build partnership relations with beneficiaries, where everyone is responsible for the result;
analyze own results in order to develop;
achieve sustainable transformations in selected areas;
exchange ideas and tools between programs;
adapt to different tasks and formats of interaction;
fulfill the obligations of a charitable organization and ensure the targeted use of funds.
How it works
The grant management system is consistent with the principles and values of the Foundation.
✔ Grants are only provided on a competitive basis. We do not consider individual requests and appeals out of
competition or out of scope of the Foundation's charitable programs.
✔ We support business trips and educational tours for skills improvement and professional exchange between
specialists in the fields of culture, education, philanthropy, etc., the implementation of various types of projects
by teams and organizations, the development of institutions.
✔ Open access and transparency of procedures is ensured by online grant management, through zayavka.fondpotanin.ru. This tool helps
us meet the requirements of the digital era, create and maintain the grant history of the Foundation.
✔ Trust is another important principle in grant management. We are responsible for our activities and expect
responsibility from contestants, grantees, and experts. We expect the data that they provide to the Foundation to be
reliable, complete, and compliant with the terms of competitions and the rights of any third persons. In the event
that we come across inaccurate information or a conflict of interest, an applicant shall lose their right to
participate in a competition or to receive a grant at any stage, and an expert will be removed from the evaluation
How competitions are held
Competitions can be either:
Each competition is focused either only on organizations (legal entities), or only on individuals. In order for a
competition to be held, the Foundation may involve a partner organization — an operator.
Competitions provide equal opportunities to win, setting no quotas or preferences for participants from certain
regions and types of organizations or for individual categories.
We do not provide grants to:
commercial organizations of any form, their branches and representative offices;
We do not provide grants to nor appoint the following as experts and partners:
terrorists and extremists included in the national register;
disqualified persons entered in the national register;
persons convicted of corruption and money laundering.
We do not provide grants for:
paid publications in academic journals, dedicated journals, mass media
the creation of commercial copyright works (artistic, literary, musical, stage and other works)
acquisition of real estate (and land), capital construction of new buildings
purchase of vehicles
repayment of an organisation's debt
payment of overdue taxes, fees, fines, penalties
How funding decisions are made
All competitive applications are evaluated by independent experts who are renowned professionals in the field of the
competition. We maintain an interdisciplinary and interregional balance, the continuity of expert knowledge along
with annual rotation of the jury. To ensure impartial and independent decision-making, representatives of the
Foundation and the operator do not take part in the examination.
Funding decisions are made based on expert recommendations and approved by the General Director of the
10 Steps of Grant Management
We set out all the terms and conditions of the competitions in the “Principles and Guidelines for Providing Grants”:
opportunities for participation, rules of expertise, requirements for agreements with winners and reporting
requirements. The principles are published on the Foundation’s website together with the Order on Holding the
Competition and the operator’s contact details if the competition is held with the involvement of a partner
- Calls for applications and information campaigns
Applicants register a personal account and fill out an online application on the Foundation’s portal before the
specified final date. The ability to edit or submit an application automatically ceases at midnight Moscow time on
the specified final date.
For applicants, we publish answers to frequently asked questions and video tutorials, hold consultations, webinars
and presentations. Each applicant may also seek personalized advice from the Foundation or the competition
The application status is “Draft”/“Submitted”.
- Checking the submitted applications for compliance with the formal criteria of the competition and the
accuracy of the information
The formal criteria are defined in the “Principles and Guidelines for Providing Grants”. They do not allow ambiguous
interpretation or value judgments. When filling out the application, the applicants should provide assurances of the
completeness and accuracy of the information, along with the supporting documents.
The application status is “Accepted”/“Not accepted”.
- Evaluation of the applications
The criteria, stages and formats for evaluating applications that are admitted according to formal criteria are set
in the “Principles and Guidelines for Providing Grants”. Each application at each stage is evaluated by at least two
independent experts. The evaluation can be carried out in absentia or in absentia and in person: by arranging a
Skype interview, face-to-face testing, meetings of the Expert Council.
When filling out an online form in their account, experts rate and provide the Foundation with assurances that there
is no conflict of interest. In the event of conflict of interest, the expert is not allowed to evaluate.
The application status is “Under examination”/“Passed examination”.
- Announcement of the winners
The number of winners and the size of grants are approved in the Competition Order. The list of winners is published
on the Foundation's website after verification of the recommended candidates by the legal department. The Foundation
emails its congratulations to the winners and instructions on how to exercise their right to receive a grant.
The application status is “Supported”/“Not Supported”.
- Preparation of grant agreements
In addition to sending instructions, we arrange webinars or workshops for winners. The Foundation also provides
Winners fill out the Additional Data for Concluding a Grant Agreement in their account. In the form, one can specify
additional project parameters, budget items, determine the size of the installments. The agreement ot be signed is
automatically generated in pdf.
The application status is “Grantee”.
- Amendments of the terms of grant agreements
Grant agreements give grantees the opportunity to independently make decisions and adjust project plans without
coordination or with minimal coordination with the Foundation. Permissible independent amendments are defined in the
agreements. The terms would be the same for the winners of the same competition: stages, team members,
redistribution of budget items, one-time extension. In other cases, grantees fill out a Request for Amending the
Terms of the Agreement and, if the Foundation approves the request, sign a supplement to the agreement. The
agreement to be signed is automatically generated in pdf.
- Monitoring and expert support of projects
We help grantees to achieve maximum results and use a wide range of tools, in addition to financial support:
information, expert, educational. “Extensive tools” are combined as an open knowledge base: webinars,
recommendations, manuals, success stories, research data, interviews on the Foundation’s website and in social media. "Intensive tools" are built on the
principle of program-long-learning: training programs, business games, joint strategic sessions and leveling up of
social skills for beneficiaries, experts, and partners.
Also, throughout the grant, we conduct monitoring in order to keep abreast of events, timely identify problems, and
help in promoting the results. There are two types of monitoring. Offsite — when employees of the Foundation and the
operator together with experts visit grantees and their events, meet with graduates. Digital — subscribing to the
project pages in social media, websites, publications and project diaries on the portal.
All grantees should submit narrative and financial reports on the projects, while fellows should submit narrative
reports. For projects implemented for less than 12 months, only final reports; for longer projects, interim and
final reports. Reporting requirements are set in the “Principles and Guidelines for Providing Grants” and in
agreements. Reports should be filled out using online forms on the portal, no hard copies are required. Scans of
supporting documents and certified financial statements should be attached in personal account.
- Closure of grant agreements
After accepting the final report on a grant, the Foundation shall email a letter to the grantee about the closure of
The application status is “Graduate”.
For whom the grant management system is important
employees of the Foundation;
experts and partners of the Foundation, competition operators;
winners of competitions — fellows, grantees, beneficiaries;
members of project teams and project partners;
charitable organizations and foundations that hold grant competitions.