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The Social Change Assistance Trust is a grantmaking organization established in 1984 that predominantly funds rural organizations in order to improve the quality of life in their communities. It supports programs that address human rights, gender equity, HIV/AIDS, and local economic development. Past support assisted the trust to support community-based advice offices in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, and Free State provinces. Over the past two years, the trust supported community-based paralegals to access accredited training, facilitated peer-to-peer learning among advice offices, and collaborated on a program to monitor government service delivery points in mainly poor areas. This grant will support the Social Change Assistance Trust to continue to fund community-based advice offices, train and mentor paralegals and management committees in advice offices, monitor government service delivery points, and to document its experiences. This grant increase has been made possible by a partnership with Atlantic Philanthropies in support of the community advice office sector.
The program goal is to support civil society development in Belarus. The Association for International Education and Exchange, a German nonprofit organization with lengthy experience in Belarus, will work with United Way Belarus, the country’s leading support center for nonprofit organizations, to provide a range of online and offline information and capacity-building resources to civil society groups. In 2012–2014, the grantee supported United Way Belarus in its efforts to continue improvement of its Internet portal for Belarusian civil society. The portal saw an increase in monthly users of 25 percent throughout 2013 to over 35,000 monthly users. The online/offline legal training program produced a cohort of alumni who have gone on to provide further pro bono consulting for Belarusian nonprofits. The grantee, registered in 1990, owns jointly with the Minsk city administration a facility there that is used for meetings bringing together civil society, business, and government representatives. Since 2001, it has managed the German government-financed Belarus Support Program, a small-grants program fostering civil society partnerships between Germany and Belarus.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, supports efforts to build a vibrant and independent philanthropic and nonprofit sector.
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