Central and Eastern Europe

UKRAINE 2019

Advocating Business Priorities

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $520,000

To improve public access to information about government spending, and to enhance civil society and private sector demand for open and accountable governance. The center will support activities that promote open governance, including national budget monitoring, process-tracing foreign capital flows in public works projects, advocacy around open data policies, and targeted outreach to community groups – including business organizations, to communicate its findings and outline reforms that address identified governance gaps.

Conflict Prevention in Southern Ukraine

Association of Middle East Studies

 $54,000

To mitigate conflict in southern Ukraine. The organization will carry out research, assess the potential for conflict in southern Ukraine, and engage the expert community and government officials in discussions regarding the region’s unstable situation. It will also hold trainings to equip local leaders with the skills necessary to foster dialogue and carry out mediation in the region’s local communities.

Fostering Independent Media in the Donbas

Donetsk Institute of Information

 $45,000

To foster independent media in eastern Ukraine. The organization will monitor media in the separatist-controlled areas, produce news, articles, and analytical reports on developments in the region, publish them on its websites, and distribute them via an email newsletter. It will also produce and broadcast editions of its weekly television show, and promote it through video clips on social media.

Fostering Local Reforms in Ukraine’s Regions

Education for Democracy Foundation

 $60,000

To promote and facilitate the implementation of decentralization reforms at the local level. In cooperation with Ukrainian partners, the Poland-based organization will work with local officials and activists to improve governance in 16 communities from four key regions – Khmelnytskyi, Zaporizhya, Zhytomyr, and the Donbas. It will conduct trainings, organize a study visit to Poland, and oversee a small grants competition.

Improving Local Government in Western Ukraine

Rivne Social Partnership Center

 $35,000

To increase the skills of local elected officials and improve governance in western Ukraine. The organization will train a diverse group of candidates running for local office in the Rivne and Volyn regions. The nonpartisan trainings will focus on promoting effective local administration under the country’s new decentralization process, equipping candidates to better serve their communities, and developing improved communications strategies. The organization will also conduct a nonpartisan voter information campaign.

Improving Political Party Communication with Members and Citizens

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $400,000

To support political parties to become more effective and representative institutions. The institute will work with party activists to disseminate best practices in citizen outreach upwards through parties. It will support regional party forums that will contribute to more inclusive party decision-making and share successes. Training for party secretariats and the introduction of internal polling methods will embed participatory processes within parties. The institute will also provide consultations on improving communication between party leaders and their members in parliament.

Improving the Independent Media’s Coverage of Reforms

European Pravda

 $60,000

To improve the quality of national and regional independent media coverage of reform processes. In an important election year, the media outlet will produce news and analytical items focusing on democratic reforms for its popular website. It will also strengthen partnerships with regional media outlets by providing them with its content for free, thereby increasing their readers’ interest in and understanding of complex aspects of pro-European democratic reforms.

Increasing Accountability in Western Ukraine

Ecosphera

 $35,000

To increase the transparency, accountability, and civic oversight of the use of natural resources in the Zakarpattia region. The watchdog organization will oversee a network of civic activists to monitor, document, and counter corruption in managing state-run forests. It will submit evidence of illegal logging to law enforcement and track any resulting criminal proceedings. The organization will also hold trainings and produce materials to assist local activists in establishing their own monitoring groups.

Increasing Democratic Resilience and Social Cohesion

Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs)

 $65,000

To strengthen the resilience of Ukraine’s democratic institutions. The London-based think tank will examine Ukraine’s vulnerabilities to foreign malign influence and propose strategies and policy recommendation to state institutions and civil society to increase resilience. Building on previous research, the think tank will conduct in-depth studies on previously identified vulnerable areas, consult with civil society and government experts across Ukraine, publish and distribute a policy brief, and convene outreach events.

