The HRC evaluated the distribution of presidential grants to NGOs

Mikhail Fedotov

The President of the Council under the President of Russia on development of civil society and human rights (HRC) Mikhail Fedotov expressed his satisfaction with the decision of the tender Commission on distribution of presidential grants among noncommercial organizations (NCOs). This was reported on the organization’s website on Tuesday, August 1.

“This is the first experience of awarding grants in the new format and it is encouraging that significantly improved administration, simplified application form and reporting, increased transparency — all this could not affect the quality of selection,” — said Fedorov.

Among the funded NGOs, the head of the HRC has allocated the Moscow Helsinki group (the project “human rights agenda for modern Russia”), as well as projects Mordovian Republican human rights center, Fund “for convicts ‘ rights protection”, the Independent psychiatric Association of Russia, Center of assistance to criminal justice reform and the Council of public monitoring commissions.

Fedotov stressed that the results are not affected by the inclusion of particular NGOs in the register of the so-called foreign agents. “After all, it is not important whether the organization is foreign financing, and what she’s doing. And if she engaged in socially useful activities, of course, the state should support it”, — he added.

At the same time, the head of the HRC expressed regret due to the fact that funding did not receive such human rights NGOs as an organization “Oplot”, “Soldiers’ mothers of St. Petersburg”, “Independent ekspertno-legal Council” and Union “women of don”.

Earlier it was reported that grants the head of state on the implementation of public projects has received 970 from more than 6,6 thousand NGOs.

Start the examination of projects, the total amount of the requested funds for which more than 31 billion rubles, was given in early June.