Guide to EU Programs for Ukraine

In spite of the ongoing full-scale war, Ukraine was accorded EU candidate status in 2023 and has since initiated negotiations with the European Council on accession. These developments have unlocked unprecedented opportunities for Ukraine to integrate into the European landscape, gain access to financial resources, and benefit from support programs across various sectors.

While Ukraine has previously had access to several EU-funded programs, the process of European integration will undoubtedly broaden the scope to attract such resources.

This guide has been developed to acquaint Ukrainian project managers with the extensive range of EU programs and to assist them in preparing competitive project applications.

The authors of this publication are Myroslav Kosheliuk, a PhD in Psychology and an expert in local and regional development, and Laura Trofin, a PhD in European Studies and Sociology.

The primary objective of this guide is to foster competency development among local and regional managers in Ukraine and to enhance their ability to effectively utilize European resources for their community development.

The document encompasses a broad spectrum of programs, including EU sectoral programs, interregional, cross-border and transnational cooperation programs, and new financial instruments specifically designed to support Ukraine.

In addition, the guide covers the nuances of preparing project applications and provides information on where to find current calls for proposals.

This guide, titled “Overview of EU Programs Available to Applicants from Ukraine”, was prepared under the auspices of Recovery and Resilience Program, implemented by East Europe Foundation, funded by the Federal Government of Germany, and supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the stance of the Federal Government of Germany, GIZ, or East Europe Foundation. It is distributed free of charge.