UKRAINE 2020

Advocating Business Priorities, Phase II

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$500,000

To enhance the role of leading business associations and the private sector in public policy decision-making, and to improve the capacity of the private sector and officials to cooperate to develop and implement economic reforms. Building upon Ukraine’s reform process and regional elections, the Center’s partners will advocate economic reform at all levels, leading to a more democratic society in Ukraine. Additionally, the Center will develop and provide training programs to ensure leaders make democratic governance effective.

Broadcasting Independent News and Information

Crimean Community Radio

$117,240

To promote access to information in Crimea. In partnership with another Ukrainian portal, which is a popular source of independent news and analysis on Crimea, the media outlet will produce independent daily news and information and broadcast it into the Russian-occupied territory. The program will reach an audience of up to 1.2 million people in Crimea.

Documenting and Raising Awareness of Human Rights Violations

Regional Center of Human Rights

$59,000

To raise awareness of human rights violations in Crimea. The organizations will identify Russia’s policies of persecution and colonization in the annexed region, and document illustrative cases. The human rights watchdog will compile a comprehensive report, promote it through public events in Ukraine, and submit it to international bodies, including the UN Human Rights Council, the European Courts of Human Rights, and the International Court of Justice.

Fostering Freedom of Expression

PEN Ukraine

$50,000

To strengthen the institutional capacity of Ukraine’s leading organization defending freedom of speech and expression. The project will support the organization’s strategic plan development, as well as its outreach and fundraising plans and efforts aimed at improving long-term sustainability. The organization will conduct regional outreach trips, and promote its work through articles and interviews in Ukraine’s leading media.

Fostering Independent Media in Donbas

Anti-crisis Media Center

$50,000

To foster independent media and public debate in Donbas. The Center will produce video reports on social and political developments in the Luhansk, Donetsk, and Dnipropetrovsk regions. It will also hold public events, including discussions, press conferences, roundtables, and seminars, to address local issues. The Center will publish the content produced on its website and in social media.

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 Independent Reporting in Eastern Ukraine

Kharkiv Crisis Infocenter

$70,000

To foster independent reporting in eastern Ukraine. The organization will produce daily news reports on important developments in the Kharkiv region and provide independent coverage of the 2020 local elections. It will operate its press club and hold and broadcast public events, including discussions, press conferences, and roundtables, to address pressing local issues. The organization will publish all project materials on its website and social media pages.

Fostering Local Reforms in Ukraine’s Regions

Education for Democracy Foundation

$75,000

To promote and facilitate the implementation of decentralization reforms on 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 –Cherkasy, Vinnitsya, and the Ukraine controlled parts of Donetsk and Luhansk. It will conduct trainings, organize a study visit to Poland, oversee a small grants competition, and convene an experience sharing forum for program participants.

Fostering Policy Dialogue

Analytical Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University

$37,500

To stimulate policy dialogue on key issues related to Ukraine’s occupied territories. The think tank will conduct in-depth studies of state policy towards Ukraine’s occupied territories, organize a series of thematic roundtables, publicize analytical reports, and debate key findings to stimulate dialogue among civil society, government officials, and the public. The organization will communicate policy recommendations to relevant public institutions, facilitating the development of a coherent state strategy regarding the occupied territories.

Fostering Public Awareness of Government Performance

Data Journalism Agency

$56,800

To foster public awareness of government performance related to elections and reforms. The media organization 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 journalistic standards, and improve public demand for high-quality analytic reporting.

Fostering Youth Activism in Eastern Ukraine

Kultura Medialna NGO

$40,000

To promote youth activism and civic engagement in the eastern city of Dnipro. The organization will conduct trainings and workshops on civic activism and project management for youth. It will encourage the project’s participants to engage in local civil society though follow-on internships with local NGOs and study trips to organizations in other cities in eastern Ukraine. The organization will also establish a resource center for activists in the city.

Improving the Independent Media’s Coverage of Reforms

European Pravda

$102,000

To promote the independent media coverage of the country’s reform processes. A team of experienced journalists will produce news and analytical items focusing on democratic reforms and other important issues for a popular news and analysis website. The outlet will also scrutinize the political and economic challenges related to COVID-19, and analyze the pandemic’s impact on Ukraine’s international relations.