Increasing the Capacity of New Political Leaders in Ukraine

European Institute for Democracy

Supplement: $55,000

To increase the skills of new political leaders. The Poland-based organization will assist local leaders from Zhytomir, Boguslav, and Ternopil to improve their communities through study trips to Poland and expert visits of Polish experts to Ukraine. It will assist the participants in drafting and executing community action plans to address local problems, produce promotional materials to showcase success stories, plan nonpartisan campaigns for the 2020 local elections, and share project results and recommendations.

Increasing the Capacity of Regional Media

Dirigible

 $80,000

To build the capacity and outreach of regional media. The organization will identify newly privatized media outlets from small and medium-sized towns and assist them in developing, launching, maintaining, and promoting online portals. It will also conduct trainings for the outlets’ newsrooms and provide mentorship support to assist them in producing independent high-quality content. Finally, the organization will develop innovative strategies aimed at increasing the financial sustainability of participating outlets.

Increasing the Capacity of Regional Media

Media Development Foundation

 $90,000

To build the capacity of regional media. The organization will conduct trainings for outlets that focus on developing sustainability strategies and promoting a culture of entrepreneurship in the media sector. It will also strengthen regional media outlets, raise their professionalism, and promote cooperation between them by facilitating an exchange program and internships for regional reporters in prominent Ukrainian newsrooms.

Increasing the Public’s Understanding of Economic Issues

Center for Social-Economic Research (CASE) Ukraine

 $35,000

To inform the public about important economic issues and foster government accountability. The think tank will produce daily and weekly content, including articles, infographics, short videos and interactive visualizations, which explain economic policies, including reforms, in a concise and engaging style. The content will elucidate complex economic issues such as the state budget, business environment, and social services. The think tank will distribute the content across social media and republish it in partner news outlets.

Monitoring and Documenting Human Rights Violations

Truth Hounds

 $52,000

To monitor, document, and spotlight human rights violations. The organization will carry out monitoring missions to document human rights abuses and war crimes committed in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Based on the missions’ findings and collected evidence, it will produce reports and present them to Ukrainian and international institutions. The organization will also train and work with law enforcement agencies to improve their knowledge and implementation of international humanitarian law.

Promote Civic Engagement on the Local Level

Agency for Private Initiative Development

 $46,300

To promote civic participation and cross-sectoral cooperation in decentralized communities. The organization will hold events and produce materials to facilitate cooperation and the exchange of best practices among civic initiatives working on preserving historical and cultural heritage sites. It will support initiatives that will engage citizens in constructive dialogue with local governments and the business community to establish new mechanisms of cooperation and develop joint initiatives.

Promoting Accountability and Transparency through Open Data in Ukraine

Fundacja TechSoup

Supplement: $70,000

To promote government accountability and transparency. Working with local NGO and government partners from more than 30 Ukrainian cities, the Poland-based organization will hold trainings on, conduct campaigns about, and develop tools for using open data to foster improved accountability and governance. It will organize study visits for activists and local officials to Ukrainian and Polish cities that have successfully incorporated open data into decision-making processes, and publish a related guidebook offering best practices, case studies, and recommendations.

Promoting Accountability in Central Ukraine

Life without Barriers

 $35,000

To promote the development of civil society in central Ukraine. The organization will work with a coalition of civic initiatives to engage with local government institutions and advance reforms in the Cherkasy region. It will establish a resource center that will provide a physical space for civil society events, increase the effectiveness and impact of local civic advocacy initiatives, and serve as a hub for civic activism for the city and region.

Promoting Accountability in Western Ukraine

Center of Public Monitoring and Research

 $50,000

To promote government accountability and transparency in western Ukraine. The organization will train local officials and business representatives in transparency procedures for monitoring and improving government procurement and the leasing and selling of public property. It will identify corruption and publicize evidence of it, as well as successful examples of public oversight, through its online and print newspaper and in partnership with other local media outlets.

Promoting and Improving Decentralization

Aspen Institute Kyiv

 $40,000

To promote and improve the implementation of decentralization reforms. The organization will identify sectoral leaders from amalgamated communities in the regions. It will organize dialogue sessions between these representatives and national level policymakers and experts to build the capacity of the local leaders on issues relevant to decentralization, and to strengthen cooperation between local leaders and national government officials. The organization will also develop and publish a guide for amalgamated communities on advancing decentralization processes.

