Final Meeting Odesa, Foto Olga Zarko
Final Meeting Odesa, Foto Olga Zarko

Tandem Ukraine: Application Closed

The application process for Tandem Ukraine is now closed. The extended deadline for submitting applications ended on Wednesday 17 April 2019 (23:59 CET). Applicants will be informed on the selection latest by mid May 2019.

Are you a part of:

• a newly developed or a more established cultural initiative, public institution, (civil society) organisation or socially engaged company?

• is it based in Ukraine or its neighbouring regions: e.g. Black Sea, Eastern Europe, Baltics or Balkans*?

(* Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey)

And are you looking for a chance to:

• develop your initiative or organisation through building international collaborations?

• explore and prototype a cultural project idea with local and international partners?

• gain professional and personal contacts to networks in Ukraine and abroad?

Apply now to Tandem Ukraine!
Deadline extended to Wednesday 17 April 2019 (23:59 CET)

Download a PDF version of the call in both, English and Ukrainian


Tandem is a learning-by-doing-it-together programme that supports social change through cultural action. It’s a platform for project initiators to develop new skills, innovate practices and connect to international networks.

Tandem offers a space to build sustainable partnerships that  grow through shared values.

Our vision is to see networks of creative communities emerge from this programme, and our mission is to support the impact of their ongoing efforts.

The goal of the Tandem Ukraine upcoming round is to support newcomers in entering the international cultural stage and allow more experienced actors to reinvent their roles. The programme design invites you to connect locally with new and existing stakeholders, while at the same time establish lasting connections with partners on the international level.


The first Tandem meeting, the Partner Forum, provides the space and a framework for invited applicants to form cross-border collaborations (Tandems). Each Tandem will consist of between two and four partners which represent different levels of experience. One or two of the partners will be based in Ukraine and the others in a country from the neighbouring regions.

After the Partner Forum, Tandems go on a working placement, to explore and gain an insight into the local context of the partner(s) in Ukraine. With this inside knowledge, the collaboration partners will develop a joint pilot project, which will serve as a space for learning, innovation and engagement.

Tandems get the opportunity to receive funding to implement the pilot project in the framework of the programme. Throughout the year, participants meet for networking, workshops and peer-to-peer exchange.

At the end of the programme, there is a final presentation, time for reflection and the opportunity to connect with the growing Tandem network.

See how the programme works step-by-step in the FAQ document.

Click to zoom in to the timeline.
Click to zoom in to the timeline.
In short, we offer:
  • 3 international group meetings with peer-to-peer learning sessions and expert workshops
  • 10-days working placement at the selected partner organisation(s) in Ukraine
  • chance to explore and prototype a project idea with local and international partners
  • methods and tools that support professional and organisational development
  • mentoring support throughout the process
  • access to a growing network of over 500 cultural initiatives in wider Europe
  • reimbursement of travel costs and living expenses during meetings and placements

Tandem Ukraine is for you, in case you are:

• representing a newly developed or a more established cultural initiative, public institution, (civil society) organisation or socially engaged company

• based in Ukraine or its neighbouring regions: e.g. Black Sea, Eastern Europe, Baltics or Balkans*

• someone who has a clear idea of what you can offer to and learn from an (international) partnership

• ready to engage in an intense international learning, reflection and innovation process that requires an open mind and flexibility

• able to provide a minimum time investment of 8 working weeks throughout the one-year-long process

• able communicate in English, Ukrainian or Russian and available to attend every program element mentioned in the timeline

For this Tandem round, it is possible to apply without a pre-established partnership, or together with an already existing local and/or international partnership. This does not influence your chance to be selected. All partners need to apply separately.

Timeline of the programme
  • Partner Forum in Ukraine: 4-8 June 2019
  • Working Placements in Ukraine: June – October 2019
  • Project Design Meeting: October 2019
  • Project Work Phase: November 2019 – May 2020
  • Reflection Meeting: June 2020


Apply by filling this online application form.

Deadline extended to Wednesday 17 April 2019 (23:59 CET)

Check the FAQ document here.
We will upload a print version of the call in English and Ukrainian soon.

The application process takes 30-45 minutes.
You can fill in the application form in English. If it is easier for you, you can submit some of the questions also in Ukrainian or Russian.

Based on the quality of the application and matching potential, we select a balanced mix of up to 32 applicants for the Partner Forum.
We will inform applicants about the selection in the second week of May 2019.

Contact Details

  • Monica Tranchych
  • Project Manager Tandem Ukraine at MitOst