Increasing the Capacity and Sustainability of Regional Media

Media Development Foundation

$90,000

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

Increasing the Capacity of Regional Media

ABO Local Media Development Agency NGO

$75,500

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 their online portals. It will also conduct trainings for the outlets’ newsrooms and provide mentorship 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 Public’s Understanding of Economic Issues

Center for Social-Economic Research (CASE) Ukraine

Supplement$48,500

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 its content across social media and republish it in partner news outlets.

Monitoring and Documenting Human Rights Violations

Truth Hounds

$56,600

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.

Monitoring Foreign Economic Influence in Ukraine

International Center for Policy Studies

$75,250

To promote research on and public discussion of China’s political and economic influence in Ukraine. The organization will collect comprehensive data, conduct interviews, map all relevant actors, and publish an analytical report with its findings. The report will include policy recommendations for relevant government institutions and parliamentary committees. The Centre will conduct follow up meetings with government officials to discuss its findings and policy recommendations and organize a series of public roundtables in regions with high levels of Chinese investments.

Preventing Conflict in Southern Ukraine

Association of Middle East Studies

$59,000

To mitigate conflict in southern Ukraine. The organization will conduct research, assess the potential for social unrest and political instability in southern Ukraine, and engage the expert community and government officials in discussions regarding regional instability and interethnic tensions. It will also hold trainings to equip local leaders with the skills necessary to foster dialogue and carry out mediation in local communities.

Promoting Access to Justice

Advocacy Advisory Panel

$50,000

To promote judicial transparency and accountability, and improve public access to justice. The group will raise public awareness of human rights violations committed during the 2014 Euromaidan protests, and promote efforts to secure justice for the victims. The organization will produce social media updates and organize press briefings, while its legal experts will advise journalists covering investigation proceedings, in order to ensure public oversight of court hearings and to counter disinformation related to investigations

Promoting Accountability and Transparency in Southern Ukraine

MediaVision

$29,000

To promote the transparency and accountability of local government in southern Ukraine. The organization will monitor government activities in the Zaporizhia region, focusing on public procurement and corruption links between local government and business. It will publish stories and videos resulting from its investigations on its website and through partner media organizations. The organization will report alleged violations to law enforcement agencies and track resulting criminal investigations.

Promoting Accountability and Transparency through Open Data

Fundacja TechSoup

Supplement$47,000

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 a tool 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, publish a related guidebook with best practices, case studies, and recommendations, and hold a virtual Personal Democracy Forum.

Promoting Accountability And Transparency Through Open Data

GURT Resource Center for NGO Development

$85,000

To promote government accountability and transparency. The organization will develop an online course for municipal officials and representatives of local communities on using open data to support good governance. Working with local government partners and activists in 25 cities, the group will organize a series of online trainings that facilitate decentralization and digitalization reforms in Ukraine by promoting local governance accountability and data-driven policymaking.

Promoting Accountability in the Healthcare Sector

Patients of Ukraine

$50,000

To reduce corruption in the healthcare sector. The organization will monitor state activities and promote anti-corruption reforms in the healthcare sector. It will unite the efforts of its member groups to advocate for the legislative changes necessary to combat special interests and corrupt officials. The organization will also work closely with media outlets to improve public awareness about reform successes in the healthcare sphere and corrupt actors’ efforts to roll them back.

Promoting Accountability in Western Ukraine

Center for Public Monitoring and Research

$52,000

To promote government accountability and transparency in western Ukraine. The organization will train local government and business representatives in procedures for improving the transparency of government procurement and the use of public property. It will also monitor procurement, identify corruption cases, and publicize evidence and successful examples of the public oversight. The group will publish materials through its online and print newspaper and in partnership with other local media outlets.

Promoting Accountability through Investigative Journalism

Ukrainska Pravda

$34,400

To promote accountability and improve government transparency through investigative reporting. The organization will highlight national and regional responses to the COVID-19 outbreak in Ukraine. Media products will critically assess governance measures and uncover corruption in the medical sector in the context of the ongoing healthcare reform during the pandemic. The media outlet will publish multimedia materials on its website and promote content via social media platforms.

Promoting Activism and Reforms through Storytelling

Ukrainian Media Initiative

$50,000

To strengthen the capacity and sustainability of civic grassroots initiatives. The organization will launch an online radio and produce a series of podcasts with prominent Ukrainian activists. The programs will present the activities of grassroots organizations, share best practices and success stories, and spotlight opportunities for civic engagement. Additionally, the outlet will facilitate public discussions with civic leaders to stimulate critical thinking about the key issues affecting country’s democratic transition.

