In September, Cedos and the Institute for European Policy (Institut für Europäische Politik, IEP) announce a competition mini-grants for civil society organizations to implement research projects in hromadas related to recovery and European integration. 

We have received 56 applications, from which the expert jury selected 3 organisations to receive grants of EUR 5,000 each to implement research projects in hromadas. Winners will also receive consulting and expert support in developing research design, methodology, research process, and writing a report.

The winners

It is planned to create a single support centre for veterans and their family members in the Kolomyia city community. The purpose of the research is a comprehensive analysis of the problems and needs of veterans in the Kolomyia urban territorial hromada and neighbouring territorial hromadas.

The purpose of the project is to investigate the motives of young people and their parents for labour and student migration, helping reveal gaps in local education and employment systems and understand workforce dynamics and skill gaps in order to assist the local authorities with accurate data to develop local strategies and programs.

The research proposal seeks to analyze the integration and application of perennial plants in urban design to enhance sustainability, aesthetics, and quality of life in urban areas. The central idea is to explore how the strategic use of perennials can contribute to environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing urban spaces.

The competition is part of the “UA Transformation Lab”, a joined project by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), CedosIlko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) and New Europe Center (NEC). It is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. The project aims to strengthen Ukrainian analytical centers and civil organizations, deepen their cooperation with local authorities, and provide the necessary tools to effectively support recovery and European integration processes.