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CSO LINK will ensure the fair and timely involvement of stakeholders from five municipalities (Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava, Cherkasy, Lubny and Berdychiv) in local planning, and will enable CSOs to become equal and reliable partners at local level on issues relevant to resources, energy efficiency and sustainable development. It will encourage CSOs to become important drivers of change and development in Ukrainian society and to act locally at community level.

The programme invests in various ways in building CSO skills and knowledge, thus increasing their capacities to participate in the local environmental policy development process, lobby for change, and monitor the implementation of decisions.


  • Mapping CSO project beneficiaries in the five target municipalities working on sustainable development and energy issues.
  • Developing and implementing a capacity-building curriculum on energy and sustainable development issues for CSOs and other stakeholders, with relevance to EU approximation.
  • Developing and implementing a training curriculum on public participation in decision making, advocacy, lobbying and watchdogging.
  • Providing training on CSO leadership and organisational development, including organisational self-assessment; financial and human resources management; CSO image; cooperation with stakeholders; leadership and good governance; monitoring; and the use of information technology.
  • Offering an internship programme with other organisations (both in Ukraine and abroad) for selected CSO leaders; and offering places on the Young Environmental Leaders Programme to CSO members who have the potential to become leaders in the future.
  • Offering grants of up to EUR 20,000 to consortia of at least three local CSOs from the target municipalities for participation in coordinated actions and cooperation with local government and other stakeholders on priority issues in local energy plans.
  • Organising a study visit to provide an opportunity for CSO members to meet a wide range of organisations abroad; to learn about organisational management issues, local environmental action and cooperation among stakeholders at local level; and to create connections between organisations that might form the basis for future cooperation.