2021 Awardee: A.O. Pomul Vieții

A.O. Pomul Vieții proposes to use a grant of $3000 to launch a self-sustaining tree planting business. Tree types common to forests and attractive to pollinators will be cultivated by 3-5 mentally-disabled young people at the Speranța și Sănătate Day Center for People with Mental Disabilities with training and support from Pomul Vieții staff. Profits from sales will go to the workers and maintain equipment and facilities, to ensure the continuation of the project. Program staff will be responsible for sales to individuals, local organizations, and local & national government! The completed greenhouse will also serve as an environmental education center for neurotypical middle- and high-school students in the region.

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Grants from The Friends of Moldova
2020 Cycle CLOSED

The Friends of Moldova periodically issue calls for proposals for small grants from Moldovan nonprofits, initiative groups, and aspiring social entrepreneurs. Applications may be for funding, or for technology, equipment, or educational materials. Projects involving youth and young adults will be prioritized. However, any project that will benefit the community will be considered!

We are not currently accepting applications for funding. Please wait until our next funding cycle (estimated to be in 2021).

An example Project Budget is available here. / Un exemplu de buget al proiectului este disponibil aici. / Пример бюджета проекта доступен здесь.

For application and procedure documents in English:

Dacă doriți o copie a formularului de cerere în română:

Если вам нужна копия формы заявки на русском языке

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) / Întrebări frecvente / Часто задаваемые вопросы


Can an initiative group with no legal status apply for the grant?

Can a State Institution apply for the grant? (i.e. a municipal youth center)

Can a company registered as a SRL apply for the grant?
If it acts as a social entrepreneur, yes.


What costs are eligible?
Costs that can be justified to implement the project are justified. Alcohol, drugs, and weapons are strictly prohibited.

What are the time limits for the grant?
Within 1 year of being awarded the grant.

How are Youth defined?
Anyone up to age 35

Is it important to have a dollar bank account?

My initiative group is located in Transnistria, will it be a problem?
We can work only with a partner organization in Moldova which implements projects in Transnistria. We cannot work directly with a organizations in Transnistrian due to diplomatic issues and problems with money transfer.


What are the priorities of the grant program?
Youth and community development and social entrepreneurship

How many projects will be funded? Will there be funding for several projects or just one of those that apply?
1 or a group of projects that totals $3,000 USD.

Where do the funds allocated for grants come from?
Membership fees and donations from our community, mainly in the US.


Poate solicita subvenția un grup de inițiativă fără statut juridic?

Poate solicita o subvenție o instituție de stat? (un centru municipal de tineret, etc.)

Poate solicita subvenția o companie înregistrată ca SRL?
Dacă acționează ca un antreprenoriat social, da.


Ce costuri sunt eligibile?
Costurile care pot fi justificate pentru implementarea proiectului sunt justificate. Alcoolul, drogurile și armele sunt strict interzise.

Care sunt termenele pentru acordarea grantului?
În termen de 1 an de la acordarea grantului.

Cum sunt definite tineretul?
Oricine cu vârsta de până la 35 de ani

Este important să aveți un cont bancar în dolari?

Grupul meu de inițiativă este situat în Transnistria, va fi o problemă?
Putem lucra numai cu o organizație din Moldova care implementează proiecte în parteneriat cu Transnistria. Nu putem să colaborăm direct cu o organizație transnistreană din cauza diplomaticii și a problemelor legate de transferul de bani.


Care sunt prioritățile programului de granturi?
Dezvoltarea tineretului și a comunității și antreprenoriatul social

Câte proiecte vor fi finanțate? Va exista finanțare pentru mai multe proiecte sau doar unul dintre cele care se aplică?
Unu sau un grup de proiecte care totalizează 3.000 USD.

De unde provin fondurile alocate pentru granturi?
Abonamente membrilor și donații din partea comunității noastre. Majoritatea de bani donați vin din SUA.

Право на участие

Может ли инициативная группа без юридического статуса подать заявку на грант?

Может ли государственное учреждение подать заявку на получение гранта? (То есть муниципальный молодежный центр)

Может ли компания, зарегистрированная как SRL, подать заявку на грант?
Если он действует как социальное предпринимательство, то да.


Какие расходы приемлемы?
Затраты, которые могут быть оправданы на реализацию проекта, оправданы. Алкоголь, наркотики и оружие строго запрещены.

