Youth in Eastern Ukraine can Apply for Small Grants

20 December 2018

Kramatorsk, UKRAINE, 20 December 2018: UNICEF is inviting youth in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts to take part in a small grants competition organized with support from the European Union.

The competition is being held as part of the Young Energy of Communities project, which aims to involve adolescents and children in Eastern Ukraine. The project began in June this year, and 28 teams have already been selected and received funding, and are implementing their initiatives.

Another round of accepting applications for the project is now underway. The call will be open until the end of 31 January 2019. In early February, 30 participants will be announced who will receive grants to implement the proposed ideas.

The project is a part of a large UNICEF programme “Strengthening the Resilience and Civic Engagement of Adolescents and Youth in Conflict-affected Eastern Ukraine”, that is being implemented with financial support of the EU. The implementing organization in the region is Zadzerkallia Slavic Cultural Centre NGO.

How to Take Part in the Competition

The competition is open for participation of NGOs, associations, school children / students, groups or individual participants aged between 14 and 19. The applicants are expected to initiate and implement the proposed project. The proposals of the participants should be aimed at fulfilling one or several of the objectives mentioned below:

  • Establishing dialogue on social cohesion and means of reconciliation;
  • Raising awareness about socially important issues through peer-to-peer approaches;
  • Promoting innovative ways of self-expression for youth;
  • Promoting peaceful coexistence and non-violent means of conflict resolution;
  • Supporting innovative approaches to engage low-income youth;
  • Supporting social cohesion and integration of internally displaced persons;
  • Raising awareness on risks for adolescents in project regions (possible topics include HIV, drugs, and landmines and unexploded remnants of war);
  • Ensuring useful and long-lasting benefits for the entire community;
  • Promoting gender equality and social inclusion.

The following expenses will not be eligible:
- refurbishment
- installation of infrastructure facilities
- payment for works and services that may be performed by volunteers
- payment for works and services that need licences to be performed where the applicants do not have such licences.

The winning projects will be selected by a regional selection committee that will ensure impartiality and transparency in the grant distribution process. The committee will include representatives of local authorities from Donetsk and Luhansk oblast, activists, representatives of international organizations and NGOs. All applications that comply with the requirements for providing funding will be accepted for review.

The expected budget for each project should not exceed UAH 50,000. The project activities should start no later than February 2019.

Participants in the competition must fill in an application in a Google form and attach a detailed budget of the project (form B). Applications are accepted in Ukrainian and Russian languages.

If necessary, the participants can ask for advice and information on how to fill out and submit their applications at +38 050 9901815 or

Media Contacts

Nina Sorokopud

Chief of Communication

UNICEF in Ukraine

Tel: +380503882951


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