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First Results of Rapid Assessment: COVID 19 VS Social Work in Armenia
2020 May 15

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Invitation to participate in research on Ethical Challenges
2020 May 10

IFSW and Social Work Ethics Research Group would like to invite you to participate in research conducted by the International Federation of Social Workers and an international social work ethics research group, consisting of academics from a number of countries. The purpose of the study is to examine the ethical challenges faced by social workers globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The deadline for responses is Monday 18th May, 2020. 

The survey is available here.

 

Rapid Survey - Social Workers and COVID-19
2020 April 08

The text is available in Armenian.

AASW Annual Meeting - 2020
2020 February 29

 

From 28 to 29 of February members of AASW Council and Board gathered together to discuss achievements and difficulties of the last year and to determine the goals and next steps for 2020.

Based on made important decisions and reached agreements we can surely argue that this year is going to be full of new accomplishments and success.

IFSW Annual Report -2019
2020 February 27

 

IFSW has released its End of Year Report for 2019. The report covers many of the activities that took place last year strengthening the social work profession and its positive impact within societies and communities. IFSW expresses its greatest thanks to all its organisational national-level members and social workers worldwide for enhancing the visibility and recognition of the profession and its essential role in all societies.

The report is available here.

SOCIAL WORKERS IN AUSTRIA WENT ON STRIKE
2020 February 14

Social workers joined the 13 different organizations in the private care, health and social sector who demonstrated today in the street to reduce the working hours from 38,5 to 35 hours per week.

Do we need same type of amendments also in Armenia ?

More information is available here.

Happy Christmas and New Year
2020 January 01
Graduates of "Community Social Work" Distance Learning Program
2019 December 13
WSWD Poster 2020
2019 December 12

#WSWD2020 poster is out!

World Social Work Day 2020 is on the 17th of March. It is the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to advance our common message globally.

Download the poster on http://ifsw.org

This year, the 2020 World Social Day highlights ‘Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships’. This theme was established to build international focus on the interdependence of people and the need for change in policies and social service delivery.

Closing event of CSO DEPO & AASW
2019 November 29

The text soon will be avaliable in English.

Conference on social protection issues in Artsakh
2019 November 29

The text soon will be avaliable in English.

Discussions on State Employment Strategy
2019 November 26

Soon the text will be available in English.

Global Research on the Working Conditions of Social Workers
2019 November 17

Share your experiance and became part of a Global research on the working conditions of social workers.

The International Federation of Social Workers calls on social workers to contribute to the first-ever global research project on the working conditions of social workers.

The questionnaire is available here.

 

Award by the Association
2019 November 13

For the second year in a row, AASW awarded a special prize for the best presentation on Social Work during the YSU SSS Student's Conference.

Congratulations to Anna Davtyan for her exciting and innovative presentation and for this year's Special Prize.

International conference "Social Work and the Current Agenda for Dignified Social Protection in Armenia"
2019 November 04
The opening ceremony of the two-day international conference titled "Social Work and the Current Agenda for Dignified Social Protection in Armenia" took place today at the Yerevan State University Scientific Council.

The conference was organized by the Armenian Association of Social Workers and the Department of Social Work and Social Technologies of YSU Faculty of Sociology and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia with the support of USAID, World Vision Armenia, and UNICEF.

RA Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Zaruhi Batoyan also congratulated social workers and noted that this profession and work is perhaps the most important for a democratic, social state.

Zaruhi Batoyan expressed confidence that in the near future there will be wider opportunities for cooperation and said that she expects everyone's support.

Deputy Representative Unicef-Armenia Liv Elin Indreiten noted that the role of the social worker was very important in adopting the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

She thanked the social workers for the work and especially for the support they provided to vulnerable children.

The president of the Armenian Association of Social Workers, Mira Antonyan expressed her gratitude to the guests and participants and in her speech mentioned: "I am happy to see that we managed to form a dialogue among all the stakeholders and for now we can start a conversation with our local and international partners on the developments of the social protection system. Now we are hosting 7 professors and researchers from all over the world, which became a good tradition. We already have formed our own approach and its a good opportunity to exchange ideas with our international partners".

