Grant Program 2022 has an objective to empower social change providers who continue their sustainable activities in the vulnerable setting of the full-scale war challenges.
01 Young Explorer’s Club, Lviv Open Lab
The “Young Explorer’s Club” international project is about the recurrent informal extra-mural meetings of mentors and young people to learn more about science and technologies through personal engagement, independent experiences, and experimentation. The key method is about the development of key competences and abilities during the sessions. It helps go beyond the school boundaries between the subjects and shows that making mistakes is important and valuable because you learn problem-solving in different aspects of life. The project has 2 activity tracks: - training for educators that offers the knowledge and competences required for the organization of the Clubs on the rounds, and running them under the project methodology; - the conduct of the Youth Clubs (13-17 years of age). The project applies a customized methodology designed by the Copernicus Science Center (Warsaw), as a coordinator for the introduction of the Clubs in different countries, with the current total number of 907.
02 Kherson: Chronicles of Cultural Resistance, Totem
Empowerment and scaling of practices of cultural resistance of Kherson. The union of artists staying under occupation and the IDPs to empower the voice of the indomitable Kherson. From day one of the war, one of the activists in Kherson has been keeping a diary “Embroidery Chronicles”: she takes down her observations and creates an embroidery of victory (there is an old saying about the embroidery – when you finish doing it, your wish comes true, i.e. Kherson will be liberated). Her diary is a quintessence of what Kherson people feel under the occupation. Since May, Totem has been bringing together the creative community of Kherson to meet online, in order to maintain it, to prevent the de-occupied Kherson from becoming a cultural desert because most activists and artists are staying abroad today. The team reconnects IDPs to Kherson and builds the new connections. The project idea is to create an online book on the basis of “Embroidery Chronicles”. The IDP authors and authors staying under the occupation will produce illustration for it: everyone will select a day from the diary and literally re-live it along with the author. This would be the way to re-connect with the city and with each other. In re-living their traumatic experiences, project participants will be supported by psychologists from Kherson. One of them is an IDP status (has the evacuation experience) and one staying in Kherson (experience of the life in occupation).
03 At a Distance. With Melitopol in Your Heart, People.UA. Podcast jointly with the Radio Skovoroda
Documenting the experiences of Melitopol community in a podcast format. “Talks with Melitopol people, different in age and professions, who lost everything because of the war, and have to find their new lives in other countries or in other cities, those who united, and those who went to the combat. It is a conversation about their feelings, problems, and hopes. It is about the importance of Ukrainian self-identification, language, and statehood to show to other citizens staying in the city that we all face the same problems and that everyone has it hard today. However, the joint effort and mutual support will help us all survive,” the team summarized the project.
04 Business school “Start up”, Regional Development Agency in Ternopil Region
The career guidance educational project for high school pupils. The objective of the “Start up” Business School is to make and develop the entrepreneurial culture starting from school. The program has two parts: education and practice. The participants will take a course in three subjects on the basics of business, Business English, and IT technologies (the total of 30 classes), and have study visits at 6 companies in Ternopil region to consolidate the practical skills for business development, and have 3 master classes by renowned investors of Ukraine. The project will help teenagers take a unique road of self-development in entrepreneurship, and gain a comprehensive understanding of business as a process, to master the skill of business communication in English. The project also builds a community for young people and helps process the war trauma with the help of investments into your own growth, knowledge, and skills.
05 The study of the impact of war on Ukrainian society, Cedos
The team works on documenting the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people in Ukraine during the full-scale war, for further scientific research, and for comprehending and reflection on the change the Ukrainian society experiences. The project plans to conduct a data analysis on the impact of war during the first six months of the full-scale aggression, and the data has been collected on the impact of the first nine months of the big invasion. Cedos will also share the findings and conduct a one-day research workshop in Lviv on how to run sociological surveys during the war.
06 Circle of Care, Angel’s Care
Circle of Care is an awareness month for medical professionals on how to address grief. It is the recurrent event organized by the project team for the third time now, from November, 15, to December, 15. The project objective is to raise awareness among medical professionals who work with parents going through the perinatal loss. It is about the grieving process, dignity, and prevention of professional burnout among health care professionals dealing with losses and the grieving patients. The initiative aims to offer information, efficient tools, and printed hand-outs to the staff in gynecology wards, perinatal and neonatal centers, pediatric ICUs in Ukraine to support the families in their grief. The project also plans an online awareness campaign. This year, the Circle of Care will also focus on the topic of war and building resilience of medics in times of war.
