Nornickel announces the launch of revamped competition for socially responsible initiatives

Next year, NornickelPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary will be spending RUB 155 mln to support social initiatives of non-profit organisations, government and municipal bodies, and corporate volunteers, adding RUB 30 mln to the budget of previous years.

This year, the competition rules have been updated: grants and implementation periods were increased for certain categories, and a new category was added. Previously, the POLE OF NORTH nomination used to include two subcategories, which was inconvenient for applicants. The decision was made to split the category into two — NATURE POLE (environmental initiatives) with the grant increase from RUB 500,000 to RUB 1 mln, and POLE OF NORTH (furthering Arctic tourism services and research in specially protected natural areas) with an up to RUB 5 mln grant fund.

For POLE OF GOODNESS (development of volunteer movement and support for the most vulnerable population groups), the grant increased from RUB 700,000 to RUB 1 mln.

For the POLE OF THE FUTURE (new methods and technologies in engaging children, teenagers, and young people), POLE OF RENAISSANCE (maintaining and revival of cultural heritage), and POLE OF ENERGY (physical education and mass sport) nominations, the grant went up from RUB 1 mln to RUB 1.5 mln.

For POLE OF THE CITY (urban improvement), the award amount increased from RUB 5 mln to RUB 6.5 mln, with the implementation period extended to two years.

“We welcome complex infrastructure projects that rely on Nornickel’s financial aid to make a difference for the regions and cities where we operate,” said Svetlana Ivchenko, Head of the Social Policy Department at Nornickel. “Projects like this take a lot of effort and planning. An ice hockey rink takes a whole year to complete and can accommodate regular classes only starting the second year. We decided to offer better terms of the competition to let our cities benefit from the cooperation between the CompanyPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel"Go to the glossary and involved communities.”

The changes did not affect two categories — POLE OF GROWTH (organisational development of non-profit entities) and NEW POLE (social projects of schoolchildren), where the grant fund remains unchanged at RUB 700,000 and RUB 100,000, respectively.

Another new feature is online application through the platform, which streamlines both the submission process and assessment by the expert council.

The project spans areas where the Company’s production assets are located — Norilsk and Taimyrsky Dolgano-Nenetsky District in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Monchegorsk and the Pechengsky District in the Murmansk Region, and Chita and the Gazimuro-Zavodsky District in the Trans-Baikal Territory.

The competition results will traditionally be announced on 25 December 2019.

For the competition rules please go to Sustainability — Society — World of New Opportunities on our website at

Notes to editors:

The Socially Important Initiatives Competition seeking to support public initiatives and facilitate sustainable development is crucial to the World of New Opportunities charitable programme, implemented by Nornickel since 2014. Over the last five years, the competition drew 2,002 bids, out of which 526 were selected for funding, with the total of RUB 513.5 mln allocated by the Company.