and the regions of Armenia. Read here more about the projects.