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Community Development in Volga Region

Sluzhenye Association

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $125,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2010–June 30, 2012
  • Location Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  • Geographic Focus Russia

About this grant

The program goal is to introduce new methods of activating communities, increasing local resource mobilization, and promoting social investment in Russia. The Sluzhenye Association will expand its training program for social animators who will help mobilize and advise civic groups. It will increase the capacity of local activity centers to act as focal points for community planning and resource mobilization, with a particular focus on developing individual giving. The grantee will support the further development of the Dobriy Nizhny charity festival organized collectively by the centers. During 2008-2009, the grantee trained 22 social animators and helped establish 10 local activity centers. The first annual Dobriy Nizhny festival of giving raised over $10,000 in cash and a greater amount of in-kind contributions, primarily from individuals. Established in 1994, the Sluzhenye Association is a leading provider of support and services for nongovernmental organizations and community leaders in the Nizhny Novgorod region.