COVID-19

Within its mission and mandate, Europe Foundation has been focusing all its efforts on responding to the pressing needs in Georgia and the region by engaging citizens and communities in social, economic and political developments through monitoring the activities of government, businesses, and the donor community, supporting the most vulnerable groups, promoting evidence-based policy-making, and advocating for positive changes.

Europe Foundation fully appreciates the challenges and likely adverse effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the world and across the country, including on civil society organizations (CSOs) and civic activists that strive to promote democracy and the rule of law in Georgia.  In light of these challenges, Europe Foundation supports participatory civic initiatives that offer realistic development solutions to the specific challenges faced by various communities in this country.

From March 9, 2020 onwards, Europe Foundation has been working remotely. However, communication and consultations with the grantees, potential applicants, partners and other stakeholders have been going on uninterruptedly.  Check the video: https://fb.watch/5KIaLMcgSB/ .

EPF is working with its current grantees to adjust on-going activities to the additional challenges experienced by communities they serve.


Association Anika 

Project:  Alternative Program for Overcoming the Crisis Related to COVID-19

The project aims at reducing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the children and adults with intellectual disabilities by ensuring their remote access to vital development services. To this end, the grantee will digitize and adapt three of its development services for remote provision. To ensure access of economically vulnerable beneficiaries to the services, the grantee will purchase tablets to lend to the families that do not own computers and will also provide internet access vouchers to those beneficiaries, who cannot afford internet services. In the short-term, the remote provision of these development services will help mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the PWDs and their families.  In the long-term, it will support the grantee’s efforts to grow institutionally and to improve its service provision to the children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


Art for Public Interest

Project:  Home-based development of the adolescents with disabilities

The amendment to the project is aimed at reducing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the residents of Gori municipality, through raising their awareness about prevention and containment of the novel Coronavirus and the responsibilities of each citizen in supporting the fight against the virus.  To this end, the grantee will launch a rigorous information campaign, which will include daily news broadcasts covering the COVID-19 situation in the country and especially in Gori municipality.  The grantee will also develop radio blogs, through which duty-bearers will provide accurate and reliable responses to the citizens’ questions and a new program Advice featuring interviews with public health experts, local authorities, and other specialists with aim to provide expert opinion and evidence-based information on how ordinary citizens can contribute to the fight against the pandemic and maintain physical and mental health during the crisis.


Gori Community Radio Mosaic

Amendment to the Project:  For Transparent Self-Governance 

The amendment to the project is aimed at reducing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the residents of Gori municipality, through raising their awareness about prevention and containment of the novel Coronavirus and the responsibilities of each citizen in supporting the fight against the virus.  To this end, the grantee will launch a rigorous information campaign, which will include daily news broadcasts covering the COVID-19 situation in the country and especially in Gori municipality.  The grantee will also develop radio blogs, through which duty-bearers will provide accurate and reliable responses to the citizens’ questions and a new program Advice featuring interviews with public health experts, local authorities, and other specialists with aim to provide expert opinion and evidence-based information on how ordinary citizens can contribute to the fight against the pandemic and maintain physical and mental health during the crisis.


EPF has announced call for applications under its Open Door Grantmaking program to support CSOs’ development efforts aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on their constituencies. See more:

EPF has prepared information posters on hand hygiene in Georgian,  Azerbaijani and Armenian reaching over 102,000 people on Facebook.

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