A total of 142 contest entries were received. An Expert Council consisting of independent community project experts and ENL specialists was created to review the entries. The Council reviewed and evaluated the entries, and recommended 87 projects for funding: 56 projects from Sakhalin Oblast and 31 projects from Khabarovsk Krai. .
Funds will be transferred to the contest winners in the beginning of the next year. The funding will be provided by the international consortium Sakhalin-1, which consists of the Japanese company SODECO, Rosneft subsidiaries SMNG-Shelf and RN-Astra, the Indian state oil company ONGC Videsh, and Exxon Neftegas Limited, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.
These programs which are one of the most important ways in which the Sakhalin-1 Consortium support the local communities and the Sakhalin-1 Consortium continued to support socially significant initiatives in 2021, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sakhalin-1 Consortium supports initiatives in the fields of education, health care, culture, sports, support for Indigenous Minority Peoples of the North (IMN), and environmental education.
In addition to awarding funding through the contest, the Consortium will continue to support community projects in 2022 as part of its long-term charitable programs. These include projects to help support healthcare and education, promote healthy and athletic lifestyles, and projects in other priority areas.
Notable examples of community projects implemented in 2021 with support of the Sakhalin-1 Consortium, both as a result of the grant contest and as part of long-term partnerships, are:
• Opening of a laboratory to expand access to COVID-19 testing for residents of the northern regions of Sakhalin;
• Purchases of various medical equipment for Sakhalin hospitals and clinics, including for the treatment of respiratory diseases, as well as for the treatment of cancer patients who are at a risk of COVID-19 complications;
• Support of the Petroleum Engineering Program for students of SakhSU Technical Oil and Gas Institute, who will receive a second diploma from the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas after successful completion of the program;
• Support of educational projects such as “Eureka: A Path to Success” — a project to support and educate children interested in science, a 3D city tour and virtual reality technology development project at Gymnasium No. 3, and the 2021 Teacher of the Year contest;
• Support of projects aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle and increasing the availability of athletic activities: jubilee anniversary track-and-field relay races in memory of the Honored Worker of Physical Culture of the Russian Federation T. F. Bykova, the “Skis to School” project to equip and outfit schools, regional ski races in the village of Troitsky, the “Leather Ball” annual children's soccer tournament, etc.;
• Support of the indigenous peoples of Sakhalin: development and preservation of domestic reindeer husbandry, improvement of social conditions of reindeer herders, a Memorial Year project to honor Ch.M. Taksami and G.A. Otaina’s – researchers of the Nivkh language and culture, the “Journey to the Myths of the Nivkhs” project—a mobile exhibition of Sakhalin artists, etc.;
• “#YuzhnyIstoricheskiy”, a project by the Sakhalin Oblast State Historical Archives, a first-time participant in the grant contest, aimed at generating interest in the study of the history of architectural, cultural and natural sites on the territory of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk using modern technologies and unique photo and video documents;
• Support of environmental education initiatives: the School of Nature project, the Night of Whales festival, a summer tent camp for school students, building of the Trail of Knowledge in the Sakhalin Botanical Gardens, and publication of a book and production of an audioplay entitled “Under a Sail of Freedom”;
• Mobile classroom of the “IT Cube Center” for digital education in Khabarovsk, providing free extra-curricular IT classes for children;
• “Under a Sail of Opportunities” — ship modeling classes for children and young adults;
• The Real Ones — an ecological reality show devoted to people involved in waste processing in Khabarovsk Krai, and the problems they face.
Over its more than 25 years of operation, the Sakhalin-1 Consortium has supported over 1700 community projects worth more than one and a half billion rubles.