Capable and Resistant Program

Since the full-scale russian invasion, Ukrainian civil society rights organizations have faced extraordinary challenges and workload. They keep providing a range of vital services and help to people who were affected by the war, particularly internally displaced people and other vulnerable people. Projects aimed at supporting internally displaced persons, developing psychological  helplines, providing access to emergency shelters and improving living conditions at temporary shelters , and so on – all these activities require substantial financial and organizational resources.

To support the work of these organizations and increase the efficiency of the projects they currently implement, East Europe Foundation is implementing the Capable and Resistant Program, with the financial support of Switzerland.

On the first phaze that was run from September 2022 to June 2023, it involves organisations, selected by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The participants worked in various fields, in particular, their activities are aimed at combating gender-based violence and protecting women’s rights, supporting vulnerable groups, national minorities, as well as providing support to people affected by the full-scale invasion.

There were two components: providing grants and increasing institutional capacity.

The grants were directed towards: 

  • implementation of new projects, provision additional funding for existing projects or expansion of certain areas of activity;
  • strengthening the capacities of the involved organizations, for example, creating new positions or purchasing equipment or services necessary to carry out current work.

At the same time, along with the grants component, each organization undergo an organizational capacity assessment and receive a roadmap for development in order to increase its institutional capacity and provide support to sustainable implemention of its projects and initiatives. As part of the development program, organizations were offered a series of trainings and mentoring support in the field of financial management, project and team management, fundraising, work with volunteers, communications and other areas. 

The second phaze of the Program run from July 2023 to April 2024. It will consist of the grant and training components for CSOs.