As Church and State combine forces to grant aid to those in need, especially the refugees from Ukraine, new reports are being released frequently to give a transparency to what is being funded by the either donors or in this case taxpayers, as Putin's office allocates funds from various grant foundations to the nonprofit organizations providing the assistance.
A recent report covered the donations given to and distributed by the Church, and now this translated report below gives more information on the grants provided by the State. As it is machine translated, we apologize in advance for any errors.
Image: Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
The Presidential Grants Foundation has summarized the results of a special competition announced to support social projects in Donbas and provide assistance to "compatriots abroad”. As a result, 2 billion rubles (about 31.4 million dollars) were allocated to 493 nonprofit organizations, Ilya Chukalin, head of the Foundation, told Vedomosti.
The initiative of "comprehensive medical and social assistance to residents of Donbas and Ukraine" proposed by the Central Clinical Hospital of St. Alexis of the Metropolitan Church of Moscow came in first place by the size of the allocated grant. It was allocated 49.8 million rubles (about 780 thousand dollars). "This significantly reduces the mortality rate of the population, reduces the spread of infections and viruses, improves the quality of life of the population, and raises the morale of residents," the project description says.
Also, one of the largest grantees is the "Church Assistance to Refugees" project, which received 27.4 million rubles (about 430 thousand dollars). The Department for Church Charity and Social Ministry of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church submitted the project to the contest. It will help refugees through the headquarters and centers of the dioceses of the ROC, which will collect donations for them. It also promises legal, psychological, and other forms of assistance for the newcomers.