Promoting Civic Activism Among Youth

Lviv Education Foundation

$60,000

To promote regional integration, social cohesion, and active citizenship among youth.  The organization will conduct camps that promote volunteerism and civic engagement among youth while breaking down regional stereotypes. It will also convene a leadership school to provide additional skills to the most promising participants. Following the camps and trainings, the organization will support participants in developing their own community projects and develop an alumni network.

Promoting Civic Activism at the Local level

Ukrainian Volunteer Service

$47,500

To strengthen the capacity and improve sustainability of regional civic activism. The program will train promising civic activists from 15 cities in building public-private partnerships and promoting sustainable activism. The group will conduct a series of trainings, provide support to local initiatives, and convene a leadership school, whose participants will learn about best practices of community engagement and work to develop cross-sectoral cooperation at the local level.

Promoting Civic Activism in Eastern Ukraine

Charity Foundation “Shelter Plus”

$51,000

To promote civic participation and strengthen the skills of youth activists in Krivyi Rih, Ukraine’s leading industrial center, with traditionally low levels of civic engagement, especially among youth. The civic center will organize trainings for local youth activists on civic participation, project development, and leadership, and assist them in designing and implementing three projects aimed at addressing problems in their communities.

Promoting Civic Engagement and Human Rights through Film

Docudays

$40,500

To foster civic engagement and raise public awareness of human rights in the country’s regions. The organization will expand its network of film clubs across Ukraine and create a new collection of documentary films about democratic reforms and human rights. The film club network will host film screenings and foster public debates on democracy issues through discussions led by civil society activists.

Promoting Collaboration between Civil Society and Local Government

Association of Ukrainian Civic Initiatives

$38,500

To improve cooperation between CSOs and local initiative groups and local self-government bodies.  The grantee will create a list of recommendations on supporting civil society and fostering collaboration at the local level, to be implemented in eight communities.  The organization will hold three-day seminars on mechanisms for collaboration in the selected communities, establish official working groups on collaboration within the local self-governance bodies, mentor the parties throughout the course of the year, and hold a final conference on the results of the project.

Promoting Democratic Elections in Eastern Ukraine

Observatory of Democracy

$53,000

To promote voter participation and foster democratic elections in the Kharkiv region. The organization will prepare nonpartisan informational materials and organize a series of public events to raise awareness of the new electoral system ahead of the October 2020 local elections. Following the elections, the group will monitor and analyze the work of elected officials to evaluate their performance. The initiative will foster public demand for transparent and accountable elections and address the typically low voter turnout in the region.

Promoting Democratic Reforms and Government Accountability

Liga BusinessInform

$40,000

To increase public awareness about and facilitate informed public discussion on the reform process. The organization will launch a new section of its popular news website, in which it will collect and publish comprehensive data on five reform areas of particular importance – education, employment, taxation, fiscal policy, and healthcare. It will also produce and publish articles, infographics, and video materials highlighting the accomplishments and challenges of the reforms.

Promoting Good Governance in Northeastern Ukraine

Sumy Public Circle

$36,000

To promote good governance in northeastern Ukraine. The organization will encourage cooperation between civic activists and local governments in the Sumy region to improve participatory approaches to local governance and aid decentralization reform. The group will conduct research on participatory mechanisms of governance in the region, launch an interactive map of existing participatory tools, and convene a regional forum to present best practices and lessons learned.

Promoting Government Accountability and Citizen Engagement

Civil Control Platform

Supplement$55,000

To promote local government accountability and transparency in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Through investigations of corruption, monitoring public institutions, analysis of public procurement, and 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 media outlets. The group will also work with regional initiatives and municipalities to develop reform programs for public procurement.

Promoting Government Accountability and Democratic Processes

ZN UA Limited Liability Company

$71,500

To promote independent reporting on government accountability and democratic processes. The online media outlet will produce analytical materials and news reports on the current political developments in Ukraine. The publication will highlight topics such as the October 2020 local elections, government transparency, the progress of anticorruption efforts, and the selective use of justice. The nonpartisan reporting will inform public debates on key issues related to the country’s democratic transition.

Promoting Government Accountability and Transparency

Anti-Corruption Action Center

Supplement$50,000

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 push for more effective reforms. It will also organize an international conference in Kyiv that will address issues of transnational corruption.

