Frequently Asked Questions
We are glad to respond to your queries and answer all questions you may have with regards to operations of Open Society Georgia Foundation.
For information about the Foundation’s strategic priorities for the upcoming years visit Programs page.
For information about grantees and project funding opportunities visit Grants page.
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Non-profitable, non-commercial non-governmental organizations are eligible to apply for OSGF funding.
The Foundation carries out its activities in full compliance with the Law of Georgia on Grants. A Georgian citizen having a neutral identification card or a neutral travel document, resident or non-resident non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entity of Georgia, its representation, branch or department may be a grant recipient.
According to the Law of Georgia on Grants, a foreign national cannot be a grant recipient. Only a Georgian citizen having a neutral identification card or a neutral travel document, resident or non-resident non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entity of Georgia, its representation, branch or department may be a grant recipient.
The Foundation supports both experienced and newly founded organizations.
Starting from January 22, 2019, project proposals can be submitted online, through the Foundation’s website. See the detailed information on our website.
An online project proposal shall be evaluated and a decision shall be made within two months after registration. If the budget of the indicated program has been expended and the project proposal is not evaluated at a current stage, an applicant will be notified on postponing the evaluation for the next year.
It is possible to submit a project if the organization is already implementing the project funded by OSGF. The number of concurrent projects should not exceed three.
Project duration is not determined. The term of its implementation should comply with the planned activities.
An upper limit of the project budget is not determined. The budget should be cost-effective, substantiated and comply with the activities envisaged by the action plan.
The limits of salary budget are not determined and it depends on the activities planned under the project.
The reference should be about both a project and an applicant. It is desirable that referees are appropriate experts from relevant fields. Moreover, they should be familiar with an applicant’s experience and activities.
A member of the Foundation’s Executive Board and Expert Commission, its staff member or a person with any form of conflict of interests cannot be a referee.
Submitted project proposals are first evaluated by the Expert Commission of a relevant program. Decisions on project financing are made by the Executive Board upon the recommendations of the Expert Commission.
In the case of project approval, its implementation shall be launched upon the day of its formalization. Thus, a two-month period needed for project evaluation and approval should be taken into consideration when defining the date of project launch.
The Foundation does not finance studies abroad. To search for the information about the opportunities and financing the studies abroad, please, visit the website of our partner organization, Center for International Education – www.cie.ge.
The Foundation does not issue travel grants. It pays travel expenses only if the project financed by the Foundation envisages a participant’s international visit.
The publications released with the support of the Foundation are mainly free. The electronic versions of the majority of these publications are available on the Foundation’s website, in the section “Library.” Those publications, which have no online versions, can be found in the Library located at the Foundation’s office. The Library offers over 1000 books on various topics. The availability of literature in the library can be checked through an online catalogue.
Consultations can be received after undergoing registration, each Thursday, both remotely and by visiting the office. To undergo registration for consultation, please, visit the Foundation’s website.
Presently, the Foundation does not finance the projects aimed at business development. The economic development program no longer operates at the Foundation since 2008.
The project once declined by the Foundation’s Expert’s Commission and the Executive Board will not be considered for funding throughout the upcoming year and/or in the framework of the program strategy active in the given period of time. Opportunities for funding can be further discussed with the Foundation’s respective program at the consultation meeting.