“Culture Helps / Культура допомагає”. Project grants for integration through culture up to 5000 EUR

“Culture Helps / Культура допомагає”. Project grants for integration through culture up to 5000 EUR

“Culture Helps / Культура допомагає” opens a call for applications for Projects mini grants. You can receive up to €5.000 for implementation of projects, focused on integration of people, who were forced to leave their homes because of the Russian war against Ukraine. 

The Project grants programme offers support for cultural organisations that emphasize work with people, who have been forced to move to safer regions of Ukraine or Creative Europe countries because of the Russia’s war in Ukraine. The project idea must be focused on displaced people or refugees, facilitation of their integration into new contexts through culture, and support of their mental health. Additional efforts should be put into involving families and children in the project activities. The proposed activities can have a form of workshops, co-creation processes, educational projects, art therapy or similar.

Facts on the Project grants program

  • “Culture helps” include 4 calls for Project grants, which will be announced in 2023-2024. This is the second call of the programme.
  • The next call will be launched in March 2024. Each call will support around 20 project grants. 
  • 70% of the total grants are expected to be disbursed in Ukraine, 30% in Creative Europe countries.
  • Minimum amount of the grant is €2.000, maximum €5.000.
  • You can find out which projects were supported in the first call of the programme by the link.

To apply for the grant, you need to be (eligibility criteria)

  • A non-profit organisation or an independent initiative, based in Ukraine or a Creative Europe country
  • Actively working on the integration of displaced people or refugees from Ukraine into new realities and communities through culture, in particular families and children. 

Application and timeline

  • Applications can be submitted via link. You can find all questions from the form here.
  • You can apply in English or Ukrainian (choose the one convenient for you – it will not affect the result of the assessment).
  • If you have technical or other difficulties with the Internet connection, you can submit an application as a Word document. Please reach us via email if it is your case. 
  • Deadline for applications is November 5, 2023, 23:59 Kyiv time.
  • Results of the selection process will be announced not later than December 15, 2023.
  • The start of project implementation no earlier than January 15, 2024;
  • Activities under this call should end by April 15, 2024. 

Selection process and criteria

The selection process will include:

  • Check for eligibility – make sure you are eligible to apply for the call, otherwise your application will not be considered.
  • Assessment of proposals by jury.

The following aspects will be assessed: 

  • Capacity and competences of the team (15 points). 
  • Quality of the proposal (25 points). In order to form a high-quality proposal when writing an application, consider the following: Is the project idea focused on displaced people or refugees from Ukraine? Is the integration through culture and/or facilitation of integration the main scope of the project proposal? Are there any unexpected & cross-sectoral activities? Is mental health awareness included in the proposal? Is the requested budget adequate for the project? Are families and children involved in the proposal?
  • Innovative/ experimental approach (15 points).
  • Sustainability of action (5 points).

The projects scoring 60% on each category and 80% overall will be awarded with the budget requested in the application, with a maximum of €5.000.

Do you have any questions left? Use one of the possibilities to prepare a better application: 

  • Focus on the advice before filling out the application.
  • Join an online info session on October 24, 2023, 16:00 Kyiv time. Please register via link for the session, and we will send you an invitation with a Zoom link. 
  • By the link, you can find a recording of a previous Online info session on project grants, where we discussed many questions related to the preparation of the application.
  • Contact us via email, culture_helps@insha-osvita.org.
  • Contact us via Telegram chat

Also, if you work in non-formal education, art, cultural and creative industries, human rights initiatives and related fields and want to support us in evaluating project applications, pay attention to the open call for the jury.

“Culture Helps / Культура допомагає” is a project co-funded by the European Union under a dedicated call for proposals to support Ukrainian displaced people and the Ukrainian Cultural and Creative Sectors. The project is a cooperation between Insha Osvita (UA) and zusa (DE).