07 “Navigation", Jam factory
The “Navigation” program intends to support artists who were compelled to relocate to Lviv because of the full-scale war. The team wants to create the settings where artists will feel more secure in the new city’s environment and join the professional network. They will be able to better navigate in the professional cultural and artistic domain in Lviv and present their projects for the existing audiences of Jam Factory and for professional community in Lviv, to continue or resume their art activities, to start new projects, also in collaboration with local artists.
During 8 weeks, all participants will be offered a program of events to facilitate their integration into the cultural and artistic field of Lviv and professional development: networking sessions with local artists, gallerists, curators; lectures on the history of Lviv; city walks in Lviv with the urban scholars and researchers of the history of architecture and art; meetings with cultural institutions in the city; workshops and master classes to match the participants’ professional level.
In addition, all course participants will have access to such forms of support as scholarships for the course duration; a site for the presentation of art projects and their promotion (film screenings, artist talks, performances, pop-up exhibitions);
Under the internal competition, some participants will additionally receive such kinds of support as financing for the production of individual art projects; financing of production of art projects in collaboration with local artists or other program participants; time to use the workrooms to make the projects.
Other financial partners, in addition to ZMIN, are the Stabilization Fund for Culture and Education of the Federal Foreign Ministry of Germany and Goethe-Institute.
08 Using Science Against Pain, League for the Development of Journalism
The LIGA.net - LIGA.life team attempts to enhance the voice of science and evidence-based medicine, with the quality analysis of medical and psychological issues faced by Ukrainian people. To achieve positive outcomes, the media plans to engage experts to deal with topics in line with project objectives such as working with trauma, psychological trauma in particular, rehabilitation (primarily after war injuries and heavy combat) and integration for displaced persons and for refugees (with the focus on psychological barriers that come in the way of adaptation in new settings). Every text will be produced by the team work, where a journalist is a co-author with a doctor or a scholar. They will work in close cooperation with the editor to be able to use the easy-to-understand language to explain a complicated topic. The project pursues the promotion of science-based approach and evidence-based medicine, such as trauma-related, among Ukrainian audiences.
09 Communication campaign to support the development of accessibility, inclusion, and democracy during the recovery period after the full-scale war in Ukraine, Dostupno.UA
The project plans to organize the Inclusivity Forum 2022. It is an annual project run by an initiative creating the site for businesses, authorities, and proactive citizens to meet each other, to discuss new projects, challenges, and solutions in Ukraine. The objective is to bring together anyone willing to promote change and act therefor.
10 Open Science: cooperation of ornithologists from Lviv and Melitopol for the preservation of scientific heritage, WUOS and ABSOWG
As of today, the two Ukrainian centers of ornithology studies, the Western Ukrainian Ornithological Society in Lviv (WUOS) and the Azov-Black Sea Ornithology Working Group (ABSOWG) in Melitopol, that have been working for over 35 years now, have accumulated large archives of scientific data. Some materials in Melitopol have been lost already, and the WUOS archives risk the destruction from the missile strikes at any point in time. Registration of the two centers in the GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) to publish the scientific data will make them accessible for the open scientific circulation. With account for high popularity of the GBIF network, the clear information quotation details, and the high focus of researchers from all over the world to the developments in Ukraine, project implementation will help increase the visibility of Ukrainian researchers and studies internationally. The project will be implemented by the ornithologists from the east and south of Ukraine. Some of them had to relocate from the area of hostilities, others were caught by the occupation. In both cases, people find themselves in a dire situation, in moral and financial terms. Enabling the researchers and offering them the opportunity to do what they can and love will increase Ukraine’s visibility on the global academic arena, coming as a critical support to the scientists.
11 Smart Interaction, Young Community
The project is about the implementation of social change in Rudky territorial community (Lviv region) and Dubechne territorial community (Volyn region) through the implementation of efficient solutions to war-related challenges, such as the integration of the original mechanism of “Citizen Token System” (CTS) into local procedures (public budget) and using it in a participatory way for the community’s benefit. During the preliminary piloting of CTS, a number of advantages have been identified for the communities, also including the ability to generate a significant added value for social benefits as compared to costs, and to develop skills of participatory governance among citizens. The project has an objective to enhance the planned activities of the “Young Community” foundation in the second cycle of CTS pilot. They expect to have the 120% increase of participation of the engaged citizens, when they could receive added value to social benefits (support to the army, IDPs, and community).
We wish the teams to have the most efficient implementation of critical change-making projects.