At the end of April there was a meeting of Rosmolodezh where they approved the winners of the All-Russian Contest of Youth Projects among individuals in the framework of the absentee competition and youth educational forums in 2021. The experts recommended awarding grants totaling more than one billion rubles to 711 projects.
Among winners, certainly, there are participants from the Vladimir area. Financial support will go to 21 people out of 47 who applied. All this looks great, considering the difficult times for youth policy in the 33rd region, but a number of points raise questions.
The minimum grant amount is 19 thousand rubles, the maximum is 2.5 million. There is a huge gap between these two values with variations of who can get how much. Participants are asking for money for specific projects, the scale and duration of which is certainly spelled out in the application. But each of the 21 applicants will receive the same amount – 2.1 million rubles. This is an amazing coincidence. This means that the Vladimir region will receive 44.1 million for various activities.
It is unlikely that any of our readers will know anything about these names. These people are unknown to the general public and to the active young public. According to the rules of the contest, citizens from 14 to 30 years old could take part in it. Applications were accepted in nine categories:
- Student Initiatives;
- Development of social elevators;
- Initiatives of creative youth;
- Patriotic education;
- Sports, healthy lifestyles, tourism;
- Prevention of negative manifestations in the youth environment and inter-ethnic interaction;
- Strengthening of family values;
- Youth media.
The projects of our compatriots scored respectable points. For example, the highest-rated initiative belongs to Lydia Lyulko from Moscow Region – she has 291 points. The project which has become last in the list of those who has received the grant, – at the resident of Sevastopol Alexander Shumkov who has collected 267 points.
Moreover, participants were allowed to send one application, containing one project in one category. The won funds may be spent on services (public utilities, transportation and maintenance, communication services), rent, works and services for the property maintenance, purchase of non-financial assets, intangible assets and inventories. Expenses for the services of managers and project team are not included in this list. This money cannot be spent on bonuses, repayment of loans, acquisition of foreign currency, etc. A separate item is a ban on “the cost of financing political parties, campaigns and activities, preparation and conduct of rallies, demonstrations, picketing. This is an important clarification on the eve of the September elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
Yelizaveta Kustova, Director of the “House of NGOs in the Vladimir Region”, when asked by ProVladimir if her organization had helped the students in writing applications, answered in the negative. She explained that the contest was organized for individuals. As a rule, universities are involved in the design and verification of students’ projects.
We do not have a timeline for the above initiatives. Announcements of the Mosquito Festival, which was held from 2016 to 2018, were not published. We also could not find information about other events at the time of writing. But note that some of the projects can not be called unique – they were held in other regions (“Rally of journalists”, the forum “Development of student self-government”).
According to the source of ProVladimir, Rosmolodezh had always held competitions in two formats: face-to-face and in absentia. The novelty of this year is that each participant of the absentee contest must attach a video vid in which he presents his project for three minutes. More often than not, applicants get the amount they ask for. But in some cases, the amount may be reduced by a decision of the expert council, by a maximum of 20%.
Alas, there is no information in open sources about how much each of the Vladimir participants requested. But such unanimity of the contestants in the question of the size of grants caused surprise of our interlocutor as well. The attempt of the editorial office to contact the winners to clarify some questions from them was unsuccessful. Of the 10 people we wrote to, no one responded.