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The program goal is to build the capacity of grassroots nonprofit organizations and community enterprises in southern Romania to engage in the development of their communities. To this end, PACT – Partnership for Community Action and Transformation Foundation will provide training, field consultancy, small matching grants, and networking opportunities to grassroots organizations whose activities address the local needs of marginalized groups. In addition, the grantee will strengthen its fundraising strategies and capacities and will start building its permanent assets. During the past two years, the grantee trained community groups and local authorities in 49 communities, raised more than $350,000 for regranting from sources in Romania and supported 54 community projects, and strengthened its leadership position in the field of community development and social economy. Established in 2006, the grantee is based in Bucharest, Romania.
Frayintermedia was founded by veteran journalist and media trainer Paula Fray.
It seeks to help build skilled journalists and communicators across the African continent and has been providing training since 2005. Frayintermedia has provided tailored training and mentorship support to many nonprofits on communication and facilitated a communications convening of Mott grantees in 2015. This grant will enable frayintermedia to do an evaluation of grants made through a partnership between the Mott Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies to support the community advice office sector in South Africa for the period 2013-2016. The evaluation will assess the impact of the grants on the overall work of the organizations that received support, the relevance of the supported programs relative to the needs of poor and marginalized communities, and whether the supported organizations achieved the anticipated outcomes. Frayintermedia will engage all the organizations supported and will conduct desktop reviews, develop case studies, and produce a video as part of this evaluation. This grant has been made possible by a partnership with The Atlantic Philanthropies in support of the community advice office sector.
The Centre for Rural Legal Studies works to protect and promote the rights of farmworkers and their families in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Past achievements include assisting with the establishment and strengthening of farm and rural community-based organizations in the central Karoo region of the Western Cape province to assist people who live and work on farms to realize their rights. It also conducted research and advocacy and provided backup legal services to people on farms. This grant will support the Centre for Rural Legal Studies to continue to assist farmworkers from rural areas of the Central Karoo region of the Western Cape province to establish organizations that will help them access and realize their rights. The center will also develop the leadership capacity of these organizations to enable them to organize farmworkers to take collective action on issues that affect their lives. This grant has been made possible by a partnership with Atlantic Philanthropies in support of the community advice office sector.
The Mott Foundation, through each of its four programs — Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Education — supports nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that promote people’s involvement in decision making processes at the local, state, national and/or global levels.
Through grantmaking approaches, we fund ways to strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, promote community organizing efforts, support sustainable development projects, and advance economic stability and racial equality.
*Note: This program area previously included support to organizations working in Russia, and such support is detailed in the Foundation's grants database. However, in 2015, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation was included on a list of organizations that the upper house of the Russian parliament recommended designating as “undesirable.” We therefore concluded that the best course of action was to discontinue our support in Russia. See the Foundation’s statement regarding this development for more information.
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