Phoenix: Resilient Ukraine in the Time of War

The Ukrainian civil sector responded with lightning speed to numerous problems caused by the war and started to address them. However, public organizations have to adapt quickly, develop new competencies and areas of activity. At the same time, local non-governmental organizations are well aware of the context and issues of their target communities.

To support civil society, we at East Europe Foundation provide grants to non-governmental organizations to implement projects, develop useful technological solutions and promote their institutional development. In addition to it, we develop a number of online training courses.


The Phoenix Project is implemented by East Europe Foundation, funded by the European Union, and aimed at strengthening Ukrainian civil society to overcome the consequences of the war. The Project implementation period is from 2022 to 2024.

The Project objectives are as follows

  • respond to challenges that local non-governmental organizations face in meeting the needs of new residents of territorial communities and their communication with local authorities;
  • improve the resilience of communities hosting IDPs and displaced entrepreneurs;
  • contribute to capacity building of non-governmental organizations and improve their effectiveness through civic tech solutions;
  • provide training and professional development opportunities for non-governmental organizations and IDPs through three new online courses at Zrozumilo! Online Educational Platform; and provide grants for institutional development.

The Project consists of the following components

  • Online Training Program. We improve the professional competencies of civil sector actors and support projects that contribute to the capacity building of organizations. The Program component provides for both awareness-raising campaigns and the development of three online courses at Zrozumilo! Online Educational Platform.
  • Acceleration Program. We provide funding and mentoring support for implementing civic tech tools – digital solutions to improve the interaction between authorities and citizens of the communities, especially required at a wartime context.
  • Grant Support Program for Civic Initiatives. This component provides grant support for projects implemented by non-governmental organizations as well as a series of grants for institutional support.
Program news
Database from the Fiscal Center
The Ukraine Crisis Media Center presented of an interactive tool for monitoring the expenditures from the Fund for the Elimination of the Consequences of Armed Aggression
In Kyiv for the "TogetherWeAct Fest"
European Union in Ukraine brought together civil society activists, experts, CSOs and media representatives, officials, Kyiv residents and guests at Mystetskyi Arsenal
Trained partners at a training for NGOs
A training on enhancing organizational capacity took place in Kyiv for 11 organizations. We discussed communications, financial and administrative management, and IT solutions.
Legal Consultation Platform
Within the Acceleration Program of the Phoenix Project, we supported the development of a platform providing free legal assistance
Discussion about civil society
We invite you to the Public Lecture “Ukrainian Civil Society and War: Challenges, Values, Strength" by Oleksandra Matviichuk
Public Discussion
We invite you to join the discussion about the Ukrainian activism
Notes from the discussion
Discussion on “Energy of Change: The Triumphs and Trials of Ukrainian Civil Society”
Course on the History of Ukrainian Civil Society
On January 22, a course about the Ukrainian civil society since the country’s independence was presented in Kyiv
We presented study of civil society sector
The results highlight changes in the work, problems and needs of organizations, project activities, and organizational capacity in the second year of the full-scale war.
Press Event: Presenation of the Research
On October 31, at 14:00, we presented the study of CSOs in a time of a war
Winners of the Act to Support
The winning civil society organisations were awarded up to 20,000 euros
Demo Day
On October 11 We'll Announce Winners of the Act to Support Competition
20 projects for the demo day
During the three-day ideathon of the Act to Support competition, the jury selected 20 nongovernmental organizations to participate in the Acceleration Program!
Training on SMM for NGOs
East Europe Foundation and EU Kick Off Social Media Marketing Training for NGOs
We selected 40 CSOs
We are pleased to announce the completion of the selection process for the participation of CSOs in the Ideathon Act to Support
New course about SMM for NGOs
East Europe Foundation and EU Launch the Social Media Marketing Course for NGOs
Training on creating online events
We invite you to a training on creating online events and the presentation of a new course on SMM for NGOs
Act to Support Civic Tech Сompetition
EU and East Europe Foundation Announce Act to Support Civic Tech Сompetition to Assist IDPs and Host Communities
New grants for NGOs
The EU and EEF announced Phoenix Project and new grant competition
New grant competition to be announced
On February 16 we announce new project and grant competition for CSOs