Promoting Civic Activism

Ukrainian Volunteer Service

 $45,000

To strengthen the capacity and sustainability of local grassroots initiatives. The organization will increase the skills of civic leaders in ten cities across the country in building public-private partnerships by conducting training sessions, providing mentorship support to initiatives, and convening a final conference to promote best practices of cross-sectoral cooperation at the local level.

Promoting Civic Activism Among Youth

Lviv Education Foundation

 $50,000

To promote regional integration, social cohesion, and active citizenship among youth. The organization will organize youth camps that promote volunteerism and civic engagement while breaking down regional stereotypes. It will supplement the camps with a civic education course and leadership school to provide additional skills to the most promising camp volunteers. The organization will guide the latter group in developing their own community engagement projects.

Promoting Decentralization in Western Ukraine

Center of Community Development

 $32,000

To promote decentralization reforms in western Ukraine. The organization will identify ten newly amalgamated communities and increase their capacity to effectively implement decentralization. It will conduct trainings for civic activists and representatives of local administrations to facilitate the implementation of reforms, organize a study tour to Poland to learn best practices, and convene a final conference to exchange lessons learned.

Promoting Democratic Elections in Eastern Ukraine

Observatory of Democracy

 $40,000

To inform voters and improve electoral processes in the Kharkiv region. The organization will research, prepare, and disseminate to the public nonpartisan reports on the region’s political and electoral landscape, which will serve as resources for civic initiatives, media outlets, and political actors ahead of and after the 2019-2020 election cycle. It will also conduct trainings for this diverse group on improving electoral processes and voter outreach.

Promoting Governance in Northeastern Ukraine

Sumy Public Circle

 $25,000

To promote good governance in the Sumy region. The organization will conduct a roundtable and trainings for civic activists to increase their understanding of decentralization and existing public engagement mechanisms for advancing the reform process. It will provide mentorships and consultations as the trainees carry out awareness raising and mobilization campaigns for the reform. To promote lessons learned, the organization will publish and distribute a manual offering analysis, recommendations, and case studies to advance decentralization.

Promoting Government Accountability and Citizen Engagement

Civil Control Platform

 $80,000

To promote local government accountability and transparency in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Through conducting investigations of corruption, monitoring public institutions, and carrying out advocacy campaigns, the organization will increase the efficiency and responsiveness of local authorities. It will disseminate the findings through its online platform, social media, and other media outlets.

Promoting Government Accountability and Reform

VoxUkraine

 $70,000

To facilitate informed public discussion on reforms and promote the accountability of the newly elected government. The nonpartisan program will track the public statements of a diverse group of elected officials, update its database of misleading statements, produce nonpartisan videos exposing and correcting false claims, and develop videos explaining complex public policy issues. The think tank will disseminate its content through its website and social media pages, new print newspaper, and television media partners.

Promoting Government Accountability and Transparency

Anti-Corruption Action Center

 $45,000

To promote government accountability and transparency. The organization will monitor the progress of investigations, report on violations, and advocate for improvements related to the fight against corruption. It will monitor the progress of the new government’s anti-corruption reforms, particularly the re-launching of the National Agency for Corruption Prevention. The organization will assess relevant changes in laws and regulations, and undertake advocacy campaigns to inform the public and push for more effective reforms.

Promoting Government Accountability in Eastern Ukraine

Arnika – Citizens Support Center

 $45,000

To promote the accountability of and civic engagement with local governments in eastern Ukraine. The Czech organization will assist a coalition of Ukrainian civic initiatives that will document environmental crises in five industrial cities and utilize these issues to facilitate citizen engagement with government at the local and national levels. The organization will train and guide the coalition as it develops an action plan to mobilize citizens to monitor and hold governments accountable.