 

Child Protection and Social Work Workforce Development
2019 October 06

The text will be available in English soon.

Overcoming Actual Problems in Social Field
2019 March 05

The text is in Armenian.

Effective Social Services for an Accountable Social State: Developing the Agenda
2019 March 05

The Conference Announcement soon will be available in English.

Lessons Learned: After a quarter of century
2019 March 03

The article soon will be available in English.

We were the Pioneers
2019 March 02

 

The article soon will be available in English.

Empowering Community Social Workers
2019 February 08

  

Armenian Association of Social Workers is continuing its mission to promote The capacity of the social service workforce. This time the main topic of training was "Community Social Work".

The main purpose of the training was to extend the knowledge and develop skills of social service professionals on community-based social work.

In his welcoming speech to trainees vice minister of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs said: "I am assured that this kind of training is very essential for effective social policy and programs."

Welcoming speeches also were delivered by USAID representative Ani Manukyan, WVA Child Protection Programs Manager Aida Muradyan and Chairperson of Armenian Association of Social Workers Mira Antonyan.

The training was conducted by the Armenian Association of Social Workers in the frame of USAID funded "Community-level access to social services" project implemented by World Vision Armenia.

 

 

The "Anti-trafficking fight in the student's competition" program
2018 December 19

 

The knowledge-raising program of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia on the theme "Combating Trafficking in the Student Competition" was launched to raise the awareness of young people about the vulnerability and the awareness of the dangers of human trafficking. Experts of the Armenian Social Workers Association always keep in touch with young people and continue to share their experience and knowledge with them.

Mira Antonyan, Chairwoman of the Armenian Association of Social Workers' Association, and Board-member of the Armenian Social Workers Association Nune Geghamyan delivered a lecture and expert consultation on the topic had speeches about trafficking, victims of trafficking, people exploitation, causes, objectives, and sequencing of actions. Special attention was paid to the themes about misconceptions of trafficking and youth as a risk group for trafficking. During the interactive lectures youth also watched films and had discussions.

At the end of the preparatory stage, the participants were presented as antitrafficking.am and help telephone numbers as an additional information platform.

 

  

 

 


 

 

Interregional coalition dealing with the issues of children with disabilities
2018 November 28

 

The launch event and founding assembly of the Interregional coalition dealing with the issues of children's with disabilities were held on 27th November 2018. Armenian Association of Social Workers as a founding member of the Coalition expressed its support and willingness to contribute to the development of Coalition. 

The main purpose of the Coalition is to promote the development of inclusive education in Armenia and to ensure the protection of the rights of children with disabilities by increasing the impact of CSOs on the development and implementation of public policy in this sphere.

Within the framework of the founding assembly, 33 member organizations discussed the main directions and joint action plan of the Coalition.

 

«Սոցիալական պաշտպանության դերը կայուն զարգացման օրակարգում. չանտեսելով ոչ ոքի» խորագիրը կրող միջազգային համաժողով Հայաստանում
2018 November 18

The post soon will be available in English.

EU supports professionalization of social workers in Eastern Partnership countries
2018 May 04

The European Union and the Austrian Development Agency support the project "Social Workers in Collaboration for Social Change". It is implemented by the Austrian organization "Hilfswerk International" in cooperation with the Georgian Association of Social Workers (GASW), the Armenian Association of Social Workers (AASW), the Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union (ASWPU) and the Nursing Association of the Republic of Moldova (NARM) in the time period August 2015 until May 2018.

The main aim of the project has been to contribute to the social well-being of vulnerable groups, to greater social justice and social change by developing and strengthening the concept of and access to social work in the four project countries.

On 28th of March, 2018 was held the closing conference of the Project, where were presented the main results achieved over the course of the project․ 

Please see attached the Post-Press Release for Conference.

More information can be found here.

 

CHILDREN’S VOICE FOR AN ACCOUNTABLE SOCIAL STATE
2017 August 22

How do children in Armenia participate in the decision-making process about their future? What are the main gaps in child protection field and how to find their solutions?

