The Grant Program was initiated by the Organic Initiative
The purpose of the Grant Program is to support the organic producers to overcome the current situation and preserve and strengthen the capacity of the organic sector of Ukraine in the mid- and long-term.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion to Ukraine in February 24th, Ukraine’s organic sector, like the entire agricultural and food industries, is being affected. Much of the land used for organic production has been lost in combat or due to occupation. Despite all the difficulties, many organic producers have started the sowing season, provided organic products to the Armed Forces, territorial defence, are providing accommodation and food for the refugees from different parts of Ukraine.
In the first phase, the Grant Program will be available for micro, small and medium enterprises and small-scale farmers in Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy regions which were occupied during the first months of invasion as well as from other regions suffered from active hostilities.
In the first phase the Grant Program will support:
- cost of organic certification;
- purchasing organic products from organic producers (with further distribution among internally displaced persons, vulnerable population, etc);
- support with access to plant protection products, fertilizers and other inputs permitted in organic production, seeds, and other support related to organic technologies.
* The application deadline has been extended!
Applicants will be notified of their support decisions no later than June 1, 2022.
The maximum amount of the grant within the 1st phase of the program will be UAH 70,000.
Currently, the Grant Program is financially supported by Switzerland within the framework of the Organic Trade 4 Development in Eastern Europe (OT4D) Program implemented by IFOAM – Organics International in partnership with HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL); the Swiss-Ukrainian Program “Higher Value Added Trade from the Organic and Dairy Sector in Ukraine” implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL, Switzerland) in partnership with SAFOSO AG (Switzerland), Sunrise Foods International (Canada), Asociace místních potravinových iniciativ (Czech Republic) and BTU-CENTER (Ukraine).
The dates of the 2nd phase of the program will be announced separately and will depend on the availability of funds.