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The Belarus Beehive project launches a call for proposals for Belarusian civil society initiatives and for investigative journalists.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The objective of the call is to help civil society survive in the repressive environment and contribute to the democratic transition of Belarus. 

Belarus Beehive thematic areas

We provide financial support to civic initiatives and civil society organisations, in the following thematic areas:

  • Education

  • Culture

  • Local self-governance

  • Trade unions and labour relations

  • Investigative journalism

  • Coalitions for reforms

 

Other thematic areas can be covered if justified and corresponding to the Belarus Beehive project’s objective.

Investigative journalism

We have an ongoing application for investigative journalists. Submitted proposals can be funded following jury’s evaluation based on professional standards. We especially encourage proposals aiming to cover corruption, wrongdoings and misuse of power, smuggling goods, migration, the practice of avoiding international sanctions, police brutality and violence. Any other topics can be considered as well.

Belarus Beehive priorities

We are looking for proposals which:

  • allow CSOs and civic initiatives to continue provision of care and services for their target communities; 

  • help Belarusian society to mitigate the effects of repression;

  • investigate events of the post-election period, corruption, violence of police towards protesters following August 2020, and similar aspects and events;

  • address the immediate local needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • pilot innovative solutions to the most pressing problems that can be scaled up;

  • ensure the implementation of pilot projects in four key sectors (education, local governance and local communities, culture, trade unions, labour and social sphere) and broader. 

Project support conditions

Duration

From minimum 3 months and up to maximum 12 months. Longer implementation period can be considered in case of well substantiated proposals.

Size

  • Minimum EUR 5.000 

  • Maximum EUR 60.000

 

No co-financing is required.

The typical range of approved budgets is EUR 10.000 - 25.000.

Type of projects

In education

Support to civic education initiatives, support to private schools, teachers’ communities and associations, communities of parents, etc. to provide quality, modern and propaganda-free education or courses; introduction of innovations in learning environment (including ‘edtech’); support to increase educational institutions’ autonomy and participatory management, and so on.

In local governance and local communities

Supporting actions of local courtyard initiatives and newly-formed or revived Territorial Public Self-Government bodies aimed at solving local problems and addressing local needs; holding public discussions dedicated to the reforms of local governance; supporting activities around local elections, and so on. Field activities of local residents to improve local living conditions and self-organising in various formats;

 

In culture

Support to creative projects of repressed artists and culture groups; providing emergency funding; testing new mixed models of financing culture; providing support to professional associations in the sphere of culture and culture hubs; development of heritage communities.

For trade unions and in the labour and social sphere

Awareness-raising and recruitment campaigns for trade unions; organisation and support of new trade union cells and their actions, and so on.

 

For investigative journalism

Investigations which shed lights on inner workings of authorities, on post-election events, repressions which ensued, and those responsible for the latter.

However, this is not a closed list of topics and directions, Belarus Beehive is open to innovative proposals.

Examples of activities

  • Core organisational support (staff, premises, equipment, ICT and communication tools, etc.)

  • Meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, laboratories, schools, hackathons, summer camps, public consultations, etc.

  • Solidarity campaigns and actions in Belarus and internationally

  • Advocacy and information campaigns in Belarus and internationally

  • ICT product development; creative products development

  • Development of solutions allowing participation of vulnerable groups in public life

  • Development and dissemination of educational and outreach materials

  • Development and dissemination of assessments and public policy documents

  • Journalistic investigations of corruption, police violence, political and economic matters, etc.

 

Projects with innovative elements (for example social or technological innovations for approaching the target groups), pilot projects with potential for replication on a larger scale will be given a priority

Belarus Beehive will primarily support activities that for the most part are taking place in Belarus or at least benefit and support people in Belarus.

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Who can submit applications

First of all, civil society organisations, both registered (in Belarus, neighbouring countries or the EU MS) and unregistered initiatives.  Individuals acting on behalf of an informal group or initiative can also apply. 

The recipients should have a relevant financial management system in place to ensure adequate reporting and control or be willing to undergo the capacity-building on financial management and provide necessary supporting documentation.

Applicants can act individually or in partnership. In case of partnership, one individual or entity should serve as a lead organisation. It is allowed for a lead applicant to act as a project partner in other proposal/s.

How to apply

The application form is composed of 2 obligatory documents:

  • A project description (for all applications apart from investigate journalism please use this mandatory template)

  • A budget proposal in EUR (use this mandatory template for all applications)

The application form shall be filled in Belarusian, Russian or English and can cover one thematic area or several.

Proposals must be submitted via online forms only!

Terms of consideration

The applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, starting from October 2, 2021

Until further notice, supported projects must end no later than June 31, 2023.

You will receive a response to your project proposal within 1 month, and start the implementation of the project no later than 2 months from the date of application submission, if your project does not exceed 15,000 euros. These terms can be 2 and 3 months, respectively, if your project exceeds 15,000 euros.

 

Applications for investigative journalism

Applications for other types of projects

From May 15, 2022, the acceptance of applications for all directions is temporarily suspended. Evaluation of applications will be resumed in September 2022. We will announce the exact date later.

We wish you good luck and courage in regaining your country and building a new democratic Belarus!