To answer these questions, the Armenian Association of Social Workers organized a Youth camp for current and former beneficiaries of child care institutions in Armenia. The camp took place in Yenokavan village of Tavush province in July, 2017.

Activities performed at the camp gave children the opportunity to express their own views on child protection issues and suggest possible solutions.

The camp also hosted participants from Norwegian “Stiftelsen Hiimsmoenkollektivet” organization, who shared their own experience on specific cases.

The child participation principle served as a basis for the whole concept of the camp. This idea is expressed through the creation of appropriate conditions and opportunities for children to be heard, to freely express themselves, to be protected from all forms of violence and discrimination. This is one of the fundamental principles of the Association, and it stems from the best interests of the child.

Consolidated results and complete analysis will be shared at a public hearing to be held in Fall of 2017.

[The Youth camp was conducted by the Armenian Association of Social Workers through the support of UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) in July 10-14, 2017 in the frame of “Acting together for an Accountable Social State in Armenia” project].

Accountable Social State: Citizen’s Voices from the Field
2017 August 14

 

Do citizens of Armenia participate in local social protection reforms? To what extent they are involved in decision-making processes? What prevents them from fully participating in this process?   

The Armenian Association of Social Workers (AASW) asked the aforementioned questions at 12 Town-Hall meetings with the participation of more than 800 citizens in all 11 regions of Armenia. 

AASW consolidated and analyzed concerns and recommendations expressed by the participants in regards to citizen perception and awareness of social reforms. The Town Hall format became a platform for them to provide recommendations on the current reforms in the social protection system. In particular the following topics were covered during those discussions: reorganization of childcare institutions; social protection for people with disabilities; prevention of domestic violence; and the introduction of integrated social services.

One of the common concerns raised by citizens during the meetings was the lack of social services in marzes, as well as the inaccessibility of and poor collaboration between existing local services. These and other issues directly affect the quality of provided services and consequently the possible resolution of local social problems.     

“ … there is a USUAL PRACTICE in this system, which will never make it function properly.

We are not yet ready for those changes…”

It was evident that the town hall participants were skeptical about systemic reforms to the social protection system. However, citizens did express hope that new reforms would lead to desired changes and were enthusiastic to share their recommendations for supporting the reform processes. 

Based on some of the recommendations from participants at these meetings, AASW believes that citizens lack reliable information on the current social reforms. Information on legislative amendments are either inaccessible to citizens or provided to citizens after the legislation has already been implemented, meaning a participatory approach does not exist for citizens to express their views in those changes.   

“ … We would appreciate if there is at least an informational leaflet available

to raise our awareness about the current processes….”

Town hall meetings have been conducted through the support of UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) in the frame of “Acting together for an Accountable Social State in Armenia” project.

Consolidated results and complete analysis will be shared at a public hearing to be held in Fall of 2017.

IFSW e.V Delegates Meeting 26-28 of May, Reykjavik, Iceland
2017 May 30

Reykjavik (Iceland) hosted the IFSW European Delegates Meeting 2017 on 26-28 of May. The Armenian Association of Social Workers has been represented by the President of the Association Mira Antonyan and the Executive Director Manane Petrosyan.

The meeting has been welcomed by the Icelandic Association of Social Workers and attended by overall 45 Delegated from 22 European countries. 

Manane Petrosyan has been re-elected to serve as the First Deputy Executive for a one-year-period.

World Social Work Day 2017
2017 March 24

 

World Social Work Day for the first time was launched by The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) in 1983. Later other social work organizations such as the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) also have joined to this initiative.  By the time World Social Work Day has become a highpoint in the social work calendar.

Already 34 years World Social Work Day is being celebrated  on every 3rd Tuesday in March. On this date social work organizations throughout the world take actions and implement activities to message their governments, communities, and peer professional groups on the unique and significant role of the social work profession in the lives of individuals, families and communities. The actions highlight social work’s approach to facilitating sustainable community outcomes by applying a developmental and capacity building approach coupled with advocating for social justice and human rights.

The themes of WSWD are set for two years according to the goals of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development:

Every year IFSW produces a poster announcing World Social Work Day. Besides poster, as always World Social Work Day activities are being implemented under some themes. These themes are parts of Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Developmnet. This year the theme is “Promoting community and environmental sustainability”. 