Promoting Government Accountability in Eastern Ukraine

Association of Private Employers

 $40,000

To promote civic activism and democratic governance in the Kharkiv region. The association will conduct trainings for local civic activists in Kharkiv city and the surrounding region. It will provide technical assistance to activists developing and carrying out projects that address local democratic governance problems and upcoming electoral processes. The association will convene a roundtable and forum to bring together activists across the region to discuss reform strategies and nonpartisan voter mobilization initiatives.

Promoting Government Accountability in Eastern Ukraine

Initiative Civic Patrol

 $40,000

To promote government accountability and transparency in eastern Ukraine. In cooperation with local initiative groups, the organization will monitor the performance of local elected officials and advocate for transparent governance in the Donbas region. To publicize the monitoring findings, it will produce video materials, infographics, articles, and a print newspaper, and disseminate them through local media outlets and social media platforms.

Promoting Government Accountability in Eastern Ukraine

Initiative Group Razom

 $44,000

To promote government transparency and accountability in eastern Ukraine. The group will monitor proposed decisions and regulations by local government officials and facilitate public discussions on the implementation of post-Maidan reforms in the region. Through a nonpartisan platform for active citizens and civic initiatives that aims to increase public engagement in local decision-making, the group will organize public events highlighting important local issues.

Promoting Government Accountability through Investigative Journalism

Center for Investigative Reporting

 $33,000

To foster the accountability of local governments in the Mykolaiv and Odesa regions. The organization’s team of journalists will conduct investigations into the alleged misuse of public funds and other cases of corruption and mismanagement by local officials. It will inform the public of the findings by producing and disseminating in-depth reports and articles, television programs, infographics and short videos, and news items. The team will also make the content available on the organization’s website.

Promoting Human Rights

Association of Free Journalists

 $53,400

To raise awareness and increase access to information about the human rights situation in Russian-occupied Crimea. The organization will produce independent reporting to inform the public about political and cultural life, human rights violations, and other actions regarding the occupation in Crimea. It will publish its unique news content and video materials on its website and social media platforms.

Promoting Human Rights in Crimea

Human Rights

 $45,000

To promote awareness of and address the human rights situation in Crimea. The organization will monitor human rights developments on the Crimean peninsula, occupied by Russia since 2014. It will carry out an information campaign and hold a series of public events to raise awareness of violations and share the monitoring finding with the public and state officials. The organization’s lawyers will provide pro-bono assistance to Crimean residents facing legal challenges due to the occupation.

Promoting Human Rights Reform

Center for Civil Liberties

 $40,000

To promote human rights. The organization will monitor, analyze, and propose improvements to human rights related legislation. To foster the implementation of human rights reforms and ensure an inclusive reform process that incorporates civil society, it will organize consultations and working groups with the new government, NGOs, and human rights groups. The organization will also organize advocacy media campaigns to increase public awareness regarding the reforms.

Promoting Human Rights through Documentary Films

Docudays

 $35,000

To raise public awareness of human rights and foster civic activism in the country’s regions. The organization will maintain and expand its network of film clubs across the country, update its educational materials, and create a new collection of documentary films on the topics of human rights and discrimination. The film club network will host film screenings, public discussions, seminars, performances, and debates led by human rights and civil society activists.

Promoting Independent Information

Hromadske Radio

 $75,000

To provide access to independent information and promote democratic discourse. In an important election year, the media outlet will broadcast an FM news program to audiences in Kyiv as well as the strategic regions of eastern and southern Ukraine. The outlet will also disseminate the program via its website, social media accounts, and partner stations, as well as satellite.

Promoting Information Exchange

Civic Space

 $38,000

To improve the effectiveness and communication strategies of NGOs and nascent civic initiatives. The organization will expand and upgrade its web portal, which publicizes the work of civil society, facilitates interaction and networking among civic activists, serves as an online knowledge hub, and offers consultations on NGO management to meet the needs of activists throughout the country. In addition, the portal provides objective news and relevant information for the civic sector.

