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“Culture Helps / Культура допомагає”: Project grants for integration through culture results

The results of the selection for the project grants competition for integration through culture within the “Culture Helps / Культура допомагає” project.

The grant program supports non-profit organisations and initiatives working with people who have been forced to relocate to safer regions or abroad due to russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The applied projects could receive up to €5000 for integration of people into new communities in Ukraine or Creative Europe countries through culture.

During the open call period, 543 applications were received, while within the first round of the call 22 projects were supported: 16 Ukrainian and 6 European (Poland, Lithuania, France, Austria) projects.

The evaluation of the projects was based on the following criteria:

  • Capacity and competencies of the team (15 points). 
  • Quality of the proposal. Special attention was given to activities aimed at integrating people who had to relocate to safer regions of Ukraine or Creative Europe countries (25 points).
  • Innovative/experimental approach of the project (5 points).
  • Sustainability of action (5 points).

Each application was evaluated by a panel of three jury members, including representatives of project partner organisations, as well as independent experts: cultural managers, curators, volunteers, and artists. The jury included:

  • Yuliia Alenina — operations manager at Insha Osvita;
  • Nataliia Martynenko — cultural manager at zusa;
  • Oleksandra Gorchynska — former Chief Digital Transformation Officer at the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine;
  • Kateryna Bova — project manager, a fundraiser for cultural and humanitarian projects; 
  • Mykhailo Glubokiy — development director of “IZOLYATSIA” charity foundation;
  • Anastasia Manylak — cultural manager, head of the visual art department at Ukrainian Institute;
  • Tanya Vovk — co-founder Psikultura;
  • Taras Demko — cultural manager, Director of the Lviv Organ Hall;
  • Lena Shulga — manager of international cooperation at Artists at Risk;
  • Anastasia Pavlova — manager of international cooperation projects;
  • Natalia Kernytska — international cooperations manager;
  • Daryna Zhyvohliadova — international cultural cooperation researcher, cultural program manager;
  • Viktor Ruban — dancer, performer, director, choreographer, researcher and coach, founder and director of Ruban Production ITP;
  • Evgeniya Molyar — art historian, critic, and participant of the initiative DE NE DE;
  • Vitaliy Kohan — paint artist, curator of Mogrytca art residency.

Participants of the competition will receive the selection results via the email address provided in their application.

The “Culture Helps / Культура допомагає” is a project co-funded by the EU Creative Europe Programme and implemented by zusa (DE) and Insha Osvita (UA). Should you have any questions, please contact us at or via Telegram chat