World Social Work Day events have become so successful in recent years that it is now generally considered as highlight of international solidarity and cooperation of social workers.

 

SUB-GRANTS PROGRAMME Questions & Answers
2017 March 17

 Social Workers in Collaboration for Social Change in Eastern Neighbourhood Countries (SWIC)

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SUB-GRANTS PROGRAMME

 

Questions & Answers

Questions related to the applicants and their experience:

  1. What is preferable way of sub-grant application: in consortium or single CSO? Is there any advantage in this case?

According to point 2.2. of the Guidelines, “Eligible applicants can either apply alone (without partners) or act together with other partners”. This implies that there is no preference as to applications by single CSOs or CSOs acting as consortium and applications will be evaluated in the same way. Preference, however, will be given to applicants representing “smaller CSOs registered in regions outside the capital“ (point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines). If several CSOs decide to cooperate as a group (consortium), “at least one applicant (lead applicant or co-applicant) of the group must be registered outside the capital” (point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines). The input of each organization should be clearly justified in the Application and the share of responsibilities clearly stated in point 5 of the Grant Application Form. Furthermore, the share of responsibilities should also be reflected in the Budget.

  1. Please specify what you mean by saying that international organisations and their local branches/representative offices are not eligible. What if the local branches are registered as local NGOs?

Eligibility of organisations is clearly defined in point 2.2.1 of the Guideline. Eligible applicants are those registered in Armenia only. Any international organisation or their local branches which are not registered as local CSOs are not eligible for this call.

  1. Can the Lead organization be based in the capital?

According to point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines, “smaller CSOs registered in regions outside the capital are particularly encouraged to apply”. This at the same time implies that CSOs registered in the capital can also apply for this call, if project activities take place “in one or several regions of the country outside the capital” (point 2.3.3. of the Guidelines).

  1. What do you mean by proven experience of project implementation? How it should be proved?

According to point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines, the lead applicant must “have demonstrable experience of implementing at least two projects, each with a min. project budget of at least 33% of the requested grant amount, preferably related to the social field, in Armenia within the last 5 years, thereof at least one mainly targeting one or several regions outside the capital”. To prove this experience, please fill in the table under point 9.1 of the Grant Application Form.

According to point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines, co-applicants “are obligatorily required to prove that min. two employees that will be involved in the Action on behalf of the co-applicant have been involved in the coordination or implementation of donor-funded projects for min. 6 months each by indicating the names of the suggested employees, the name of the projects they have been involved, their function in these projects, the implementing organisations, contact data of referees, donors and duration of their involvement”. To prove this experience, please fill in the table under point 9.2 of the Grant Application Form.

  1. If the organization was established just a year ago or this year and it doesn’t have experience with projects, is it eligible to apply?

According to point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines, in order to qualify as a lead applicant, an organization should “have demonstrable experience of implementing at least two projects, each with a min. project budget of at least 33% of the requested grant amount, preferably related to the social field, in Armenia within the last 5 years, thereof at least one mainly targeting one or several regions outside the capital”.

If an organization does not have sufficient project experience, it can alternatively cooperate with an eligible lead applicant and apply as co-applicant (see point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines for the eligibility criteria of co-applicants).

  1. If only NGOs can apply for the program. Can city halls also apply? (In some city halls there is the department of Social Assistance)

According to points 2.2.1 and 2.2.2 of the Guidelines, eligible applicants must be non-profit making civil society organizations.

  1. Оur organization operates in the capital and has several filials  (one of them in the east part of the country). The filial  has been implementing projects (in region) written by capital branch.  But till March the regional filial will be registered as an independent organization, but still will provide the same services. Is it possible for it to apply in grant competition? Can they show the experience they had while they were a filial of our main office?

According to point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines, “smaller CSOs registered in regions outside the capital are particularly encouraged to apply”. This at the same time implies that CSOs registered in the capital can also apply for this call, if project activities take place “in one or several regions of the country outside the capital” (point 2.3.3. of the Guidelines). In order to qualify as a lead applicant, an organization should “have demonstrable experience of implementing at least two projects, each with a min. project budget of at least 33% of the requested grant amount, preferably related to the social field, in Armenia within the last 5 years, thereof at least one mainly targeting one or several regions outside the capital” (point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines).

