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Ukrainian Catholic University
$56,000
To support the Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU), an online news agency that covers the issues of church-state relations, freedom of conscience, and conflicts between Ukraine’s various faith communities
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All Ukrainian Association of the Civic Organization Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU) 
$48,260
To publish the 2009-2010 edition of its annual report on human rights in Ukraine. The report, which UHHRU has produced since 2004, will be published in Ukrainian and English for distribution to govern­ment agencies, domestic and interna­tional media, political parties, universities, domestic and international human rights NGOs, and foreign embassies in Kyiv.

All-Ukrainian Youth Civic Organization Young Rukh 
$49,991
To increase cooperation between youth movements throughout Ukraine. Young Rukh will work to increase tolerance among youth leaders, particularly in terms of common cultural and linguistic stereo­types that are often leveraged by politi­cians to divide an otherwise united polity.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$540,000
To grow and strengthen independent trade unions in Ukraine so that they can more effectively participate in social dialogue and public policy development. The Solidarity Center will support trade union education and organizing efforts in strategic regions and economic sectors. The Solidarity Center will also support programs to develop trade union leader­ship skills, expand the role of women in trade union activities, and promote internationally recognized labor rights.

Association Spilnyi Prostir
$50,000
To increase dialogue between, and improve the accountability of, elected officials, media and voters in Ukraine. Greater media awareness and civic activism will be fostered in six regions of Ukraine through a series of trainings and discus­sion groups, as well as civic campaigns engaging approximately 600 people.

Bakhchisarai Center of Regional Development “Top-Kaya”
$19,867
To develop NGO initiatives in Crimea, specifically in the northern, eastern, and central regions of the peninsula, where such initiatives are underdeveloped. Top-Kaya will organize a series of trainings for civic activists in Crimea, hold a summer school for civic initiatives, create a data­base of active Crimean NGOs, and hold an activity fair to publicize new civic initiatives.

Bukovynian Center for American Studies (ASC)
$34,000
To promote civic education in Ukraine through a course on the system of trial by jury and constitutional law. The program will impart both techni­cal knowledge and practical skills to the next generation of Ukraine’s lead­ers studying at five universities. ASC will also organize a jury trial competi­tion for 15 students and a three-day teacher development training seminar for approximately 15 professors.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$485,000
To improve the institutional capacity, sustainability, and management skills of Ukraine’s business associations as well as their advocacy skills. CIPE will es­tablish a Kyiv field office to coordinate a comprehensive program to build as­sociations’ management, organizational, advocacy, fundraising, communications, and membership development capac­ity. CIPE will encourage the formation of coalitions of associations at the re­gional and national levels, to increase the impact of future anticorruption work.

 

Center for Research on Social Perspectives in the Donbas
$49,700
To cover political developments in the Donetsk, Luhansk, and Ivano-Frankivsk regions, and increase the availability of objective and timely information about the impact of Kyiv politics on the regions.

Center for Support of Civic and Cultural Initiatives “Tamarisk”
$27,000
To develop regional NGO initiatives. Tamarisk will partner with the Polish NGO “Center of Local Activism” to develop a network of Civic Activism Centers, which will work to increase cooperation between NGOs, citizens, government, and media in addressing pressing local issues. Tamarisk will train 40 civic activists and establish at least five Civic Activism Centers in under­served areas of Dnipropetrovsk region.

Center for the Study of Social Processes and Humanitarian Issues
$29,800
To support a three-person team of journal­ists covering regional news in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk and surrounding region. In the coming year, the Center’s correspondents will report on economic and political developments in the region, as well as the October 2010 regional elections.

Cherkassy Regional Organization of Committee Voters of Ukraine
$27,160
To analyze the performance of current council deputies, publish an analysis of party lists, monitor the fulfillment of campaign promises by newly-elected officials, and work to engage the pub­lic in monitoring activities prior to the country’s October 2010 local elections.

