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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 project goal is to promote public participation in decision making related to local resource use and conservation. The Wild Salmon Center will continue to strengthen the capacity of a network of watershed councils in the Russian Far East. Project activities will include supporting council strategy implementation, conducting outreach and recruiting new leadership, facilitating learning between the councils, providing expert training, and supporting the development of policy recommendations. In 2013–2014, these community-based councils successfully represented the varied interests of the watersheds’ resident populations, users, and visitors. In addition to conducting over 700 antipoaching raids, the councils successfully advocated to reintroduce controlled sportfishing on some territories. The Bolshaya River conservation plan in Kamchatka won international recognition as a model of integrated community management. Together, the seven councils making up the network leveraged over $400,000 for their work. Established in 1992, the Wild Salmon Center promotes the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim.
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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