  1. Is it relevant for the grant competition if a grant applicant (registered, experienced organization) will apply with a project which will refer to strengthening the organizations that are not registered as an organization yet but operated as a non-formal one?

Only registered organizations can act either as lead or co-applicants under this call, non-formal organizations are not eligible (see points 2.2.1 and 2.2.2 of the Guidelines).

 

  1. Should we include CVs of the project staff (personal information and working experience) together with the grant application documents?

Provision of separate CVs is not necessary; please only fill in the tables of point 9.2. of the Grant Application Form.

  1. The applicant organization must include a Copy of the registration certificate in its project documentation. But there is a question: The certificate is the one that was made when organization was established or an extract from National Agency of Public Registry that also shows if there was any changes made recently. Which one do you think is more relevant?

If any changes were made to the registration certificate since the first registration, please provide a more recent extract from the National Agency of Public Registry.

  1. If both previous projects (in the guide is stated the organization should have at least 2 achieved projects) should constitute 33% or for each project.

According to point 2.2.1 of the Grant Guidelines, (lead) applicants must have demonstrable experience of implementing at least two projects in the country within the last 5 years, preferably related to the social field, whereby at least one should have mainly targeted one or several regions outside the capital. Thereby each of these two projects should have had a minimum project budget of at least 33% of the requested grant amount.

  1. Does the required 33% for both Lead and Co-applicant? Should it be constituted out of one project only or all projects?

According to point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines, in order to qualify as a lead applicant, an organization should “have demonstrable experience of implementing at least two projects, each with a min. project budget of at least 33% of the requested grant amount, preferably related to the social field, in Armenia within the last 5 years, thereof at least one mainly targeting one or several regions outside the capital”. This implies that each of these two reference projects of the lead applicant should have had a minimum project budget of at least 33% of the requested grant amount.

According to point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines, “co-applicants can, but are not required to provide evidence on one or several successfully implemented projects.” This implies that they do not have to state reference projects. If they nevertheless decide to state reference projects under point 9.2 of the Grant Application Form, then no restrictions as to the minimum project budget apply to these reference projects.

However, according to point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines, co-applicants “are obligatorily required to prove that min. two employees that will be involved in the Action on behalf of the co-applicant have been involved in the coordination or implementation of donor-funded projects for min. 6 months each by indicating the names of the suggested employees, the name of the projects they have been involved, their function in these projects, the implementing organisations, contact data of referees, donors and duration of their involvement by filling in table 9.2 of the Grant Application Form.

  1. Should the co-solicitants also have 2 previous projects?

According to point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines, “co-applicants can, but are not required to provide evidence on one or several successfully implemented projects. Instead, they are obligatorily required to prove that min. two employees that will be involved in the Action on behalf of the co-applicant have been involved in the coordination or implementation of donor-funded projects for min. 6 months each by indicating the names of the suggested employees, the name of the projects they have been involved, their function in these projects, the implementing organisations, contact data of referees, donors and duration of their involvement” by filling in table 9.2 of the Grant Application Form.

  1. If the organization was the co-solicitant in another project but it didn’t manage itself the funds, can it apply for the project?

If the organization can show that it managed part of the project funds and this part is at least 33% of the requested grant amount, this project can be accepted as relevant reference project.

If an organization does not have sufficient project experience, it can alternatively cooperate with an eligible lead applicant and apply as co-applicant (see point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines for the eligibility criteria of co-applicants).

  1. If an organization is newly established and does not have any project experience, but the director of this organization has a proven track record of managing bulk projects, can this organization apply as lead applicant?

According to point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines, in order to qualify as a lead applicant, an organization should “have demonstrable experience of implementing at least two projects”. This implies that the grant recipient should be the organization, not an individual person.

If an organization does not have sufficient project experience and only selected staff members of this organizations, it can alternatively cooperate with an eligible lead applicant and apply as co-applicant (see point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines for the eligibility criteria of co-applicants).