Chernihiv City Youth Organization Educational Centre “INITIATIVE”
$27,287
To increase the accountability of local authorities to citizens’ needs and increase the flow of information between the electorate and local officials. The organi­zation will conduct extensive monitoring of the Chernihiv, Nizhyna and Pryluk City Councils, as well as the Regional Coun­cil and Chernihiv city administration.

Chernivtsi Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)
$26,885
To press deputies and regional par­ties to fulfill their campaign promises. During the project, the Chernivtsi CVU will monitor the Vyzhnytsia, Hlybots­kiy, Storozhynets, Kitsman, and Khotyn City Councils, and the Chernivtsi City and Regional Councils. In addition, the Chernivtsi CVU will analyze the electoral platforms of the larger regional parties in the run up to the October 2010 elections.

Chernivtsi Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)
$9,074
To conduct a three-month monitoring pro­gram that will include long-term, medium-term, and election-day monitoring for Ukraine’s October 2010 local and regional elections. The specific elections to be mon­itored will be those for region, city, and vil­lage councils and city, township, and village mayors; these will be the first elections to take place under the new election law.

Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF)
$50,000
To stimulate informed debate and dia­logue among civil society, government and the general public on issues relating to Ukraine’s transition to democracy. DIF will help ensure that Ukraine’s lead­ers are informed about public opinion, while at the same time informing the public about important policy debates.

Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF)
$15,000 (supplement)

Dniprovsky Center for Social Research
$25,000
To create an informational platform that will increase dialogue between civil society and local government. The Center will organize four focus groups, conduct a seminar and four roundtables, monitor local government entities, produce 2,000 copies of its journal on NGO activities and publish an analytical report on the growth and development of the third sector in the Dnipropetrovsk region.

Donetsk Regional Organization of All-Ukrianian NGO “Committee of Voters of Ukraine” (CVU)
$49,470
To continue developing its internet portal, with an emphasis on online video. In order to familiarize a greater portion of the population of Donetsk region with the activities of regional NGOs, the Donetsk CVU will continue to expand its website. The site will continue to publicize news and information on the local third sector.

Foundation for the Development of the City of Mykolaiv
$25,233
To increase the professional capabili­ties of NGO leaders and to train them in how to carry out public advocacy cam­paigns in defense of citizens’ rights.

Freedom House – Ukraine
$50,400
To produce the 2010 edition of its annual report on human rights in Ukraine. Several press conferences and roundtables will be organized in order to promote the find­ings and raise awareness of human rights in Ukraine; the results will also be made available on the organization’s website.

Independent Center of Political Researchers and Journalists
$28,880
To research and analyze the impact of Rus­sia’s Black Sea Fleet on the development of democracy in Crimea. The Center will also carry out research into the integra­tion of the Crimean Tatars into Ukrainian society and the impact of recent Russian outreach efforts to the Tatars. The Center will hold roundtables and publish a series of articles on these issues on its web site.

Information and Analytical Center “Civic Space”
$32,700
To improve the information and com­munication strategies of Ukrainian NGOs. Civic Space will analyze the present com­munication strategies of NGOs, develop a set of best practices for NGO project implementation, assist NGOs in craft­ing new reporting strategies, and identify issues affecting third sector activities.

Institute of Mass Information
$35,000
To foster freedom of information in Ukraine. The Institute will monitor conflicts over journalists’ access to official information, render assistance to journalists, develop proposals for reforming media law, and track the progress of efforts to reform media law and freedom of information law through the national legislature.

Integration and Development Center for Information and Research (IDCIR)
$36,796
To increase the professionalism of the regional press in its coverage of inter-ethnic relations and to develop indepen­dent journalism in Crimea. The IDCIR will monitor the regional press for hate speech, publish the results of its moni­toring, and work with local NGOs and community activists to foster the develop­ment of independent media in Crimea.

International Charitable Foundation “Ukrainian Women’s Fund” (UWF)
$40,300
To increase the involvement of women in Ukrainian political life. The UWF will conduct three training programs for aspiring women politicians, fo­cusing on professional skills, net­working, and navigating Ukraine’s political system. Training sessions will be held in Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Zhytomyr, Kherson, and Crimea by a consortium of five organizations receiving subgrants from the UWF.