Promoting Government Accountability in Eastern Ukraine

Initiative Civic Patrol

Supplement$25,000

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, the organization 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

$50,000

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

Promoting Government Accountability in Eastern Ukraine

Kharkiv Anticorruption Center

$70,000

To promote government accountability in eastern Ukraine. The organization will facilitate cross-sectoral discussions to formulate a strategic development plan for the city of Kharkiv that promotes civic engagement and good governance. To increase accountability and transparency in the city, it will conduct investigations into major publicly funded municipal projects. Ahead of the October local elections, the organization will hold nonpartisan roundtables to engage local politicians and civic activists and increase the quality of political debate.

Promoting Government Accountability in Eastern Ukraine

Stop Poisoning Kriviy Rih

$35,000

To promote government accountability through civic engagement in eastern Ukraine. The organization will train activists to monitor and document major environmental violations in Kryvy Rih, utilizing these issues to facilitate citizen engagement with government at the local and national levels. It will also create informational materials about environmental issues and methods to address them politically, and disseminate them through social media channels.

Promoting Government Accountability in Southern Ukraine

Open Society of Ukraine

$40,000

To promote civic activism, democratic governance, and government accountability in southern Ukraine. The organization will conduct trainings for local civic activists in two cities of the Odesa region on local government processes, electoral campaign strategies, and media outreach. It will provide technical assistance to activists as they develop draft legislation for the city councils that addresses local issues, and broaden civic engagement to promote reform and government accountability.

Promoting Government Accountability through Investigative Journalism

Center for Investigative Reporting

Supplement$33,800

To foster the accountability of local governments in the Mykolaiv and Odesa regions. The organization’s 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, short videos, and news items. The team will also publish the content on its website.

Promoting Human Rights in Crimea

CrimeaSOS

$50,000

To address and promote awareness of the human rights situation in Crimea. The organization will monitor human rights violations in the region occupied by Russia since 2014. The organization’s lawyers will provide pro-bono assistance to Crimean residents facing legal challenges due to the occupation. Based on its findings, the group will prepare monthly media stories and reports to share with the public officials. The group will disseminate information via social media and its website, using its findings to advocate for policy changes.

Promoting Human Rights Reforms

Center for Civil Liberties

Supplement$65,000

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, the organization 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 Independent Information

Hromadske Radio

$71,290

To provide access to independent information and promote democratic discourse. The media outlet will produce and broadcast a daily news program covering important political developments via FM to audiences in Kyiv, as well as the strategic regions of eastern and southern Ukraine, through its network of 17 transmitters. The outlet will also disseminate the program through its website, social media accounts, and partner stations, as well as satellite broadcasting.

Promoting Informational Exchange

Civic Space

Supplement$40,000

To improve the effectiveness and communication strategies of NGOs and nascent civic initiatives. The organization will expand and upgrade its web portal, which provides objective news and relevant information for the civic sector, 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.

Promoting Investigative Journalism

Free Press Foundation

$35,000

To promote investigative journalism and raise public awareness of pressures on media freedoms in Ukraine. The nonprofit foundation will support the editorial team of a leading independent newspaper to produce investigative reporting on corruption and violations of media freedoms, including attacks on the press. The initiative will also amplify the impact of local media by repackaging their stories for national and international audiences.

Promoting Judicial Accountability and Transparency

DEJURE Foundation

Supplement$50,000

To increase the accountability and transparency of the judiciary. The think tank will prepare a research report and draft legislation addressing specific problems in the functioning of the country’s judicial system. It will present its findings to stakeholders in the Parliament, government, and civil society; conduct an informational campaign highlighting the necessity for reforms; and exert pressure on the government to implement them. It will also organize a moot court on disciplinary liability for students of Kyiv’s leading law schools.

Promoting Judicial Transparency and Accountability

Automaidan

$60,000

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 help civic activists across the country to advocate for the implementation of crucial judicial reforms and assist law enforcement officials and anti-corruption bodies in rooting out corruption.

Promoting Legal Accountability

Sudebnik Media

$40,000

To promote the accountability and transparency of the judiciary and law enforcement agencies. The organization will produce independent news reports, articles and analytical pieces on significant legal cases and publish them on its specialized website. It will also establish a network of journalists in the country’s regions, provide it with methodological and legal support, and promote its findings on the national level through partners in the media and human rights community.