Questions related to the project scope, eligible activities and expected results:

  1. If a project applicant decides to choose the third option (named as C in project application guidelines) from section 2.3.5 of project application guidelines, does this mean the applicant must choose point (a) or (b) in this case, or applicant can use the surveys/researches done recently and also concepts made after that?

It is not necessary to conduct all activities listed under 2.3.5 in sequence. Surveys/research recently conducted and concepts made can of course be used and should not be duplicated by the project proposal.

However, winning applicants must choose minimum 2 of the stated activities. Only choosing the third option would not be sufficient. Furthermore, according to point 2.3.5 “for each chosen activity, applicants have to obligatorily incorporate a Social Work component”.

Applicants wishing to pilot services need to give sufficient justification for the proposed pilot concept and why especially this pilot concept was chosen. Justification can either be developed in the course of the project (e.g. by conducting analyses/surveys and subsequently developing concepts) or by referring to already previously conducted research/surveys outside of the framework of the suggested project and its main findings in the Grant Application Form (point 3 / background).

  1. Is it possible to make a research of needs and give recommendations? Is it possible to build project only on those two activities?

Applicants are free to choose minimum 2 of the eligible activities listed under point 2.3.5., However, for each chosen activity, applicants have to obligatorily incorporate a Social Work component, e.g. by analyzing social work specific issues in the context of family strengthening and preservation or improved inter-sectorial cooperation, by demonstrating how Social Work can contribute to improvements in before stated areas, etc.

  1. Is it preference to focus on a specific social issue, such as domestic violence and child abuse in selected villages and work on actions on the improvement of family strengthening policy from this perspective. This would mean to focus on victims of domestic violence and child abuse as the relevant target group. Or: - to focus on a more general social level in the selected villages and on the policy which should be in place and to work on measures which are missing - in the field of protection of families. This would mean to address primarily vulnerable families in general on the village level.

Winning applications can clearly demonstrate the specific pre-action situation in the target region(s) and/or community(ies); identify specific problems; and define a logical, sequential sequence of activities (comprising minimum two of the eligible activities listed under point 2.3.) that address this specific problem and that contribute to a coherent and consistent project design and sustainable project outcome. Depending on the identified problem and the chosen approach, actions may address one or several policy and impact levels and involve different stakeholder groups, if duly explained and justified in the Grant Application.

  1. Is piloting a mandatory activity for this call?

No, piloting services (point 2.3.5 (c) of the Grant Guidelines) is not an obligatory activity. Applicants are free to choose minimum 2 of the eligible activities listed under point 2.3.5. However, when applicant(s) choose to test concepts in practice and pilot services, a professional social worker with social work degree as consultant or practitioner has to be involved obligatorily. The only obligatory requirement would be to incorporate a Social Work component, e.g. by analyzing social work specific issues in the context of family strengthening and preservation or improved inter-sectorial cooperation, by demonstrating how Social Work can contribute to improvements in before stated areas, etc. in any chosen activity.

  1. Please specify what do you mean by "incorporate a Social Work component"?

According to point 2.3.5, “for each chosen activity, applicants have to obligatorily incorporate a Social Work component, e.g. by analyzing social work specific issues in the context of family strengthening and preservation or improved inter-sectorial cooperation, by demonstrating how Social Work can contribute to improvements in before stated areas, etc.”

  1. Is cooperation with local government and state agencies mandatory?

Applicants are free to choose minimum 2 activities from the list of eligible activities stated under point 2.3.5, whereby points (e) and (f) explicitly focus on inter-agency and inter-sectorial cooperation. Even if an applicant does not chose either of these two points and plans to implement a set of specific activities on inter-agency cooperation, he should be plan involvement, regular consultations and cooperation with relevant stakeholders, amongst them local government and state agencies, wherever possible to increase the sustainability of the planned Action. Winning applicants will be able to prove in their Grant Application how they intend to involve relevant stakeholders in the planned Action.

  1. Please explain whether the project can be implemented in the capital whereas serve beneficiaries coming from the regions?

