The competition is held annually with the support of various donors. In 2019, the winning projects were funded by the US Department of State and FHI360, in 2020 by the US Embassy in Ukraine.

The purpose of the project is to develop leadership potential and project management skills of young people, as well as support local initiatives aimed at uniting and activating the community, building social dialogue, engaging young people in social processes, promoting active lifestyle.

Target audience: young leaders aged 16-30, including participants of other projects of the NGO “Young Agents of Change”.

Partners: NGOs, local businesses, local governments, youth centers, youth councils, initiative groups of active citizens.


We provide financial support to initiatives that address pressing issues and meet the urgent needs of communities, engaging different age and population groups. Preference is given to those projects that are continued after the competition funding terminates.

Examples of initiatives supported within the competition:

  • seminars, trainings, workshops, public lectures and other educational events;
  • public round tables, debate clubs, public discussions;
  • festivals, exhibitions, inclusive public events;
  • educational campaigns (for example, on such topics as reforms, decentralization, energy efficiency, human rights etc.);
  • public events for territorial development and creation of public leisure zones;
  • internships and study visits provided that the acquired knowledge is applied for the good of participants’ communities.


  • In 2018/2019, the competition supported 12 youth initiatives from ten regions of Ukraine, including post-conflict areas of Donbass. Among 25 community events with hundreds of participants were seminars, training courses, information campaigns, festivals, inclusive community events;
  • In 2019/2020 ten projects of young leaders were supported. Their main achievements are two newly founded youth councils, three permanent debate clubs, five forums, academies and courses to develop relevant to youth skills, all together accounting for over 250 participants and more than 10,000 news views in social networks and enhancing their activity at the local, national and international levels;
  • Handbook of Best Practices in Youth Participation was released in 2020 based on the results of the winning initiatives of the microgrant competition.