HBCE Grant Program

HBCE welcomes applicants for its Grant Program on sustainable development in culture and education in Ukraine. We are based on the principle that culture and education are fundamental assets of a strong society and essential for change, as well as for the growth of Ukraine’s competitiveness. We support bottom-up initiatives with innovative approaches, cross-sector or international cooperation in art, culture and education.


Grants will be awarded once a year for project proposals from non-governmental organizations inside or outside Ukraine. Funding ranges from 500 EUR to 5,000 EUR and covers 70% of the total project budget.


Applications should be submitted online in English. Applications in Ukrainian will not be considered by HBCE.

Eligibility criteria

  • Projects in culture / art / education
  • Implementation in Ukraine
  • Propose relevant themes / innovative methodologies
  • Focus on community development and action
  • Bottom-up approach
Application form

The form will be active when the call for applications is announced

Grants competition results 2018-2019

Art Criticism Course

IST Publishing

The aim of ‘Art Criticism course’ is to determine the value and worth of art criticism for social transformation processes; to develop and deliver innovative critical writing practices to Ukraine and to provide an opportunity for students to engage with creative writing for local media. Implementation сity: Kharkiv.

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Creating Ruin: Theorizing Ruins

Сharitable Foundation Method

The project ‘Creating Ruin: Theorizing Ruins’ (seminar and online publication) brings together artist and scholars who are interested in a discussion on political and aesthetical approaches to theorizing memory, history of the East-Central European countries, and in particular, in Ukraine. It aims to start a discussion on the ways cultural archives are collected and interpreted, and how they clarify the present-day condition. Implementation city: Kyiv.

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FOCUS: film creation and education

Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema CUC

The project aim is to build a local film language and independent film product which will speak universal language with international audience and will prosper local film potential. CUC believe, that every region and community have stories which have to be told and delivered internationally. Implementation city: Lviv.

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Biennale of Young Art

NGO Homo Ludens

The second Biennale of Young Art in 2019 will be held in Kharkiv. The Biennial is founded by the Ministry of Culture and is one of the most significant events initiated by the state in the field of visual art in Ukraine. In the framework of the Biennale, the organizers plan to hold an educational program. The purpose of the program is to involve various social groups in cultural life in Kharkiv through artistic educational projects. Project implementation city: Kharkiv.

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Zabih Performance Festival

Society Initiatives Institute

The festival ‘Zabih’ is a platform for contemporary art researches and discussions. Through the performance art it creates a dialogue between artists and society, people and spaces, history and nowadays. The aim is to create, arrange and support performance art community and popularization of performance art in Ukraine. Make a connection between Ukrainian performance art community and other art communities from abroad. Implementation city: Lviv.

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The next selection will be open in 2019


Harald Binder, founder HBCE
Bozhena Zakaliuzhna, director of Jam Factory Art Center
Vasyl Kosiv
Iryna Starovoyt

Detail information about the experts will be published soon.


In the list above.
Information about the projects supported last year
on the “Supported projects” page.


January – November, 2019


– Current news from the HBCE
– Information from our partners and winners
– Useful information for the third sector

The transparency statements

Fairness and transparency are highly valued by the HBCE Grant Program. All applicants have an equal right to participate in the competition, assuming the eligibility criteria are met.


Project applications have be submitted by public organizations, charitable foundations and other non-governmental organizations that have a non-profit status. Only one project from the organization is accepted for consideration. Supported projects must be implemented during the specified period in the competition. Applications should be submitted in English. All applicants must add the budget form according to sample which is given. The list of questions in the online form can be previewed in the file below.

Application form questions.pdf
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Consideration of proposals takes place in 2 stages. The first stage – technical selection of applications, verification of compliance with the conditions and criteria of the Grant Program. In the second stage, all applications that have passed the technical selection will be evaluated, and winning projects selected by an expert jury. The jury composition will be announced after the application deadline. The decision of the jury is final and cannot be appealed.


Applicants will be notified personally of the results by e-mail, and winning projects will be published on our website once selected. Only the organizations that passed the technical stage of the application selection receive the letter about the results of the selection.


  • Suggest innovative, inclusive, interactive and participatory practices
  • Foster creative and critical thinking
  • Build on multidisciplinary cooperation
  • Develop international partnerships


  • Publicize project activities in media and social media
  • Mention HBCE as co-financing organization of the project
  • Use the HBCE logo where appropriate (printed items, website, posters, etc.)
  • Implement the project within the timeframe of the grant, and send the report by the specified deadline
  • Allow HBCE to publish photos and short descriptions of the project on its website


After the project is finished a final report should be sent to HBCE within the defined timeframe, no later than a month after the completion of the project. The report is comprised of a descriptive report, a comparative budget, confirmation of expenses according to budget items (bills, tickets ets), samples of printed items, lists of media coverage and advertising, and photos and videos from project events. The reporting details will be sent individually to the beneficiaries of the Grant Program.


The HBCE Grant Program may cover up to 70% of the total budget of the project. Please note that there are some non-eligible costs, including construction, repair and infrastructure works, purchase of equipment, office rent and utilities, debt and debt service charges, and double costs (expenses covered by other sources). Some exceptions may be allowed by individual request.


The total amount granted by HBCE is transferred in two parts.The first transfer will be delivered before the project implementation (80%). The second transfer will be delivered after receiving the final report (20%).


All applicants must submit a completed budget form according to the sample below. You can download the file “Budget form.excel” below and attach it to the application form. An example of a completed budget is also given below.

Example of a budget form.xls
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Budget form.xls
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