The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken to slow down its spread had a huge effect on everyday life of ordinary people. Elderly people and adults with disabilities are high-risk groups whose life in the pandemic has become severely constrained: access to social services and planned medical care declined, social circle narrowed, people find it difficult to cope with everyday problems, and many of those employed cannot work remotely.
Civil society organisations (CSOs) that care for people affected by the crisis came to the “forefront” of the fight against the pandemic. The number of people seeking help from CSOs increased significantly while at the same time many CSOs are facing financial difficulties due to reduction in donations and increased workload in such circumstances.
The social impact of the COVID-19 varies for different groups of population. The main goal of the EU Action grant is to help elderly people and adults with disabilities to cope the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and to tackle its impact on the everyday lives of the most vulnerable. In order to reach the most vulnerable, the Russian CSOs will receive sub-grants to help directly people return to their normal lives when the lockdown is over. Access to additional aid is also vital to reduce the risk of these people and their families falling into greater vulnerability in the near future.
Key activities and projected results:
To ensure a swift response to emerging needs, CAF Russia will launch an open call for proposal to allocate small sub-grants (up to 12 000 Euro) on a rolling basis to CSOs working directly with the elderly people and adults with disabilities across Russia. As a result at least 40 CSOs will receive funds to provide at least 5000 people with direct assistance mostly needed in the pandemic: contactless delivery of food and household goods, personal protective goods, social and psychological support, medical counselling and assistance in caring for patients.
As a part of the Action CAF will maintain communication activities to inform on the project progress on the website and other media channels, as well as to share the best practices of CSOs in assisting the most vulnerable groups, human stories, interviews with experts and specialists.
Duration: 01/06/2020 – 31/05/2021 (12 months)
Total Project Budget: EUR 555 600
EU Contribution: EUR 500 000
Implementing Partners: The CAF Charitable Foundation for Philanthropy Development (CAF Russia)