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Overcoming Ethnic Discrimination, Racism, Xenophobia, Intolerance, and Extremism in Russia

Foundation for Civil Society

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period February 1, 2003–March 31, 2006
  • Location Moscow, Russia
  • Geographic Focus Russia, Russia

About this grant

In response to an alarming increase in manifestations of racism, ethnic discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance and extremism in Russia, the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) organized a small-grants program for Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in 2002. The goals of the project were to contribute to changing public opinion on racism and xenophobia in Russia; increase the level of public discourse on these issues; and raise the awareness of Russian NGOs and promote education activities on overcoming ethnic discrimination, racism, xenophobia, intolerance and extremism.Multiyear funding will enable FCS to continue its small-grants program over the next three years. Activities will include awarding approximately eight grants per year, giving preference to provincial NGOs and focusing on changing public attitudes to ethnic minorities; providing grantees with technical assistance; conducting a monitoring program in 10 Russian regions; participating in the development of common-action plans for the Russian NGO Network Against Racism; and publishing materials such as program results, roundtable discussion proceedings and grant assessment reports.During the past year, FSC awarded 10 grants, totaling $32,000, to grassroots, regional NGOs for projects such as the School of Tolerance and the Day of Tolerance in Country Schools; provided technical assistance to grantees; and facilitated links between grantees and other organizations working on similar efforts.