According to point 2.3.3 of the Guidelines, “actions shall take place in one or several regions of the country outside of the capital.” This is irrespective of the fact where the beneficiaries come from.

  1. Can the project be implemented only in 1 village or more?

According to point 2.3.3 of the Guidelines, “actions shall take place in one or several regions of the country outside of the capital.” If the project is only implemented in 1 or several villages, not an entire region, the applicant should clearly demonstrate how he intends to balance the ratio between the proposed estimated expenses and the expected results (including number of target groups and final beneficiaries).

Questions related to the project budget and eligible costs:

  1. Is it possible for the applicant organization to have a service contract with research organization? (the applicant organization plans to study a concrete issue but has no experience or staff to research on the issue)

According to 2.5.1, point D, of the Grant Guidelines national external experts are eligible direct costs. Service contracts with a research organization fall under this category too.

  1. Is it possible for the applicant organization to have a contract with a State Social Service agency representative (to hire her/him as a consultant or as an expert?) The State Social Agency is  a Public Legal Entity.

According to 2.5.2. of the Grant Guidelines, “salary costs of the personnel of governmental state and local administrations” are ineligible costs. If this person is however hired as an external Social Work expert for his/her input in the project and if staff members of state social agencies are allowed to conclude service or similar contracts next to their usual work under the local labour law, then hiring this person as consultant would be acceptable.

  1. If social workers engaged in city halls can be engaged in the project as experts.

According to 2.5.2. of the Grant Guidelines, “salary costs of the personnel of governmental state and local administrations” are ineligible costs. If this person is however hired as an external Social Work expert for his/her input in the project and if staff members of city halls are allowed to conclude service or similar contracts next to their usual work under the local labour law, then hiring this person as expert would be acceptable.

  1. If civil servants can be engaged in the project as experts.

According to 2.5.2. of the Grant Guidelines, “salary costs of the personnel of governmental state and local administrations” are ineligible costs. If this person is however hired as an external expert for his/her input in the project and if civil servants are allowed to conclude service or similar contracts next to their usual work under the local labour law, then hiring this person as expert would be acceptable.

  1. In the guidelines there is furniture indicated under eligible costs but does it include also e.g a bed (not office furniture)?

In principle any kind of furniture is eligible for funding, as long as it is directly linked with the planned Action, the necessity to purchase this furniture is well explained and justified and the overall budget is well balanced. The type of furniture would essentially depend on the nature of the project and the suggested services. For instance, if an organization decides to also pilot social services and for this would need e.g. beds for a child day center and if this is well explained and justified, then such beds would also be acceptable, as long as the majority of the expenses would not be spent on furniture.

  1. Are eligible activities that renovate some centres for vulnerable people, the elderly, disabled, etc. Can the organization purchase equipment, furniture, etc.? Can it provide community centres with the necessary equipment so the center can provide social work for children, minors with disabilities and the elderly?

In principle any kind of furniture and equipment is eligible for funding, as long as it is directly linked with the planned Action, the necessity to purchase this furniture is well explained and justified and the overall budget is well balanced. The type of furniture and equipment would essentially depend on the nature of the project and the suggested services. For instance, if an organization decides to also pilot social services and for this would need e.g. beds for a child day center and if this is well explained and justified, then such beds would also be acceptable, as long as the majority of the expenses would not be spent on furniture.

  1. Is there any limits for salaries or any other budget line?

There is no pre-set limitation on the project staff members, but each position should be necessary for the project implementation, duly justified in the budget and each member should have a clear role in the team, which will be subject of the assessment. Costs must be necessary for carrying out the project activities and comply with the principles of sound financial management, in particular value for money (price-quality ratio) and cost-effectiveness.

  1. Which percent of the total sum is allowed for salaries?

Please refer to answer to question 31.

  1. Can an international expert be invited for the implementation of the grant program?

According to 2.5.1 of the Grant Guidelines, only national external experts are eligible.

  1. Is the office rent an acceptable cost for the grant program and if yes where this has to be indicated in the budget?

Yes, office rent would be an eligible cost, if directly connected with the proposed project.

