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This Call for Applications (CFA) is a part of the USAID “Ukraine National Initiatives to Enhance Reforms” (UNITER) project implemented by Pact Inc. Under this CFA, East Europe Foundation (EEF) and Pact Inc as the implementers of UNITER project will accept applications from Ukrainian civil society organizations.

The primary purpose of the UNITER project is to strengthen and assist leading Ukrainian pro-reform civil society organizations (CSOs) to sustain and consolidate democratic gains. The project addresses systemic challenges to civil society as well as supports NGOs advocacy initiatives from various spheres of public life which are essential in advancing Ukraine’s reform process.

Current CFA continues the Local Advocacy Grants Program (LAGP) of the UNITER project. Implemented since 2009 in partnership with International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), the LAGP supported 80 grants to local NGOs.  These advocacy initiatives focused on issues of government accountability, municipal housing reform, citizen participation, effective citizen input into local development planning, empowerment for disadvantaged groups, consumer rights protection, and monitoring of campaign promises.  The full list of supported projects can be found at www.uniter.org.ua.

The goal of current CFA is to sponsor NGO-driven, non-partisan advocacy initiatives from different regions of Ukraine, dedicated to enhance transparent and fair parliamentary elections in 2012. The proposals supported under this CFA will look at elections as means in democratic reform processes, not an ends. Successful proposals therefore should be targeted to have an impact beyond elections, not be focused solely on election day.

Key objectives:

1) To raise awareness among voters on new legislation regulating parliamentary elections process.
2) To provide Ukrainian citizens with access to balanced information on the participants of election campaign and election process.
3) To encourage active and honest public participation in the electoral process.
4) To create and develop regional networks and platforms to enhance wide public participation in providing fair and honest elections.
5) To ensure greater civil society influence over electoral processes and elected officials, increase their accountability and transparency.

Project activities may include but are not limited to:

a. Awareness raising campaigns on electoral rights and principles;
b. Organization of public fora, town hall meetings and issue based candidate debates, with a goal of facilitating meaningful and substantive dialogue with and vetting of candidates seeking office;
c. Voter lists verification initiatives;
d. New innovative tools in polling and analysis of citizens’ and the country’s priorities;
e. New media and mobile technology for election awareness, voter education, transparency of electoral processes and advocacy;
f. Issue and constituency based get-out-the-vote campaigns targeting the population at large, as well as disadvantaged groups (youth, women, disabled people);
g. Media outreach, candidate debates and issue based awareness raising campaigns;
h. NGO monitoring and advocacy efforts that promote Ukrainian reforms and help citizens hold government accountable.

Eligibility criteria: Ukrainian officially registered non-profit non-governmental organizations, which have appropriate resources and experience or potential in realizing fair and honest election-related advocacy initiatives.


Grant amount: 100 000 UAH in average
Tentative duration of the grants: up to 8 months.

How to Apply?

Application form and instructions (in Ukrainian) as well as detailed description of the current call for applications can be found at the websites of EEF and Pact.
Deadline for submission of the applications is April 18th, 2012.
Results of the competition will be announced no later than June 18th, 2012.

EEF and Pact reserve the right not to provide funding if quality of applications does not satisfy the competition’s criteria.

All applications may be submitted electronically to the e-mail address uniter@eef.org.ua by no later than April 18, 2012, 12 p.m.

Applications in hard copies (only those that were not submitted electronically) may also be submitted by no later than April 18, 2012 to the following address:

East Europe Foundation,
Subj. “UNITER project”
Kyiv, 03680, vul. Velyka Vasylkivska, 55, 3rd floor

Questions related to this call for application and its procedure can be submitted in writing to the e-mail address uniter@eef.org.ua until April 12, 2012. 


Contact person:

EEF: Yuriy Piskalyuk, Program Manager, Tel/fax: (+380 44) 200-38-24/25/26, yuriyp@eef.org.ua
 
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East Europe Foundation is a privately managed non-profit organization supported by Eurasia Foundation and other public and private donors. Launched in 2008, EEF mobilizes public and private resources for community, social and economic development in Ukraine and is a member of the Eurasia Foundation Network. For more information please visit: www.eef.org.ua.

Established in 1971 as an independent international non-profit corporation, Pact is a networked global organization that builds the capacity of local leaders and institutions to meet pressing social needs by empowering communities, effective governments and responsible private institutions to give people an opportunity for a better life. Pact maintains field offices in 26 countries and implements projects in 57 countries. Pact established its Kyiv based office in 2005 implementing the Organizational Development Support (ODS) program in the Western NIS to promote increased, well-informed citizen participation in civic and community-based initiatives in the region. In 2008 it was awarded the UNITER project by USAID to strengthen civil society in Ukraine. More information at www.uniter.org.ua and www.pactworld.org.