Ivano-Frankivsk Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)
$6,300
To conduct a three-month monitor­ing program that will include long-term, medium-term, and election-day moni­toring for Ukraine’s October 2010 lo­cal and regional elections. The specific elections to be monitored will be those for regional, city, and village councils and city, township, and village mayors; these will be the first elections to take place under the new election law.

Kharkiv Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)
$19,365
To conduct a three-month monitoring program that will include long-term and election-day monitoring for Ukraine’s October 2010 local and regional elections. The specific elections to be monitored will be those for regional, city, and village councils and city, township, and village mayors; these will be the first elections to take place under the country’s new election law. The Kharkiv CVU will focus its efforts on election-day activities, monitoring about 30 percent of precincts and the territorial election commissions.

Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG)
$46,660
To produce a series of publications on hu­man rights and to maintain a virtual human rights library on its website www.khpg.org. The KHPG will also create a website for victims of human rights abuses on the civil society portal www.maidan.org.ua and continue to monitor draft legislation in the national and regional legislative assemblies.

Kharkiv Municipal Non-governmental Organization “Kharkiv Institute for Social Research”
$25,000
To address the problem of continued hu­man rights abuses, especially among ethnic minorities, by police officers through an educational program for officials at regional police departments. The program will consist of curriculum development and two four-day training sessions on preventing human rights abuses, which the partici­pants will then apply in their home regions.

Kherson City Association of Journalists “South”
$42,100
To support a traveling festival of human rights documentary films, docudays.ua, which will be shown in 22 regions through­out Ukraine, including Vinnitsya, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kyiv, Krivyi Rih, Luhansk, Lviv, Odesa, Poltava, Sumy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Simferopol, Yevpatoria, Sevasto­pol, and 79 villages and regional centers.

Kherson Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)
$25,000
To monitor the fulfillment of electoral campaign promises by deputies of the Kherson, Kakhovsk, Tsyurupynsk, and Skadovsk Regional Councils, and Novo Kakhovka, Kakhovka, Tsyurupynsk, and Skadovsk City Councils.

Kremenchug City Committee of Youth Organizations
$24,987
To foster the growth of youth organi­zations in rural areas of Poltava and Cherkassy regions. The program will consist of twenty, one-day training semi­nars for NGO leaders and three, two-day trainings in Kremenchuk; a small grants competition; two internship programs for young NGO leaders; publication of a guidebook for NGO activists and a quarterly newsletter; and a conclud­ing conference of youth NGO leaders.

Luhansk Region Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)
$14,040
To conduct a three-month monitor­ing program that will include long-term, medium-term, and election-day monitor­ing for Ukraine’s October 2010 local and regional elections. The specific elec­tions to be monitored will be those for regional, city, and village councils and city, township, and village mayors; these will be the first elections to take place under the country’s new election law.

Luhansk Regional Public Organization “European Choice” Business Club
$23,000
To democratize student govern­ment mechanisms as a way of in­creasing students’ understanding of democratic ideals and their practi­cal application. The program will be based in Luhansk, but will involve participants from Jelenia Gora in Poland and Novocherkask in Russia.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$300,000
To improve representation of women in Ukraine’s political institutions. The program will enhance the capacity of women candidates to run for public office, generate changes in party prac­tices that enhance women’s political participation, and facilitate the forma­tion of a women’s parliamentary caucus. NDI will organize a series of round­tables, seminars for women candidates, and consultations with party members, parliamentarians, and representatives of domestic and international NGOs.

Odesa Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)
$20,000
To monitor the activities of regional legislatures and city councils in Odesa, Kotovsk, Pozdilnya, Bilhorod-Dnistro­vskiy, Izmail, and Reni. The Odesa CVU will examine the electoral platforms of individual deputies and parties from 2006 until the present, and produce an analytical report detailing the degree to which those electoral platforms have been fulfilled.

