Multi-purpose cash assistance in Ukraine
Estonian Refugee Council is providing multi-purpose cash assistance (MPC) and cash-based assistance for heating to support Ukrainians affected by the war. We are supporting various target groups in the following oblasts: Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Mykolaiv.
The consideration for multi-purpose cash assistance depends on assessing a household as vulnerable against categories of socio-economic and protection-oriented vulnerability criteria. The initial pre-approval is based on the information provided by the primary applicant representing the household during the call with the ERC team or via submitting an online assistance request. If the decision on your application is positive, the amount of assistance is 3,600 UAH per person per month for the duration of 3 months. The cash assistance amount will be transferred to the bank account specified by you. Households who following assessment are found to have already received similar assistance from another agency or organisation – for the same period – are excluded from ERC’s MPC assistance.
Due to the high number of requests, you can re-apply for receiving multi-purpose cash assistance six months after receiving the previous payment. Thank you for your understanding!
During this winter season, our organisation is providing financial cash for heating assistance (for the purchase of solid fuels such as coal, firewood, briquettes, or pellets or for the payment for gas heating) to households living in rural and peri-urban areas facing difficulties to cover their winter heating needs. The target oblasts and individual vulnerability assessments are the same as those for the multi-purpose cash assistance programme. If the decision on your application is positive, the amount of cash for heating assistance is 17,500 UAH per household for the whole season. The cash assistance amount will be transferred to the bank account specified by you.
In order to receive assistance, you need to:
Step 1: Get your application pre-approved
If you are currently in the programme area:
Registration of requests for assistance is carried out from Monday to Wednesday from 9.00 to 12.00. Please call any of the following numbers:
NB! We currently receive thousands of calls per day. Please understand that there are difficulties in getting through. Phone lines may be overloaded.
When calling, you will need to insert the number according to the region in which you are currently living:
During the call our team will assess your vulnerability, and if your request is pre-approved, a specialist will add your mobile phone to our database. Only after confirmation from our specialist can you proceed to the next step.
If you live in temporarily occupied areas:
If you are currently residing in the temporarily occupied (after February 24, 2022) or recently de-occupied territories (not earlier than 2 months before the date of application) and are unable to make phone calls, submit your request here:
Registration will be open on Mondays and at times when our operational capacity allows. Please understand that we have limited resources available and we cannot process a large number of requests. We apologise for the temporary inconvenience!
We will send you a notification with the results of your request to the e-mail address specified in the request.
If you urgently need multi-purpose cash assistance:
If your household, within the past month, has been displaced, mandatorily evacuated, or directly affected by shelling/missile strike, you can submit an expedited multi-purpose cash assistance request here:
We will send you a notification of the results of your request to the email address specified in the request. Please read the conditions carefully before submitting the request!
Step 2: Fill in the online application
If your application has been pre-approved, you can proceed to fill out the online form. To start filling out the online application form, you will need to enter your mobile phone number. If your mobile phone is approved, you can fill out the online application form here:
Step 3: Wait for your application to be processed
After filling out the application form, our team will review the information you have provided and, if necessary, inform you of the need to provide additional information to the email address specified in the application form. After the final confirmation, the payment will be made to your bank account. You can check the status of your application on this page by entering your phone number:
The decision to create an application is voluntary, and the information provided remains confidential. The information you provide during the call and in this form will only be used for the vulnerability assessment of your household and for programme assessment purposes. The information collected will be shared with the programme evaluation team and be only accessible by the team members. The results of the assessment will be shared with programme donors in a non-identifiable manner. If you have any questions or concerns about the information being collected with this form, please submit a request through the online form.
For complaints, feedback, or technical support you can contact us on the ERC Hotline 0-678-617-998 from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 16.00 or submit a request online.
Please be aware, all humanitarian aid is free! If someone asks you to pay, do something inappropriate or perform any favour or sexual action in exchange for help, say no and call our partner hotline 0-800-309-110 / 0-800-30-77-11 / 0-800-331-800.
In the future, the list of requirements for beneficiaries or target regions may be changed and the list of categories expanded.
The programme is implemented with funding from the Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA/USAID), Ukraine Humanitarian Fund managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), and the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.