Promoting Local Civic Activism

Lion Society

$60,000

To promote civic activism and increase the capacity of NGOs in southwestern Ukraine. The organization will conduct trainings for local civic activists in the Chernivtsi, Odesa, and Zakarpattia regions. It will also provide consultations on building organizational capacity and offer small grant support to local civic initiatives. To enhance cooperation, the organization will convene a civil society forum in each region and organize study visits to showcase civic initiatives in other parts of the country.

Promoting Local Government Accountability

Odesa Committee of Voters of Ukraine

$95,180

To promote the accountability of local and regional elected officials. Ahead of October 2020 local elections and after, the organization will track the fulfillment of transparency and accountability obligations by members of municipal councils in the Odesa region and 15 other regions. It will regularly share its findings with the public through publications, public events and its website, and provide feedback and recommendations to elected officials.

Promoting Political Participation of Ukrainian Youth

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$250,000

To increase understanding of the barriers and opportunities for youth political participation and develop a model to engage youth in political activism, the Institute will undertake a youth political engagement pilot in two cities. The Institute will conduct research on youth political activism and then train civil society partners to develop and implement activities that engage youth in political parties and movements based on the findings. The partners will conduct the activities with NDI technical expertise and subgrant support to draw civically active youth into engagement with parties and political movements.

Promoting Public Understanding of the Reform Process

Ukrainian Toronto Television

$88,500

To increase the public’s understanding of reform processes and promote accountability. The media outlet will produce 30 episodes of its television program, broadcast them weekly on a major national television channel, 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

$20,300

To promote religious freedom through an informed analysis of religious rights and obstructions to religious beliefs. The organization will continue to provide accurate and timely news on religious affairs by operating an online news agency covering church-state relations, religious rights, and relations between Ukraine’s faith-based communities.

Promoting Responsible Local Governance

Chesno Movement

$47,500

To promote responsible local governance in Ukraine. Ahead of the October 2020 local elections, the grantee will monitor and analyze the performance of current mayors, scrutinize the biographies and assets of mayoral candidates in 21 regional centers, and share its findings with the public through reports, press conferences, and publications in traditional and social media. It will also conduct a nonpartisan campaign to raise public awareness of the role and obligations of mayors.

Promoting Youth Civic Activism in Eastern Ukraine

NGO “Platform for initiative Teplycya”

$43,500

To promote youth civic engagement in conflict-affected regions of eastern Ukraine. The organization will conduct a series of workshops to promote volunteering as a form of civic engagement, and equip local youth to develop community engagement projects. In addition to holding an online networking event, the group will produce education materials that highlight best practices and lessons learned.

Promoting Youth Participation in Local Governance in Western Ukraine

Center of Community Development

$26,900

To promote the greater participation of youth in local governance in western Ukraine. Through the joint training of youth activists and local officials, the organization will promote youth engagement in local governance, strengthen the role of youth in community development, empower young leaders with the skills necessary to participate in political processes, and facilitate the implementation of projects that support democratic values at a local level.

Protecting and Promoting the Rights of Veterans

Legal Hundred

$75,000

To protect and promote the right of veterans of the armed conflict in the Donbas. Relying on an extensive network of legal professionals and volunteers, the organization will disseminate legal information and provide legal assistance to veterans and their families. It will also work 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 among Youth

Professional Development of Kharkiv

$53,000

To strengthen youth activism and civic engagement in eastern Ukraine. The group will support organizational development of newly established NGOs in the eastern regions of the country. Through a series of educational events, the group will enhance management, communications, and advocacy skills of young activists. The grantee will award mini-grants for participants to implement projects that promote greater participation of youth in social cohesion and democratic transformations in local communities.

Strengthening Civic Activism and Local Democracy

Teple Misto

$73,500

To promote civic activism and strengthen local democracy. The organization will strengthen local democracy in Ivano-Frankivsk by further building 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 Central Ukraine

Modern Format

$50,000

To strengthen civil society organizations in rural areas in Zhytomyr, Vinnytsia and Khmelnytskyi regions. In cooperation with two partner organizations, it will hold an open call for proposals and select 30 organizations to participate in the program. It will assess the capacity of 15 organizations, and conduct four, two-day trainings on project management, strategic development, fundraising, and advocacy for at least 30 activists in each region.

