Ukraine must develop as an open, equitable and eco-friendly society

Incubator for Green Communities is an undertaking by representatives of the civil society to jointly create and implement a strategic vis...

27 April 2016

Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine

Incubator for Green Communities ( invites to join a multi-stakeholder partnership for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ukraine. 


We are a global team led in Ukraine by Nataliya Datchenko of the Ukrainian Social Investment Fund and in the U.S. by Sergiy Shtukarin of the Arizona State University’s McCain Institute for International Leadership.

Our aim is to design a mechanism for mentoring Ukraine's local communities in achieving SDGs, facilitating the implementation of pilot projects and helping communities fundraise, transfer knowledge and scale successful practices.

We strive for innovative, sustainable and scalable approaches for advancing the SDGs in an integrated manner (addressing interlinkages among multiple goals and targets) while also reaching vulnerable groups.

Prospective partners are expected to have demonstrable successes in sustainability work, and interest in being engaged at community level throughout Ukraine. Government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions will be among our priorities.

Partners will be invited to provide mentorship in designing and piloting the Incubator. Together we will seek bringing on board additional talent and treasure.

In return, we will promote the partners’  leadership on sustainability and international development in Ukraine, and jointly explore ways to expand the partners’ global impact. We will send a more detailed description of the proposed partnership to shortlisted organizations.

To express your interest, please fill in this short form:, or email us:

26 April 2016

UN Invites Ukrainians to Become Sustainable Development Champions


The United Nations in Ukraine invites everyone to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals and become part of this massive and ambitious program in Ukraine!

Among the proposed steps are the following:

Hosts lectures, sporting events, educational session on sustainable development in one’s city, town, school or university and become a partner of the UN in Ukraine for Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine: 

1. Choose one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and dedicate your event in Ukraine to one of them.
2. Think about a convenient and interesting format of your event:
  • sports contest
  • bike ride, race
  • round table
  • debates
  • public lecture
  • lecture by students to young people in a local park.
3. Tell about your idea and the theme of the event to teachers in their college, school, university, other educational institution, laying out the plan on one page
4. Decide on the location of the event. Any lecture hall, study room, school yard or local park - all these are great places to find out and talk about sustainable development in Ukraine.
5. Invite friends, family members, teachers and co-thinkers to become co-organizers and participants of the event.
6. Conduct your event.
7. Distribute information about the event on the web sites, social media pages of university, school or your educational institution, adding the hashtag #GlobalGoals.
8. Share the story and photographs of the conducted event on social media pages by adding the hashtag #ЧемпіониСталогоРозвитку (#SustainabilityChampions).
9. Receive a certificate from the UN in Ukraine "Champions of Sustainable Development", confirming your partnership in the program for Sustainable Development in Ukraine

Take part in the information campaign "SustainabilityChampions": 

Tell your friends on your social media pages and on the official Facebook page of the UN in Ukraine on your contribution to sustainable development in Ukraine, adding the hashtag #ЧемпіониСталогоРозвитку (#SustainabilityChampions)!

To participate in the project one needs to make a photo / video in any format along with A4 poster of one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which is easy to print on a standard color printer.

To your photo, please attach a brief description, quotation, your words, etc., which would in simple words easily explain why and how you are aiming to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine, why do you consider achieving them to be important and which positive changes they will bring to the Ukrainian society. (1-2 paragraphs)


Success Story: A Village Resident Achieved Energy Independence (video)


New sources of energy are becoming more popular in Ukraine. A resident of Berezivka in the Kyiv region proclaimed independence from utility companies.

To survive in an open field. Such a challenge was faced by Stanislav, when he decided to move with his family to the village of Berezivka near Kyiv. According to him, in the place where his house now stands, there was a wasteland: no light, no water. He made it all on his own.

Stanislav installed a wind turbine at home and has been generating over 300 kW of electricity per month. Also he has put solar panels and now produces more energy than consumes.
The house also has energy-saving light bulbs, an A+ refrigerator, and even a "thermopot" - an energy-saving miracle!

For such a system Stanislav paid USD 10k, however, this is not the main thing for him. The point is his energy independence. This homeowner is not going to stop there and considers buying an electric vehicle.


25 April 2016

Competition of student projects on sustainable development


National network of partner universities "Higher educational institutions and sustainable community development" supported by the joint EU/UNDP project Community Based Approach to Local Development Project (CBA) announces the first contest of micro-grants for implementation of student projects on the topic "Sustainable Development with the Participation of Local Communities".

The competition is conducted to enhance public and social activities of students as the most important factors of formation of a new type of specialists, development of moral qualities and responsibilities of students, creating opportunities for harmonious intellectual, spiritual and physical development of an individual student, and formation of students’ management skills, leadership, teamwork etc.

The submitted projects of student initiatives submitted to the competition should be exploration-oriented, practical and applicable, and be important for a local community, and be relevant to the theme and requirements of the competition.

Projects should be based on the results of an independent study of one of the aspects of community development in Ukraine.

Organizing committee: Resource Center for Sustainable Development Cherkasy State Technological University (

Deadline: 10 May 2016.



Olena Berezina, tel: +380939597033
Julia Tkachenko, tel: +380638664956

Grant Competition for Green Community Initiatives


Ukrainian Charitable Foundation "Krona" with  the Group of companies "Niko" implement the environmental program "For Life in a Clean Environment." The organizers will support innovative creative "green" initiatives in communities aiming to help reduce pollution of the environment with emissions and waste, save energy resources and biodiversity.

The purpose of the grant competition - to help communities in different regions of Ukraine in the implementation of energy efficiency projects, protection / restoration of natural resources, development of cleaner production and consumption behaviour. To intensify communities’ cooperation with local authorities in solving environmental problems of their territories.

The maximum grant amount - UAH 200,000.

The deadline for submission of proposals - 30 April 2016

Announcement of results - 20 May 2016



Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska Str., quay 4,
"Dnipro Plaza" Business Centre,
Kyiv, Ukraine, 04070
Phone: +38 (044) 390 33 33 ext 700298

22 April 2016

Mini-grants Competition for Civil Society Activists


The aim of the competition is to support representatives of new NGOs, community activists, initiative groups and individuals with active citizen position, in writing and implementing social projects.

Geography of the competition: Sumy, Poltava, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhya and Dnipropetrovsk regions.

Priority areas:
  • Activation of the local community;
  • Development of intersectoral cooperation at the local level;
  • Promotion of a network of NGOs;
  • Support for local initiatives.

Amount of funding: USD 500.

Deadline: 8 pm on 5 May 2016.

The results will be announced before 8 pm on 19 May 2016.

Time frame for implementation of projects: 1 June - 15 September 2016, reporting period - before 1 October 2016.

Grant application must be submitted in Ukrainian language in electronic format according to the form attached. Page of signature and seal must be duplicated in jpg format.


Please send applications by email to: In the subject line please indicate "SOKMO Mini-grants Competition"

The competition is held by Sumy Regional Committee of Youth Organizations (SOKMO) within the project "School of Civic Activity", with the financial support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Contact person: Dmytro Zinchenko, phone: +38 (095) 761-9103, email: