A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Competitive Grants: Joint Development Opportunity for Companies and Social Activists
18 June 2022
10:00—11:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
The number of grant competition participants is growing each year

We have managed to increase the number of people involved. Whereas last year we provided no more than 10,000 people with all forms of grant support, now we have 17,000 applications in the first season alone — Ekaterina Bogomaz, Head of Regional Cooperation Department, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh); Coordinator of the Direction "Rosmolodezh.Grants".

Rosmolodezh holds such wonderful competitions for organizations that hold competitions. This is very interesting — Raphail Mahmutshin, Leading Specialist, TATNEFT Grants.

Competitive grants aren’t just about distributing money

A competition is held for grant platforms. Twice a year, we give everyone the opportunity to participate in the distribution of grant funds. Of course, distribution doesn’t just mean that we give money to someone and that person further distributes it at his/her own discretion. No, this is an opportunity to turn up as part of some planned event and propose that grants from Rosmolodezh be issued at this event — Ekaterina Bogomaz, Head of Regional Cooperation Department, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh); Coordinator of the Direction "Rosmolodezh.Grants".

ISSUES
Young people doesn’t just mean students; it is crucial to expand coverage

If we’re talking about what’s important for us, it would be that coverage is not only for students, but also for young people under 35 years old — Ekaterina Bogomaz, Head of Regional Cooperation Department, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh); Coordinator of the Direction "Rosmolodezh.Grants".

More attention needs to be paid to grant procedures

It’s very difficult to identify good projects, because when the tools used in grant procedures aren’t properly arranged, there can be a lot of applications and you might miss some. They might not always be given due attention. Grant procedures allow for structuring a system of independent expertise and systematizing the approach to considering projects — Raphail Mahmutshin, Leading Specialist, TATNEFT Grants.

People come in with an idea that’s potentially interesting, but they can’t package it properly. As a result, it’s difficult for them to get grant support because experts don’t understand what kind of project it is and how it fits together — Dmitry Bazhenov, Deputy General Director for Commerce, State Specialized Design Institute; Author, Pulsation Social Project.

People fear the massive amount of reporting associated with receiving grants

Each grant involves serious paperwork and, in fact, the first fear that comes over any grant recipient is: how will I report in the future? — Ekaterina Bogomaz, Head of Regional Cooperation Department, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh); Coordinator of the Direction "Rosmolodezh.Grants".

SOLUTIONS
People’s lack of faith in their own ideas deters many potential grant recipients

A big step for [grant competition] participants is to not be afraid to express their ideas because many of them initially set imaginary barriers for themselves: that their idea is somehow different, unworthy of a grant, and that they shouldn’t even mention it at all. You should! Someone will help you repackage it and structure it correctly. And, perhaps, it will generally turn into a huge project, including on a nationwide scale — .

Rosmolodezh is starting to focus on cooperation with businesses to promote their support tools

Starting this year, we have been trying to pay a lot of attention to collaboration with big business, and with business as a whole, because we see cases when various participants in a grant competition developed within their own corporations after receiving a grant — Ekaterina Bogomaz, Head of Regional Cooperation Department, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh); Coordinator of the Direction "Rosmolodezh.Grants".

Small and medium-sized businesses are expected to start receiving special grants

The first step that I think we could take now – it’s a big one – would be to hold a separate industry-specific nomination in our competition specifically for business – for small and medium-sized entrepreneurship [...] so that business representatives can come and have the opportunity to take a grant to develop their own team, its expertise, and project skills, including by launching various projects themselves — Ekaterina Bogomaz, Head of Regional Cooperation Department, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh); Coordinator of the Direction "Rosmolodezh.Grants".

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS