Social action projects call in Novovolynsk

Do you have an idea for a social action project that will improve the life of the Novovolynsk UTC community? Offer it at a local pitching and get money for the implementation!

From March 09 to 12, 2021, community-level online pitching will take place in Novovolynsk UTC, Volyn Oblast, as part of the Strengthening Cross-Sectoral Collaboration for Social Cohesion (SC3) project.

Local pitching is a call for social action projects with the financial support of the European Commission and the British Council in co-financing with local governments.

Social Action Project - a project aimed at positive social change in the community.

Who can participate?

Active citizens who are planning a social action project for the development of their community and want to receive financial support for its implementation can take part in the pitching.

Details of participation in the competition at the community level (local pitching)

Residents of the Novovolynsk UTC community from the age of 18 who have an idea to improve the life of the community, develop cooperation with local authorities to solve problems and achieve a common goal can participate in the local pitching.

All projects must be implemented by 13 August 2021. Reporting on implemented projects is provided until 13 September 2021.

What are the requirements for Social Action Projects (SAPs)?

The project must be based on generally accepted societal values, be well-planned and relate to local-global connections.

SAPs may also be aimed at:

  • strengthening of social cohesion in Ukraine;
  • creation and strengthening links between volunteers, local authorities, hospitals, businesses and other representatives of the social processes;
  • support for older people and promote inclusiveness (enhancing equal access to the community, including disabled people); 
  • contribution to the improvement of the environment;
  • promotion of youth development, popularization of active citizenship and leadership;
  • support of mental health of the community citizens in condition of social distancing;
  • promotion of the gender equality and ensuring equal rights and opportunities.

Here are some examples of ideas for social action projects, but don't limit your imagination to them:

  • Creative space: creation of creative elements and picturesque corners of improvement on city streets.
  • Carrying out activities to improve the health of young people, safe lifestyles and health culture among young people.
  • Ecological and tourist ideas: laying eco-trails, creating new tourist attractions, etc.
  • Creative initiatives: development of meaningful leisure of youth, youth festivals, events, activities, etc.
  • Ideas aimed at providing access to public and tourist facilities for disabled people.

Project budget:

Up to UAH 30,000 is provided for one social action project

The total pitching budget is UAH 300,000, of which:

  • UAH 150,000 is provided by the Novovolynsk City Council
  • UAH 150,000 is provided by the British Council in Ukraine

The process of submitting a social action project for pitching:

1. Submission of Idea

Submit the idea of a social action project aimed at developing and improving the life of the Novovolynsk UTC community by 28 February 2021, by filling out the online form.

2. Expert evaluation

Your idea will be evaluated by experts. If it is really interesting and useful for the community, then experts from the British Council and partner organizations will help to finalize it and draw up an implementation plan.

3. Training

The selected participants, together with the facilitators, will begin to work on the submitted ideas at a three-day online training, which will take place on 09-11 March 2021. 

British Council National Facilitators will help participants prepare for the pitching (presentation).

Upon completion of the project, it must be re-evaluated (it will be necessary to fill in the application form again) and presented to the committee online on 12 March 2021.

4. Presentation and funding

The presentation takes up to 5 minutes.

Participants will present their finalized projects to the Committee, which will determine the winners until 13 March 2021 and provide funding for the implementation of up to ten projects.

Applicants who do not pass the competitive selection will receive feedback to improve their idea of a social action project, which will help to implement them in the future.

The funded project should be implemented by 13 August 2021. Reporting on implemented projects is to be provided until 13 September 2021.

Local Pitching Organisers:

  • NGO «Youth Platform»
  • Novovolynsk City Council
  • The British Council and the European Union, represented by the European Commission, in the framework of the Strengthening Cross-Sectoral Collaboration for Social Cohesion (SC3) project 
  • Youth Center ‘New Wings’

General information: 

Active Citizens is a social leadership programme that promotes intercultural dialogue and social responsibility. The programme is being implemented by the British Council in Ukraine since 2014. 

Organisations – national partners:  

  • Kherson Regional Charitable Fund ‘UNION’ 
  • Non-governmental organisation ‘Strong community’ 
  • Non-governmental organisation ‘Youth Platform’ 

The Strengthening Cross-Sectoral Collaboration for Social Cohesion (SC3) project is a 36-month project aimed at effectively addressing development challenges and opportunities at local level through improved cooperation between civil society organisations (CSOs) and local authorities (LAs) in Ukraine. It is funded by EU and the British Council, and delivered by the British Council working with three experienced (CSO) co-applicants and will operate across all of the Government-controlled areas (GCA) of Ukraine, including GCA Donetsk and Luhansk. 

European Union, represented by the European Commission 

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, working with over 100 countries across the world.