In 2018, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Civil Society will provide grants to non-governmental organizations amounting to more than 900 million tenge. This was reported by Aliya Galimova, Chairwoman of the Committee on Civil Society Affairs, at a reporting meeting with NGOs.
In 2018, we will try to begin procedures as soon as possible and publish a plan for offering grants, as well as provide information on topics for the next period.” In 2017, 79 grant projects in the amount of more than 900 million tenge were supported in 15 different grant areas,” noted Galimova.
She recalled that in 2017, measures were taken to increase the transparency and openness of grant financing procedures. Starting in 2018, a roster of experts will be put into operation. These individuals will be involved in the expert evaluation of applications received.
Galimova added that the experience gained from the NGO grant projects will be transferred to appropriate ministries for use in their work. According to her, this will help to establish a dialogue between NGOs and state bodies.
The Chairwoman of the Civil Society Committee added that grant financing is being implemented in Kazakhstan only for the second year.
As we progress, we see where we need to improve. When we formulate a call for grants plan, we do this considering the proposals from NGOs and experts, and based on the priorities of state policy. I think that in the future we will have a wider range of grant projects. We encourage all NGOs to actively participate in the public monitoring of grant projects. For us the feedback mechanism is important,” she concluded.
It should be noted that Kazakhstani NGOs reported on grants received in the amount of KZT 618 million to state bodies and the community. The new reporting procedure was introduced after NGOs criticized mechanisms previously used for obtaining and implementing grants.