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What is the aim of the contest?

The idea of the NGOmap Contest is to give you a chance to submit online information about local problems near you and your proposal how to solve them. So you don’t have any experience, team or money to put your ideas into action? Don’t worry, just submit your proposal, promote it and we will invite you to take part in a special study tour to Poland. In Warsaw, the Polish capital, with help from our Contest Board, you will find out how to make it real.

How long will the NGOmap Contest go on?

Submit your ideas between 20th August and 16th September 2012. The time for voting for the best local initiative in each country is from 17th till 30th September. The contest team will announce the results on 1st October.

Who can submit an initiative?

Basically anyone can do it: a non-governmental organization, local government organization, informal groups and individuals can submit their proposals.

In which language should you submit your ideas?

It’s up to you. If you think that to submit your idea only in Azeri or Belarusian is enough, it’s ok! But think about people who can vote for you initiative. Having information translated into English or Russian let your chances for winning grow!

“Local initiative” - what is it?

Our definition is veeeeery wide. For us every action having connection with local/regional environment can be a “local initiative”: education, sport, charity, volunteering, culture, art, administration management, tourism, ecology, people-to-people contacts. You want to organize music festival in your hometown – it is an example of a local initiative! You would like to have a computer classes in your school with subjects run by experts from Microsoft – it is also a local initiative! Would you like to start to recycle waste with you neighbours? Build a bicycle path? Start a regional culture centre with music instruments for young bands? Set up a skate park? It’s all about your ideas and your will to make it happen. You want more examples for inspiration? Read stories from our board members.

How to vote?

Every internet user can vote for any initiative she or he likes. We vote using the Facebook “like” button. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Facebook account. You can use the Vkontakte “like button. You don’t have Vkontakte account either? Really? In the 21st century?
Each country has its own set of initiatives and the one which will get the most votes (total number of votes from Facebook and Vkontakte “like” buttons) wins.

How to promote your initiative?

Even if you have an amazing idea for what you want to do, it might be not enough to win the NGOmap Contest. It will be a strong competition with a lot of people and organizations who also want to win. That’s why you need to remember about a proper description of your initiative: briefly explain what the problem is and how you want to solve it. Add photos and make video promoting your idea. Start promotion in the Internet using social networks. Ask your friends to help you to win.

Who will be the winner of the NGOmap Contest?

In each Eastern Partnership country only one initiative can win.

What is the Eastern Partnership?

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is an open cooperation between the European Union (EU) and six countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The authors of this programme are Poland and Sweden.The intention behind establishing the EaP has been building closer relations and fostering collaboration among countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. The EaP core objectives are to form a political association, establish and develop a free trade area and remove visa regime.
Source: Eastbook.eu

Does the winner receive money?

We believe that giving a rod is better than giving a fish. So we don’t have money for winners. What we have for you is the opportunity to meet our experts from the Contest Board, to talk to them, discuss with them your ideas and learn how to catch a fish by yourself.

What can you win?

The main prize is a study tour to Poland in October (17-19 October) full of amazing events. You will meet members from the Contest Board to talk about implementation of your project, and also experts from the Polish Ministry of Regional Development, representatives of Polish non-governmental organizations. You will take part in lectures about PR and marketing run by professionals from international PR agencies.
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