Project "Civil Society for Democratisation"


to strengthen the capability of civil society organizations (CSOs) for advocating democratization reforms on the regional and local levels. 



1.Increase the involvement of a wider range of civil society (CS) actors in the democratization process in Ukraine, with a focus on the actors outside of the capital; after 24.02.2022 the special emphasis is made on the CSOs role in the solution of the war-related problems.

2. Enhancement of the capacity of CS actors in their own outreach and engagement with citizens and communities, in particular in war-related initiatives;

3. Strengthening of regional CSOs internal control and governance, development of professional not-for-profit management; after 24.02.2022 the focus is made on reinforcing CSOs institutional and adaptive capacities under the war conditions.

4. Advance regional and thematic policy dialogue between civil society and relevant stakeholders by means of providing Ukrainian citizens with information about international assistance to Ukraine, counteracting Russian propaganda and trends of Ukrainian economy.


Expected outputs:  

a) regional and thematic dialogues on reform policies between civil society and relevant stakeholders are reinforced (1 900 000 readership reached (all the projects of grantees, as well as media projects), 1500 regional publications issued, 35 meetings with stakeholders were held);

b) the capability of CSOsfor communication and collaboration with citizens and territorial communities is enhanced (4 communication trainings were conducted, 80 participants were involved in, 20 events on reform policy discussion were organised by the grantees, 400 participants were involved). Institutional and adaptive capacities of the CSOs enhanced: 3 trainings organized; 120 participants engaged; 8 operational and strategic plans developed by the participants of these events.

c) internal control and managementare strengthened, professional management of the non-profit organization is developed (15 internal policies were implemented, 4 trainings on internal control and management were conducted, 80 participants were involved). Project grantees delivered psychological, legal and employment assistance to 2400 IDPs.

d) regional and thematic dialogueon reform policies between civil society and relevant stakeholders are reinforced (2,000 readership reached, 100 regional publications issued, 20 meetings with stakeholders were held). Project grantees delivered psychological and educational assistance to 1150 children.

e) Project grantees engaged at least 60 volunteers and minimum 2 volunteer initiatives established.

f) 1000 publications made on the telegram channels of the project

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Mid-term Outputs: first-year quantitative results of the project’s activities. 

Grants provided: 30 CSOs-grantees of the project (28 projects already finished).

Project Implementation Area: Chernihiv, Dnipro, Luhansk, Ternopil, Vinnytsya, Zhytomyr, Odesa, Khmelnytsky, Donetsk, Lviv, Rivne, Kherson regions and the city of Kyiv.  

Meetings with stakeholders organized within the grants’ framework: 26. 

Number of grantees publications within the initiative Civil Society for Democratisation”: 1068 (grantees websites and social media pages). 

Events organised within the framework of the Project: 18 (8 trainings, 2 conferences and 8 online discussions). For detailed information please visit the section “Events” and “News of the Institute”.  

Number of the event’s participants within the Project: 641 (via ZOOM platform).

As a result of the participation in the training “Internal policies and procedures” organisations-participants implemented 42 internal policies and procedures.

Project grantees conducted 28 policy dialogue events where 1177 people participated.

456 publications made on the project telegram channels.

Project grantees provided psychological, legal and other assistance to 1478 IDPs.

Project grantees provided support to 812 children.

40 volunteers were engaged to the grantees´ projects.

Project grantees published 1068 materials and reached the readership of 1 855 369 people.


The first-year qualitative results of the project’s activities.  

Local democracy tools during the COVID-19 pandemic” research was produced. The results of the research were presented at the “Democracy on “Quarantine”? How local democracy tools worked out” discussion. 

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Research results: 

  • The project grantees have made analysis of communication between the government and community during the pandemic COVID-19 in Chernihiv, Dnipro, Luhansk, Ternopil, Vinnytsya, Zhytomyr, Odesa, Khmelnytsky, Donetsk, Lviv, Rivne, Kherson regionsand the city of Kyiv. 

  • Recommendations for the local authorities from all Ukrainian regions were elaborated and sent. 

  • A platform for the exchange of ideas and experience among civil activists, government officials and experts were created 

  • Information on local democracy tools (participatory budgets, youth councils, electronic petitions, etc.)  for those who are interested in the democratic process development on the local level and for the project grantees was provided 

  • "Internal policies and procedures in CSOs: the need for implementation, application peculiarities and practical advice" training was conducted.Civil activists acquired practice recommendations and knowledge of main policies and procedures in CSOs. This, in turn, contributed to the implementation of one or more policies by the participant organizations.


Subgranting contests: 

  • Results of the first wave of the Grants Contest “Communication of the government with the community during the COVID-19 pandemic” (preview).
  • Results of the second wave of the Grants Contest “Dialogue Development with the Authorities” (preview).

  • Results of the third wave of the Grants Contest “Enlightenment and dialogue towards the democracy development” (preview).

  • Results of the fourth wave of the Grants Contest “Consolidation for Ukraine's victory” 10.06.2022 (preview).

  • Results of the fourth wave of the Grants Contest “Consolidation for Ukraine's victory” 23.06.2022 (preview).

    Results of the fourth wave of the Grants Contest “Consolidation for Ukraine's victory”  26.07.2022 (preview).

  • Results of the fourth wave of the Grants Contest “Consolidation for Ukraine's victory”  31.10.2022 (preview).



  • 27-28.01.2022 training “Effective communications for civil society activities:  how to connect with your audience on social media. 

  • 01.10.2021 conference “Civil society participation in local democracy development” (see the report) 

  • 15.07.2021 discussion “Democracy on “Quarantine”? How local democracy tools worked out” 

  • 13.07.2021 training “Internal policies and procedures in CSOs” 

  • 15.06.2021 training “Electronic petitions and other civil society activists’ appeals 

  • 08.06.2021 training “Youth councils as an instrument of local democracy” 

  • 26.05.2021 training “Participatory budgets: from search for ideas to the implementation control” 

  • 08.04.2021 conference “Impact of COVID-19 on Local Democracy Instruments” 

  • 29.01.2021 online discussion “After elections: how to ensure efficient local democracy” 

  • 18.12.2020 online discussion “Digital services during the period of COVID-19: do regions see “the state on smartphone?” 



  • The book of success stories (preview)


Project Timeline:  

1.10.2020 – 30.09.2023


Donor Organisation for the Project Implementation:  

The project is financed by the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation.

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