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The program goal is to promote processes that strengthen public participation in the development of communities. To this end, the Foundation for Independent Radio Broadcasting will continue to develop a network of student community radio stations across Russia. Special attention will be given to fostering the increasingly local character of stations through editorial content and training for community-based curators. In addition, the grantee will work with existing university partners to secure growing institutional support to ensure the future sustainability of the network of stations. In 2012-2014, participating editorial teams submitted almost 140 stories on notable issues and people in their local communities. The reorganization of the project Web site into distinct sections for each local team helped foster both greater identity for each team and increased cross-fertilization of story ideas across the platform. The Foundation for Independent Radio Broadcasting has worked in Russia since 1999 to provide training for radio journalists and promote educational programming for Russian audiences.
This grant to the Flint Institute of Arts will help build the endowment fund for its Art School. This endowment will provide operating support for the Art School, one of the largest museum art schools in the nation. The Art School has an annual enrollment of about 1,500 students and offers studio instruction in drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, glass mosaic, fiber, and metal sculpture, with scholarships available to those needing financial assistance. The school serves another 4,000 children and adults each year through summer camps for youth, free family activities, and a pre-college portfolio development program for high school students interested in pursuing a college education in the arts.
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 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in four countries in the Western Former Soviet Union — Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Our grants fund efforts to develop and strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, including the development of community foundations.
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