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

Grants competition results 2019-2020

Post-truth: Inclusive radio performance by Arabesky theater and Kharkiv journalists

Arabesky Theater

The Inclusive radio performance is going to be a part of joint production of Arabesky Theater with Kharkiv journalists from different media on the basis of master classes, lectures, discussions of Timothy Snyder’s book “On Tyranny” and book by Israeli historian Juval No Harari “21 lessons for the 21st century”. As a horizontal communications platform, the theater will explore how post-truths work to effectively counteract information trauma and manipulation. In addition to the main theatrical production, we aim to involve people who can’t see the show and to bring staged actions to the world of sounds.

Implementation сity: Kharkiv.

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Post-industrial heritage as art

Center of Cultural Development “Totem”

The aim of the project is fixation, re-thinking and art transformation of post-industrial heritage of Kherson.The project will combine practices of art-revitalisation and audience development. 20 artists will work with the topic of post-industrial heritage of Kherson and create art-works for permanent exhibition in former machine-building factory.

Implementation city: Kherson.

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Author film laboratory

Theatrical space TEO

Intensive practical course of scriptwriting and directing for beginner filmmakers. It reveals all aspects of film production — from the idea to the finished film. It aims at developing of local production of filmmakers. The main goal of the project is to create the conditions for training of a group of young people who want to be filmmakers.

Implementation city: Odesa.

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Archeology of One Apartment

Art Workshop Drabyna

Archaeology of One Apartment is the performance which aims to research the mnemonic relation of the generation of millennials with the material historical legacy through the symbolic archaeological exploration of typical Soviet apartment of the 60s. The term archaeology in this performance strives to produce knowledge about the paradoxes of historical memory using the artistic study of objects from the apartment interior and its semiotic potential.

Project implementation cities: Lviv, Kyiv

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“Sounds of the Prut” Art Residency


The Sounds of Prut is the art residency which results in the production of a musical composition inspired by anthropological research and soundscape studies of the Prut river area in Chernivtsi by Ukrainian, Romanian and Austrian sound artists.They will study context around the river and compose a music piece for the sound installation at the city center and public performance at the river side. The composition will be released online for the World Listening Day on 18 July 2020.

Implementation city: Chernivtsi.

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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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