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Why does Ivano-Frankivsk need grant programmes?

On October 19th, Promprylad. Renovation Innovation Centre hosted the round table “Impact of Local Grant Programmes on Ivano-Frankivsk Development”.

We have invited for discussion the representatives of the programmes that provide grant support to develop Ivano-Frankivsk:

- Yuliia Liakhovych, co-founder of the Urban Space 100 public restaurant;
- Iryna Korolchuk, Operations Manager, Teple Misto Platform (Small Grants);
- Khrystyna Kostyrko, Coordinator of the Ivano-Frankivsk Participation Budget Project;
- Ihor Popadiuk, Investment Policy Head, Ivano-Frankivsk City Council.

The initiatives that have received funding for the implementation of social projects have been also engaged:

- Yurii Symchych, representative of Franko Bicycle Club;
- Sofiia Deichakivska, representative of Kufer Online Media;
- Yurii Trelevskyi, representative of Arduino, Eco City, Kids Monitoring Air Quality and Children’s 3D Lab;
- Sviatoslav Naida, representative of the Button of Chance project;
- Andrii Shpak, co-coordinator of the Paragraph student space.

The participants discussed the importance of social projects for city development and the initiatives Ivano-Frankivsk currently lacks. In addition, they identified the difficulties teams face when applying for grants and implementing projects.

Please read short summarising recommendations from the round table participants:

Sofia Deichakivska noted that a serious challenge for the project implementation is a lack of statistics or denial of access thereto. 

Activists noted that poor communication with the city council and specialized departments is often an obstacle. They have neither interest nor developed mechanisms for public involvement.

Yuliia Liakhovych recommended that the initiators apply a business approach to their projects; focus on the result; and have clear, preferably measurable, goals and a project implementation plan. At the same time, the benefits of projects remain socially significant in terms of the goals set by the team. Just like in business, you have to understand the target output and key project performance and align with them.

Iryna Korolchuk added about the importance of involvement of local businesses in the social project support.

During the conversation, it was an interesting thought that businesses aiming to become socially responsible could choose priority areas, co-finance them on an ongoing basis and encourage their employees in this area.

“Social projects should have a global, strategic vision and contribute to a positive image of the city. In the future, we look forward to projects that will have an impact on the city and ability to replicate,” commented Ihor Popadiuk.

Marta Hladka, the event co-organizer and coordinator of the Urban Space: 

“Ivano-Frankivsk is probably a unique city for Ukraine. There are 4 grant development programmes being implemented on an ongoing basis there: participatory budgeting (IF Participation Budget), startup financing from the Ivano-Frankivsk City Council Investment Policy Department, Urban Space 100 Grant Programme and the Teple Misto Small Grants.

When it came to the challenges, however, the biggest challenge was identified as inactivity of the community, misunderstanding of NGOs’ purpose and impact of social projects on the city’s development. It seemed like a lack of communication about the opportunities in the city. I think this is a direction which we need to put more efforts in.”

The moderator Nataliia Senytsia summed up: “It’s important for residents to be aware of their own opportunities to change the city and influence their well-being. Even if you just take some coffee in Urban Space, you are already a giver. The most important thing to remember is that we together create the “magic of the city” which we live in.”

The round table was organized by the Teple Misto platform, a local partner of the project “Regional Media as a Public Activator in the Process of European Integration of Ukraine” implemented by the International Solidarity Fund (Warsaw, Poland) and Lion Society under the Democracy Support Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

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