Какой срок выполнения гранта?
В течение 1 года с момента присуждения гранта.

Как определяется молодежь?
Все до 35 лет

Важно ли иметь долларовый банковский счет?

Моя инициативная группа находится в Приднестровье, это будет проблемой?
Мы можем работать только с партнерской организацией в Молдове, которая реализует проекты в Приднестровье, но не напрямую с приднестровской организацией из-за дипломатических проблем и проблем с переводом денег.

Другие Вопросы

Какие приоритеты грантовой программы?
Молодежное и общественное развитие и социальное предпринимательство

Сколько проектов будет профинансировано? Будет ли финансирование на несколько проектов или только на один из поданных?
Один или группа проектов на общую сумму 3000 долларов США.

Откуда берутся средства, выделяемые на гранты?
Абонемент членов и пожертвования от нашего сообщества, в основном в США.

About Us

We at The Friends of Moldova believe that local communities understand their own needs and aspirations best. Moldovans must be the leaders, decision-makers, and problem-solvers shaping their communities' futures.

We have structured our organization to activate a vast network of action-oriented community members, in-country Peace Corps Volunteers, returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Friends of Moldova members. The support of our members and other donors empowers local community members to take direct action to resolve problems in their community.

We financially support small, community-driven projects in Moldova, providing grants in a simple, quick and accountable way to ensure that necessary funding is provided immediately and is used effectively.

Our Board & Committee

Bartosz Gawarecki
Moldova 2015 - 2018

Bartosz served in the Republic of Moldova from 2015-2018 with the Peace Corps Community and Organizational Development program. He assisted in developing an environmental nonprofit and organizing programs for at-risk youth. In Lansing, Bartosz continued helping the community by starting a home care business that helps elderly and disabled refugees. He also helped start the Friends of Moldova, a nonprofit with the mission of supporting Moldovan youth for civil engagement and entrepreneurship. Outside of work, he enjoys playing soccer and travelling. He strives to help people grow and to make the world more environmentally friendly.

Maddie Mcgrath
Moldova 2017 - 2020

Maddie served in Moldova with the Peace Corps Community and Organizational Development program from 2017-2020. She worked with a variety of nonprofits and public institutions to develop fundraising strategies, project planning, and management. She returned home early due to COVID and brought the Peace Corps mentality home with her by volunteering with a variety of community organizations. In fall 2020 she plans to begin her masters for Development Studies in the UK. She helped to start a nonprofit called Friends of Moldova that has a goal of supporting community initiatives through a small grants program.

Jeff Liu
Moldova 2014 - 2016

Jeff was sent to the Republic of Moldova with the Peace Corps Small Enterprise Development program.
He participated in business advising committees and consulted with mainly environmental non-profits and community development organizations. In Austin, Jeff kept following his non-profit heart and now works in the healthcare sector. Outside of volunteering with non profits, he enjoys running and climbing. He strives to be more involved in the Austin community and finding a situation to adopt a dog.

Katrina Broughman
Fundraising & Social Media Committees
Moldova 2015 - 2017

Katrina taught as an English Education volunteer, worked with active youth to lead environmental programs, and learned both Romanian and Russian as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova. Upon her return to Virginia (VA), Katrina continued her career as an educator and became a certified VA Master Naturalist in 2018. Now a Lexington homeowner who enjoys nature, writing music, and spending time with loved ones, she teaches 8th Grade English and sponsors the Environmental Leadership Club in Nelson County. Katrina has held various roles for nonprofits (Boxerwood Nature Center, Boys and Girls Club, The Institute for Reform and Solutions, Shenandoah Green, VA Network for Democracy and Environmental Rights, and Rockfish Valley Foundation): board member, program director, project manager, community organizer, social media manager, grants writer, researcher, instructor. Graduating in May 2021 with her Master’s in Education from Mary Baldwin University with a concentration in Environment-Based Learning and additional graduate coursework in Sociology from Morehead State University (Kentucky), Katrina hopes to one day get her Ph.D. and become a professor.


Our Members are Friends of Moldova who help run our organization: in exchange for a small contribution, Members receive special updates on our organization's financial health and status, have special volunteering opportunities, and are invited to a Members-only meeting each year. During this meeting, each member in good standing has an equal say in which grant application(s) should be funded by the Friends of Moldova (from a select number curated by a Grants Selection Committee.)
Members are also able to nominate themselves or others for committees, and vote during annual Board and Committee Member elections.

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