Promoting Judicial Accountability and Transparency

DEJURE Foundation

 $40,000

To increase the accountability and transparency of the judiciary. The think tank will prepare a research report identifying and draft legislation addressing specific problems in the functioning of the country’s judicial system. It will present its findings to stakeholders in the new government and parliament as well as civil society, conduct an informational campaign highlighting the necessity for reforms, and advocate for the government to implement them.

Promoting Judicial Transparency and Accountability

Automaidan

 $50,000

To improve judicial accountability and transparency. The organization will maintain and further develop its online database of judges’ public financial declarations and performance evaluations. The database will assist law enforcement officials and anti-corruption bodies in identifying corrupt judges. The organization will also host events raising awareness of corruption in the judiciary. Finally, it will help civic activists across the country to advocate for the implementation of crucial judicial reforms.

Promoting Local Government Accountability

Odesa Committee of Voters of Ukraine

 $98,390

To promote the accountability of local and regional elected officials. The organization will track the fulfillment of transparency and accountability obligations by members of seven municipal councils in the Odesa region, and expand its nonpartisan monitoring effort to 15 other regions. It will regularly share its findings with the public through publications, events, and its website, and provide feedback and recommendations to elected officials.

Promoting Public Awareness of Transnational Corruption

Tom 14

 $40,000

To strengthen investigative journalism. The organization will support a series of investigations into Ukraine-related corruption across the Europe region to increase Ukrainian journalists’ skills in conducting such transnational investigations, and broaden cooperation with colleagues in neighboring countries. It will publicize the results of the investigations through its network of websites and social media pages, and via an email newsletter.

Promoting Public Debate on Government Performance

Data Journalism Agency

 $52,000

To promote public awareness of and debate on government performance related to elections and reforms. The media agency will use available open data to produce articles, news items, and infographics presenting election and reform issues in ways that are accessible and understandable for the public. The nonpartisan project will target complicated and politically sensitive issues often neglected by mainstream media outlets, raise journalism standards, and improve public demand for high-quality reporting.

Promoting Public Safety Reform in Western Ukraine

SIM Legal and Political Research Center

 $50,000

To promote public safety reform at the local level in Ukraine. The organization will carry out focus groups, public opinion surveys, training seminars, and public hearings in communities in the Volyn, Zakarpatya, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Rivne, and Ternopil regions of western Ukraine to analyze local security issues and develop solutions jointly with local governments. It will also produce and disseminate a brochure with policy recommendations.

Promoting Public Understanding of the Reform Process

Ukrainian Toronto Television

 $35,000

To increase the public’s understanding of reform processes and promote accountability before and after the October 2019 parliamentary elections. The outlet’s journalists will continue to produce episodes of its television program, broadcast them weekly on national television channels, including the country’s new Public Broadcaster, and further disseminate them via social media platforms. The nonpartisan program will provide critical analysis of political and accountability issues using humor and satire.

Promoting Religious Freedom

Ukrainian Catholic University

 $33,840

To promote freedom of conscience through an informed analysis of religious rights and obstructions to religious freedom. The organization will provide accurate and timely news and information regarding Ukraine’s religious communities’ affairs by operating the Religious Information Service of Ukraine, an online news agency that covers church-state relations, religious rights, and conflicts between Ukraine’s various faith-based communities. The unique website will publish up to 8,000 articles during the coming two years.

Promoting the Accountability of Elected Officials

Tom 14

 $30,000

To promote public awareness of high-level corruption and increase demand for government accountability. The organization’s team of experienced investigative journalists will continue to produce a popular anti-corruption television show for broadcast on major national television channels, and short investigative pieces for publication the its website and by other media outlets.

Promoting Transparency of Healthcare Reform in Eastern Ukraine

Kharkiv Station

 $50,000

To promote the transparency and accountability of healthcare reform in eastern Ukraine. The organization will monitor the implementation of the healthcare reform in the Kharkiv region. Based on its findings and in cooperation with local activists, elected officials and medical professionals, it will produce policy recommendations to address existing corruption risks and minimize the misuse of public funds. It will also work with regional media to increase awareness about the reform process.

Protecting and Promoting the Rights of Veterans

Legal Hundred

 $45,000

To protect and promote veterans’ rights and foster reforms in the sphere of veteran affairs. Relying on an extensive network of legal professionals and volunteers, the organization will disseminate legal information and provide direct legal assistance to veterans and their families. It will also strive to improve existing laws and regulations concerning veterans’ reintegration into civilian life, their medical care, and the system of social benefits for service personnel and veterans.

Strengthening Civic Activism and Local Democracy

Teple Misto

 $35,000

To promote civic activism and strengthen local democracy. The organization will strengthen local democracy in Ivano-Frankivsk by expanding its network of local civic activists and initiatives, promoting its effective model of cross-sectoral engagement and sustainability in other regions of Ukraine through meetings and consultations, and establishing a nationwide network to share experiences and best practices.

Strengthening Civil Society in Southern Ukraine

Foundation for the Development of the City of Mykolaiv

 $25,000

To increase the capacity of local civil society and accountability initiatives in southern Ukraine. The foundation will train NGO representatives on local budget procedures, and publicize the results through press releases, regional news outlets, its website, and social media. It will support the development of nascent monitoring initiatives in the regions and convene networking meetings for activists to exchange best practices.

Strengthening Civil Society in Southern Ukraine

Kherson Regional Charitable Foundation Union

 $25,000

To increase the capacity of civil society and local government in southern Ukraine. The organization will conduct trainings for civic activists and representatives of local administrations in nine communities to facilitate partnerships that address local challenges. It will also mentor the trainees as they apply their new skills, and provide support for the development of nascent initiatives in the target communities.

Strengthening Independent Election Coverage

Free Press Foundation

 $30,000

To provide objective information ahead of the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections. The independent news outlet will produce nonpartisan articles and videos on developments related to the electoral campaigns for citizens, decision makers, and the international community, with a focus on the country’s regions. In partnership with other media, the outlet will also launch a website section that will provide nonpartisan analysis and information on candidates’ public statements.

Strengthening Independent Media in Eastern Ukraine

Expert-KR

 $45,000

To strengthen independent media in eastern Ukraine. The Kryvyi Rih-based media outlet will expand its online reporting on reform processes and other political developments and increase its outreach in the city. It will produce weekly video reports and distribute them through its website and social media platforms. To raise public awareness and educate voters, the outlet will also produce nonpartisan programming focusing on the 2020 local elections.

Strengthening Independent Media in the Volyn Region

Power of Truth

 $35,000

To strengthen independent media and government accountability in the Volyn region. The organization will investigate alleged corruption and misuse of public funds by local governments in judicial, real estate, and public procurement cases. It will also produce analytical reports on pressing local issues ahead of the 2020 local elections. To discuss its findings, the organization will convene public events and publish all materials on its and other websites and social network platforms.

Strengthening Independent Regional Media

Hromadske Television Cherkasy

 $30,000

To strengthen independent media in the Cherkasy region. The media outlet will produce broadcasts and disseminate them through its website and social media. It will also provide a nonpartisan platform for local civic activists, journalists, and public officials to discuss pressing regional and national issues around the campaigns for the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections and the 2020 local elections.

Strengthening Independent Regional Media

Zmist Poltava

 $48,200

To strengthen independent media in the Poltava region. The online outlet will increase and enhance its nonpartisan coverage of political developments ahead of the fall 2020 local government elections. It will also launch a video production department to diversify revenue streams and ensure its continued independence. Finally, the outlet will produce a monthly print newspaper to expand its audience and provide objective news and information to a broader audience.

Strengthening Local Democratic Governance

STEP

 $31,992

To promote civic engagement and democratic governance in eastern Ukraine. The organization will improve the capacity of regional initiative groups and their cooperation with local authorities. It will organize trainings for activists in amalgamated communities on civic participation in rural regions. The organization will also support local information and advocacy campaigns that reinforce civic engagement in the decentralization process, address local concerns, and monitor local government decision-making.

Strengthening Political Parties in Advance of the 2020 Local Elections

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $250,000

To strengthen Ukrainian political parties in advance of the 2020 local elections. The institute will implement a multifaceted nonpartisan approach of peer-to-peer learning and expert-guided trainings informed by its public opinion research to support the development of  effective campaign strategies that are responsive to citizen priorities and develop safeguards to shore up the digital security of their campaigns.

Strengthening the Capacity and Financial Sustainability of Regional Media

Independent Association of Broadcasters

 $45,000

To strengthen cooperation among independent regional media outlets. The organization will facilitate the joint production of television programs by local television channels covering important issues related to Ukraine’s post-Maidan transition. To increase the capacity of local media, the organization will also conduct audience research in six regions, which will inform outlets’ marketing strategies and increase their sustainability. In addition, it will develop and conduct a training program for sales directors of independent regional media outlets.

Strengthening the Capacity of IDP Coalitions

Right to Protection

 $40,000

To strengthen the capacity and professionalism of local coalitions of internally displaced persons (IDP) groups. The organization will hold presentations, trainings, and consultations to help IDP groups in the country’s east increase their capacity, sustainability, and effectiveness. It will also award small grants to IDP coalitions for innovative, advocacy-focused initiatives, and provide mentorship support throughout the project.

Strengthening the Capacity of NGOs in Central and Eastern Ukraine

Tamarisk

 $42,000

To strengthen civic initiatives and NGOs in central and eastern Ukraine. The organization will work with new civil society organizations from the Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Luhansk, Poltava, and Zaporizhia regions to improve their communication, outreach, and capacity in partnership building. It will conduct trainings and workshops, facilitate public outreach campaigns, hold networking events, and provide online and onsite consultations.

Support Independent Media in Eastern Ukraine

Kharkiv Crisis Infocenter

 $80,000

To foster independent media in eastern Ukraine. The center will produce daily news reports on key developments in the Kharkiv region and provide independent nonpartisan coverage of the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections. It will continue to operate its press club, as well as conduct and broadcast other public events, including discussions, press conferences, and roundtables, that address pressing local issues. The center will publish all project materials on its website and social media pages.

Supporting Independent Regional Media

Center for Research on Donbas Social Perspectives

 $50,000

To produce and disseminate independent news and information in eastern Ukraine. The organization will maintain its news website, expand a section dedicated to reporting on the military conflict and monitoring the media and events inside the separatist-controlled territories, and focus its nonpartisan coverage on the October 2019 parliamentary and 2020 local elections in the Donbas.

Supporting Investigative Journalism in the Donbas

Media View

 $23,000

To support investigative journalism and strengthen independent media in the Donbas. The Pokrovsk-based media organization will conduct investigations on corruption and the misuse of public funds in the region. It will also produce daily news and information covering local political developments. The organization will publish the project’s materials on its news portal and disseminate them through partner groups and social media networks.

Supporting Local Media

Lviv Media Forum

 $60,000

To strengthen the capacity and professionalism of local media. The organization will convene the 7th annual Lviv Media Forum, which will bring together over 800 journalists, editors, and media owners from Ukraine and 15 other countries. It will hold workshops and consultations to facilitate a strategic discussion on the financial challenges facing independent media in an oligarch-dominated environment. The organization will analyze the discussion’s findings, put forth recommendations, and produce and disseminate widely a report.

Supporting Regional Investigative Journalism

Fourth Estate

 $37,000

To foster the accountability of public officials and strengthen investigative journalism at the local level. The organization will maintain its independent investigative and analytical portal, which publishes stories and videos exposing corruption and the mismanagement and misuse of public office in Rivne and the surrounding region. It will also undertake steps to strengthen its organizational capacity, expand its presence on social media, and carry out a fundraising campaign.

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