The Russian Geographic Society allocated over 190 million rubles ($2.9 million) to support more than 130 geographical projects last year, Sergey Shoigu, the president of the Russian Geographic Society, said at a meeting of the society’s supervisory board on Friday.

According to him, more than 2,000 people applied for the Russian Geographic Society grants in 2015.

“134 projects received grants last year: 193.2 million rubles [over $2.9] were transferred for their implementation. It is not just figures. These are real projects, and real people who have managed to realize these bright ideas, which are useful for the country,” Shoigu said.