Odesa Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)
$13,160
To ensure free and fair elections in Odesa region, the Odesa CVU will carry out a monitoring and observa­tion program for the country’s Octo­ber 2010 elections. Elections for city councils are particularly important in Ukraine, both because they have a significant impact on citizens’ day-to-day affairs, and because the smaller scale, more fragmented nature of campaigns and voting creates more opportunities for abuse of the process.

Open Society Foundation – Ukraine (OSF)
$55,000
To monitor and publicize the activities of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parlia­ment. OSF will produce three publica­tions and an electronic bulletin detailing the work of members of parliament from each party or faction. It will also conduct a series of ten roundtables to increase the accountability of elected officials to their constituents, and will continue to modernize and update its website.

Polissya Foundation of International and Regional Research
$25,000
To increase the media literacy of youth in Ukraine’s Chernihiv, Zhytomyr, and Sumy regions. The organization will continue to operate its Analytical School, which provides youth from rural areas of the targeted regions with a fundamental understanding of regional politics, meth­ods for influencing the policy objectives of legislators, and analytical tools for assessing the performance of elected officials and local administrations.

Public Organization “Donetsk Press Club” (DPC)
$37,380
To continue educating journalists in eastern Ukraine. The DPC will organize 12 press club meetings throughout the Donetsk region. In addition, the DPC will continue its monthly meetings at its main office. Press releases from each of the meetings will be published on the DPC’s web site.

Public Organization “Our Town”
$37,565
To continue its regional reporting and press monitoring programs. Our Town will organize a journalists’ association with ten journalists and five experts. In addition, Our Town will conduct weekly meetings for 25 independent journalists in western Ukraine, monitor reporting by the regional mass media, and track reporting on important regional issues.

Public Organization Telekritika
$60,880
To raise standards of journalistic profes­sionalism. Telekritika will continue to operate its web site, which promotes professionalism in journalism, and publish several issues of theTelekritika magazine.

Regional Information Center for Women (RICW)
$40,590
To continue supporting nascent civic initiatives in the rural regions of Kiro­vohrad region. The RICW will maintain 25 resource centers that constitute its Civic Education Network (CEN), conduct four seminars for up to 150 participants on basic project management, award ap­proximately 15 microgrants up to $600 to local initiatives, and maintain its website.

Regional Press Development Institute (RPDI)
$55,241
To improve the quality of government-run websites and e-governance initiatives in Ukraine. Building on the highly-successful model of NED grantee Information Free­dom Development Institute (IFDI, based in St. Petersburg, Russia), RPDI will monitor 56 government websites, develop a trans­parency rating system, and disseminate the findings of its monitoring activities.

Regional Resource Agency Crimea Perspective
$19,720
To increase independent monitoring of the activities of regional and local administra­tions and councils in Crimea. The Agency will provide representatives of local NGOs with training in effective monitoring prac­tices, supervise the monitoring activities of program participants, publicize the results of its monitoring, and produce policy rec­ommendations for NGOs interested in con­ducting independent monitoring programs.

Rivne Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)
$22,250
To monitor the transparency of local gov­ernment decision-making and work with local civil society leaders in Rivne region.

Rivne Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)
$14,205
To conduct a three-month monitoring program for Ukraine’s October 2010 local and regional council and mayoral elections. These will be the first elections under the country’s new election law. In addition to monitoring, the Rivne CVU will produce a guidebook for members of electoral com­missions on local election laws, explana­tions of election procedures and examples of documents such as properly filled out voter lists and vote tabulation protocols.

School for Policy Analysis of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
$60,800
To promote public knowledge of, and in­volvement in, the process of constitutional reform. The project will focus on deepen­ing the debate on constitutional reform and engaging the public in the development of any such reforms. The School will convene a working group and roundtable with constitutional experts from the Ukrainian government and representatives from civil society, which will carry out a public information campaign and make available a set of resources on constitutional reform.