However, office rent would only be regarded as eligible indirect costs and as such does not have to be indicated in the budget separately.

According to point 2.5.1 of the Grant Guidelines “Indirect costs refer to the following: overhead for Action management, such as rent of project office and electricity/heating/maintenance of office, communication (phone/mobile phone/Internet fees), bank charges and financial services, office supplies etc. The indirect costs incurred in carrying out the action will be covered by flat-rate funding (i.e. by applying a percentage of the eligible direct costs fixed ex ante), but the total must not exceed 7 % of the estimated total eligible direct costs. The applicant will be asked to justify the percentage requested before the contract is signed. However, once the flat rate has been fixed in the grant contract, no supporting documents need to be provided.”

  1. Do social entrepreneurship activities (aiming to ensure organization’s sustainability) are considered as eligible costs?

Costs to secure the sustainability of the Action after the implementation period are in principle acceptable.

  1. What is the budget percentage for lead and co-applicant (50/50?)

It is up to the applicants to agree on their share of involvement in the Action, the share of their responsibilities and the appropriate share of the budget. It is left to the agreement between the applicants. Please note however that all partners should have real roles in project implementation, the input of each organization should be clearly justified in the Application and the share of responsibilities clearly stated in point 5 of the Grant Application Form. Furthermore, the share of responsibilities should also be reflected in the Budget.

  1. Will sub-grants be VAT exempted?

Before the implementation of the small grant projects, AASW will apply for VAT exemption for project costs which are covered by the small grant (funded by EU).

  1. Please explain whether charity activities (like house construction for poor families) are considered to be eligible under this program?

This call is seeking to support the comprehensive developments of social services with a particular focus on social work services and inter-agency / inter-sectorial cooperation on community level. Winning applications can demonstrate a logical, sequential sequence of different inter-related activities that contribute to a coherent and consistent project design and a sustainable project outcome. Therefore actions concerned only or mainly with construction, procurement of works or supplies, one-off events or pure charity or humanitarian activities are not eligible. The types of eligible activities are listed in the point 2.3.5 of the Grant Guidelines.

  1. Can the organization donate financial support to vulnerable families?

Please refer to answer to question 37.

Questions related to administrative issues and evaluation criteria:

  1. Our organization is serving beneficiaries after they are addressed to us by the State Social Agency. For the project implementation we would have to cooperate with the State Social Agency in order to have outreach to the beneficiaries. Should we include a letter of cooperation with State Social Agency with all the project documents? Or they we present it later in case project wins? The same question regarding the Memorandum.

For the application, please only describe any previous or intended consultations and cooperation with SSA under point 4.5 and point 5 of the Application Form. It is not necessary to provide any letter of cooperation with SSA at this stage. You should however ascertain yourself that cooperation with SSA will be possible in order to implement the project activities as suggested. A letter would only be necessary, in case a grant agreement is signed.

  1. When the application is written in application form, the small tips should be deleted or not? (for example tips about what a sustainability of the project means?) Because it also takes space of application form.

Yes, the small tips can be deleted when filling in the Grant Application Form. However, please make sure to provide information on all points requested under the headings and in the order in which it is requested.

  1. The question about the shrift of the application. If the applicant writes the project in Armenian then the shrift cannot be ARIAL as it is English. How will be the shrift checked (e.g generally a shrift Sylfaen is used in Armenia)

If the application is written in Sylfaen 10 characters with 2 cm margins, single line spacing should be used.

  1. The project summary should be in English plus Armenian or written in one of them?

If the Grant Application is prepared in Armenian, then the “Summary of the Action” has to be submitted in English. If the grant Application is prepared in English, then the “Summary of the Action” has to be prepared in Armenian.

  1. If the application form should be in English too or just the summary of the project, if it is written in the native language.

If the Grant Application is written in native language, then the “Summary of the Action” has to be submitted in English.

  1. What are the requirements for the reporting in case of group application?

Upon award, the funds of the small grant project will be transferred to the lead applicant, covering the whole grant amount and any potential co-applicants. Therefore the lead applicant will be responsible to provide comprehensive financial and narrative reporting for the entire Action including parts of any potential co-applicants) to the Donor.