Ukraine is under siege following a full-scale military invasion by Russia on 24 February 2022


25 January 2022 — 24 July 2023

ZMINA 2.0 is a project to provide emergency assistance to the war-affected population and culture. IZOLYATSIA implemented the project with the financial support of the European Union. Initially, the project was meant to work with art for the sake of achieving local social, civic, and economic development. The project foresaw the renovation of the House of Culture in Soledar ATC, a two-year cultural programme in cooperation with the Department of Culture and the House of Culture of Soledar ATC, and trips of community culture bus GURTOBUS to different regions in Ukraine during 2022-2023.

Following the full-scale Russian military aggression against Ukraine initiated on 24 February 2022, an urgent need arose to provide emergency and resilience assistance to the Ukrainian authorities and the population. Therefore, the ZMINA 2.0 project had two main directions:

  • Addressing the immediate war-related population needs;
  • Subgrants for culture projects.

As a result, the final beneficiaries of the programme were 428 035 people, including 236 690 women, 190 403 men and 942 people who did not indicate their gender. 


In total, 239 663 final beneficiaries received emergency assistance under the programme, of which 47 170 were IDPs and 192 493 were war-affected people.

Emergency assistance was provided in 21 regions of Ukraine, namely: Kherson, Volynsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovs'k, Donetsk, Zhytomyr, Zakarpattia, Zaporizhzhia, Kirovohrad, Kharkiv, Chernivtsi, Khmelnytsk, Chernihiv, Odesa, Poltava, Rivne, Sumy and Ternopil regions.

As a result, 68 communities in these regions received emergency assistance. In particular, over 18 months, 96 requests for assistance were received and satisfied, 12.5% of which were requests for repair and renovation. 26 communities also received assistance in connection with blackouts and emergency insulation.

Assistance was provided to 40 shelters, 35 (87.5%) of which received equipment and 5 received repair costs.

As part of the programme, 13 humanitarian aid shipments were made at the request of communities, 16 328 food packages and 11 487 hygiene kits were distributed. 


According to the programme, 71 cultural projects were supported, of which 12% were implemented online, 68% offline, and 20% in a mixed format.

A total of 292 events were held during the two waves. The first wave supported 27 cultural projects, and the second wave supported 42 projects to restore cultural life and support culture in local communities as part of Ukraine's struggle for freedom and independence.

Cultural projects under the ZMINA 2.0 programme were implemented with the support of 127 local authorities in 15 regions of Ukraine.

The final beneficiaries of the programme were 188 372 people.

Cultural projects under the programme were carried out in various formats, namely: 18% in the form of performances and concerts, 40% in the form of workshops, training and seminars, 18% in the form of podcasts, videos and multimedia events, and finally, 24% of projects were multidisciplinary (discussions, creative meetings, etc.).

The projects under the ZMINA 2.0 programme received 1356 mentions in local and national media, as well as 2044 mentions in social media.

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