Smoloskyp, Inc.
$59,690
To strengthen networks among promising young Ukrainian activists and scholars, expose young people to democratic values and principles, and engage the next gener­ation of Ukrainian activists in the country’s development. Smoloskyp will organize a series of seminars and roundtables, publish its monthly bulletin and a journal, continue to expand its website, and operate its Samvydav (Samizdat) Archive and Museum.

Sumy Regional Committee of Youth Organizations
$32,937
To promote the third sector in rural areas of northeastern Ukraine. The Committee will continue to work with its existing network of 36 rural NGOs in Ukraine’s Sumy, Chernihiv, and Poltava regions to expand civil society initia­tives. The Committee will also develop a website for rural NGOs, publish eight issues of its Spalakh news bulletin, and distribute a brochure on developing civil society initiatives in rural regions.

Ukrainian Catholic University
$56,000
To support the Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU), an online news agency that covers the issues of church-state relations, freedom of conscience, and conflicts between Ukraine’s various faith communities.

Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Research Named After Oleksandr Razumkov
$39,990
To publish three issues of National Security and Defense, one of the most widely read policy journals in Ukraine. Each issue of the journal, published in an edition of 3,000 copies in Ukrainian and 800 copies in English, provides a thorough examina­tion of an issue of particular importance to Ukraine’s democratic transitions.

Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research
$99,980
To carry out four research projects on various aspects of democratic develop­ment, including the situation in Crimea and the state of civil society in Ukraine; monitor the national legislature; propose amend­ments to legislation to bring it into line with democratic principles; develop a system for monitoring emerging political threats; and disseminate information to raise public and official awareness of key issues in the consolidation of Ukraine’s democracy.

Ukrainian Youth Association of Ukraine (UYA)
$41,560
To conduct NGO training seminars and outreach programs in the Prylutskiy and Ichnyanskiy districts of Chernihiv re­gion, Pavlohradskiy and Novomoskovskiy districts of Dnipropetrovsk region, and Pervomaiskiy, Domanivskiy, and Vese­lynivskiy districts of Mykolaiv region. In addition, the UYA will organize intern­ships with civic organizations and gov­ernment offices for selected program participants. Finally, the UYA will hold a small grants competition, which will provide funding for six civic initiatives focusing on increasing civic activism.

Vinnytsia Regional Committee of Youth Organizations
$29,987
To increase cooperation and communi­cation between government, business, and civil society sectors in Ukraine’s Vinnytsia and Khmelnitsky regions. The program will include a number of trainings including a seminar for NGO leaders on developing existing initia­tives to better serve their communities; a seminar on grant writing and devel­opment; and training for NGO leaders, business professionals, and local officials seeking to develop joint initiatives.

West Ukrainian Resource Center
$27,011
To strengthen the role of community members in local governance. The Center will hold a competition to select three villages in Lviv region for the program, which will receive training, start-up supplies and equipment, and guid­ance over the course of the project.

Western Ukrainian Regional Training Center
$46,027
To increase the involvement of civil society in the planning and preparation for the 2012 European Soccer Championship, which will be held jointly in Ukraine and Poland. The Center will organize civic forums for NGOs and activists, create an internet forum, and publish relevant information relating to the UEFA 2012 Championship.

Youth Alternative
$118,520
To foster youth activism. Youth Alternative will select 30 students from leading Kyiv universities to serve eight-month fellow­ships in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s national legislature. One hundred twenty students from universities in 21 regional cities will serve five-month internships in local councils. Interns will participate in a variety of training, academic and research activities during their internships.

Zakarpattya Regional Organization of Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)
$12,822
To conduct a three-month vote monitoring program that will include long-term, medi­um-term, and election-day monitoring for Ukraine’s October 2010 local and regional elections. The specific elections to be mon­itored will be those for region, city, and vil­lage councils and city, township, and village mayors; these will be the first elections to take place under the new election law.

Zaporizhzhya Regional Organization of Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU)
$10,880
To monitor Ukraine’s October 2010 regional elections. The Zaporizhzhya CVU will monitor the pre-election campaign, the work of regional and local electoral commissions, elec­tion coverage in the regional mass media, and Election Day proceedings.