COVID-19: Civil Society Resilience and Sustainability
“COVID-19: Civil Society Resilience and Sustainability” is a joint regional project run by IREX Europe which aims at strengthening civil society and independent media in Eastern Partnership countries to mitigate the immediate and longer-term impact of the pandemic. The project is funded by the European Union and is implemented in partnership with Human Rights House Foundation, Human Rights House Tbilisi, Human Rights House Yerevan and Transatlantic Foundation/Black Sea Trust.
The civil society organisations (CSOs), grassroots initiatives and independent media outlets in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine will benefit from €2.4 million of grants for: emergency core support; psychosocial and legal support; and to enhance their digital and technological capacities in order to overcome the immediate impact of COVID 19 crisis. The Project will also provide capacity development training and support media campaigns, advocacy and awareness raising efforts to build the resilience of the civil society and the general public to medium and long-term effects of the pandemic.
The Project will centre around three main objectives:
- CSOs build their sustainability and resilience to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis through:
- 26 emergency grants
- 200 CSO representatives receive psychosocial and legal support
- CSOs are better skilled and equipped to continue supporting their beneficiaries and protecting vulnerable communities, through:
- 26 digitalisation grants to improve the online work of CSOs
- 21 capacity development grants
- 6 exchange and cooperation grants
- 5 analytical and policy-oriented project grants
- CSOs and media counter disinformation and fake news, and promote access to reliable information on the pandemic and its impact on communities, through:
- 32 grants for independent media and CSOs working to debunk false information, and provide counter narratives
- 25 media campaign, advocacy and awareness raising grants
- 6 government monitoring grants
The project will run for four years from July 2020 until June 2024.