ESU – Emergency Support Ukraine

ESU is a regional project that provides opportunities for emergency support for Ukrainian civil society and independent media in the wake of the full-scale Russian invasion. ESU is funded by the European Union and implemented by ERIM-led coalition of partners including Human Rights House Foundation. Find out about funding opportunities and how to apply below.


About ESU

ESU is a 30-month (June 2022 – November 2024) project funded by the European Union that aims to strengthen the resilience and effectiveness of war-affected CSOs and civil society actors in Ukraine, including independent media and human rights defenders.

The project supports civil society affected by the war in Ukraine to continue their work through three main areas of action

  • Emergency support for relocation, core costs, legal, psychosocial and anti-burnout activities etc.
  • Capacity development training and grants, including online learning tools and team strategy retreats
  • Advocacy activities including media campaigns, economic and social monitoring and activities combating disinformation and promoting inclusion of IDPs or refugees.

Thank you to the donor of this project

The European Union

Thanks to our partners

Equal Rights & Independent Media (ERIM)

East Europe Foundation

Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House

Human Rights House Tbilisi

Black Sea Trust


Calls for applications and activities

Funding opportunities listed below are made available to Ukrainian civil society and independent media thanks to the funding of the European Union to the ESU project. These funding opportunities are offered by organisations participating in the implementation of the ESU regional project.

ERIM Emergency and Advocacy Grants

ERIM aims to support CSOs, independent media, cultural workers, as well as individual representatives of these organisations and independent activists who have been affected by the full-scale Russian invasion. ERIM currently offers three opportunities for support:

  1. Emergency support for civil society organisations
  2. Emergency support for individual civil society actors
  3. Advocacy activities

ERIM particularly welcomes applications from women, people with disabilities, ethnic minority groups or the LGBTQI+ community.

Find out more and apply in English and Ukrainian.

Stiykist’ Programme

East Europe Foundation is implementing Stiykist’ Programme which runs from June 2022 to May 2023, and aims to strengthen CSOs, public activists, and media outlets in Ukraine affected by the war.

The Programme mainly targets the central regions of Ukraine, which have become a shelter for many internally displaced people and organisations.

Key areas of activity include:

  • Grant component for civil society organisations and media outlets
  • Strengthening resilience through educational initiatives

Find out more here.