Strengthening Independent Investigative Media

Power of Truth

$29,500

To strengthen independent investigative media and promote government accountability. The organization will investigate corruption and the misuse of public funds by local governments in the Volyn region, focusing on judicial, real estate, and public procurement cases. It will produce and publish analytical reports on pressing local issues on its website, and share them via social media and partners. The group will bring important cases to the attention of local law enforcement agencies and anticorruption institutions.

Strengthening Independent Media in Eastern Ukraine

Expert-KR

Supplement$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 municipal elections. In the aftermath, it will also monitor the activities of the newly-elected local governments.

Strengthening Independent Regional Media

Zmist Poltava

Supplement$50,000

To strengthen independent media in the Poltava region. The online outlet will increase and enhance its nonpartisan coverage of political developments related to local elections and decentralization. It will launch video production to diversify revenue streams and ensure its continued independence, and produce a monthly print newspaper to expand the outlet’s audience and provide objective news and information to a broader population. Additionally the portal will introduce new thematic sections, organize crowdfunding campaigns to support local community initiatives, and convene trainings for journalists.

Strengthening Local Democracy

Institute of Political Education

$55,000

To continue fostering democratic governance on the local level across Ukraine. The organization will conduct trainings for local government officials and civic activists in Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Kherson, Kharkiv, and Ternopil to prepare them to make maximum use of the opportunities presented by the decentralization reform. The program will equip participants to take advantage of the increased administrative responsibility and financial autonomy that will accompany the reform.

Strengthening Public Awareness and Support for Reform

Center for Studies of Political Values

$49,100

To strengthen public awareness and support for administrative reforms. The Center will produce a series of 10 short TV programs showcasing communities where decentralization reforms have been successfully implemented, and disseminate them through social media and national TV stations, including TV1 and TV24, reaching an audience of three million people.

Strengthening the Capacity of NGOs in Central and Eastern Ukraine

Tamarisk

Supplement$57,000

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 partnership-building capacity. It will conduct a series of trainings and workshops, facilitate public outreach campaigns, hold networking events, and provide online and onsite consultations.

Strengthening the Integrity and Transparency of Local Elections

Ukrainian Center for Social Data

$53,500

To strengthen the integrity and transparency of elections. The organization will expand its nonpartisan online platform to systematize and visualize data on elections in Ukraine. The organization will collect, process, and integrate detailed records of past local elections and the October 2020 local elections. The platform will present information through innovative visual tools and mapping. Free and convenient access to the interactive data will reduce the possibility of electoral fraud, inform political campaigns, and enhance the overall electoral process.

Supporting a New Generation of Political Leaders in Ukraine

European Institute for Democracy

$125,500

To support a new generation of political leaders in Ukraine. Ahead of October local elections, the Poland-based organization will offer four online training courses forpolitical leaders representing diverse parties and cities, introducing them to election campaigning, women empowerment, effective governing, and crisis management. It will also organize a study visit in Poland for all participants, create an online library of election-related training materials, and convene workshops with participants to share lessons learned.

Supporting Independent Regional Media

Center for Research on Donbas Social Perspectives

$50,000

To promote access to independent news and information about developments in eastern Ukraine. The organization’s popular news website will expand its analytical reporting on the armed conflict, continue to monitor the media and events in the non-government-controlled territories, and debunk propaganda narratives. The organization will publish selected materials in English.

Supporting Local Media

Lviv Media Forum

$61,500

To strengthen the capacity and professionalism of local media. The organization will convene the 8th annual Lviv Media Forum, bringing together over 800 journalists, editors, and media owners from Ukraine and over 20 other countries. It will also hold a workshop for representatives of local independent outlets and the donor community to discuss challenges facing independent media in an oligarch-dominated environment. Based on the discussion, the organization will propose recommendations and facilitate their implementation.

Supporting Regional Investigative Journalism

Fourth Estate

Supplement$37,500

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. The team will also undertake steps to strengthen its organizational capacity, expand its presence on social media, and carry out a fundraising campaign.

Supporting Rural Communities during the Land Reform

Democratic Initiatives Foundation

$50,000

To promote the implementation of land reform in rural communities and stimulate an informed dialogue among civil society, governmental officials, and the general public on the key issues related to the reform. The organization will carry out a series of focus groups to study land reform challenges for small landowners, develop policy recommendations, and convene advocacy meetings to promote evidence-based policy-making. The group will also organize regional public discussions to raise landowners’ awareness about their land rights and strengthen the reform process in the regions.